One-pot Marry Me Tofu Recipe - Savory Spin (2024)

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This One-pot Marry Me Tofu is made by pan-frying tofu and then simmering it in a flavorful and creamy, sun-dried tomato sauce. Easy, tasty, and quick, this dish is a vegan version of the ever-so-popular Marry Me Chicken.

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“I made this tonight and it was literally the best tofu dish I’ve ever had! 10/10…would recommend”

Christy Gossett from Insanity Is Not An Option

I am in no way trying to garner any proposals with this One-pot Marry Me Tofu.

However, I will say that if this dish were a man, I would probably get over my shyness and ask “him” out. Maybe even marry “him.”

I kid, I kid.

On a serious note, this One-pot Marry Me Tofu is sinfully scrumptious.

I based this dish on the popular Marry Me Chicken recipes that have been circulating around.

A little history…

Currently, there are several versions of Marry Me Chicken around. In general, Marry Me Chicken is made by pan-frying skin-on chicken thighs until crispy, then simmering them in a savory, garlic-infused, sun-dried tomato-herb cream sauce.

Marry Me Chicken came to be in a Delish kitchen. It is said to have earned its name when a few Delish editors taste-tested it and exclaimed “I’d marry you for that chicken” and “Oh my God that’s marriage material.” Some even said that this “Marry Me Chicken” was better than the then-infamous “Engagement Chicken.”

In case you thought we were done with the history lesson… psych… it continues…

Engagement Chicken was a roast chicken recipe developed by a fashion editor at Glamour Magazine. It is said that she passed the recipe onto a coworker who served it to her boyfriend who proposed. The recipe was passed around in the office and several other women in the office had marriage proposals soon after making the dish for their boyfriends.

Were the proposals and the dish related? Maybe. Maybe not. Who’s to say?

One thing I can definitely say is that this vegetarian version of that Marry Me Chicken is one heck of a tasty dish. It is so tasty, that even though I have fallen off the vegetarian bandwagon, I will gladly eat this One-pot Marry Me Tofu seven nights a week!

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What are the ingredients to make this One-pot Marry Me Tofu?

You will need the following 11 ingredients to make this One-pot Marry Me Tofu, and they are:

  1. Tofu
    I used extra firm tofu
  2. Vegan Butter
    I am not being paid to say this, but I love using Earth-balance vegan butter in most of my recipes.
  3. Garlic
    Minced garlic can be used, though I used fresh garlic that I grated.
  4. Oregano
    Dried oregano worked well in this dish.
  5. Smoked paprika
    Adds a smoky delicious flavor to this dish.
  6. Za’atar
    Along with smoked paprika, za’atar adds so much flavor to this.
  7. Chili flakes
    For a very slight hint of heat. You can leave it out if you prefer.
  8. Vegetable Broth
    You could use water, but the vegetable broth is just another way to add flavor to this.
  9. Coconut Milk
    I used full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk.
  10. Sun-dried tomatoes
    I used drained sun-dried tomatoes in oil (not the dry sun-dried tomatoes) is one of the major ingredients and is not to be subbed out or left out.
  11. Parmesan cheese
    I used a little bit as a garnish.
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I based this One-pot Marry Me Tofu recipe on this Marry me chicken recipe, with a bunch of substitutions.


I substituted tofu for chicken, coconut milk for heavy cream, vegan butter for butter, and chicken broth for vegetable broth.

I left out the bacon and added smoked paprika and za’atar for a flavor-packed spin to this dish.

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From the time I drained the tofu to add a garnish of parsley to this One-pot Marry Me Tofu, this dish took less than 30 minutes to make. It is perfect for a weeknight meal or a more elaborate weekend dinner.

This dish is so tasty, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike are sure to love this dish!

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This One-pot Marry Me Tofu dish is a versatile vegetarian side dish that can be served with some roti, some rice, or even some pasta.

For a healthier spin, the other night, I enjoyed this One-pot Marry Me Tofu with some Lemon Za’atar Quinoa and licked the plate clean!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. If you make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think of it. If you prefer a version with chicken, make sure to check this recipe out. For more fusion, spice-filled, recipe ideas, please subscribe and follow me onInstagramandPinterest!

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Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

This One-pot Marry Me Tofu is made by pan-frying tofu and then simmering it in a flavorful and creamy, sun-dried tomato sauce. Easy, tasty, and quick, this dish is a vegan version of the ever-so-popular Marry Me Chicken.


  • 1 14-oz package of Extra Firm Tofu
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp za'atar
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup + 3 TBSP coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil (drained)
  • 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste
  • 2 TBSP of fresh parsley to garnish


  1. Remove the tofu from the package and drain well. Then cut it into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Add the vegan butter to a large frying pan and toss the tofu pieces in. I had the heat is set at slightly above medium on my gas stove. Let the tofu pan-fry for about 2–4 minutes, or until golden brown. Then flip the tofu pieces and let pan-fry on the other side for 2–4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. Peel and grate the garlic cloves onto the tofu pieces.
  4. Roughly chop up the sun-dried tomato and add it to the pan as well.
  5. Add the smoked paprika, oregano, za'atar, and chili flakes to the pan and stir well.
  6. Then add in the vegetable broth and 1/4 cup of the coconut milk and stir well for about 2–3 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the rest of the coconut milk and stir well.
  7. Season with salt to taste.
  8. Add in the Parmesan.
  9. Garnish with chopped parsley and enjoy!
Nutrition Information

Yield 4Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 184Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 2mgSodium 258mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 12g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information.Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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What is the tofu rule? ›

No one cares about unblocking a task as much as the person doing it. That's why it's important for that person to follow the Take Ownership and Follow Up (TOFU) principle. That means taking ownership of the task and chasing the people you are waiting on until it gets done.

What does pouring boiling water over tofu do? ›

“Simmering cubed tofu in salted water for 60 seconds pulls out excess moisture and tightens the proteins on its surface,” Lukas Volger told Bon Appétit in 2021.

What is the secret to cooking tofu? ›

Tofu contains a large amount of water when it comes out of the package. In order to bake, fry, or scramble tofu, it's best to press out as much water as possible before cooking.

How do you get the most flavor out of tofu? ›

12 Ways To Add More Flavor To Tofu
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  2. Coat tofu in starch before cooking. ...
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  4. Use a marinade. ...
  5. Toss it in a sauce. ...
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  7. Roast tofu for tasty caramelization. ...
  8. Try deep frying your tofu.
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What not to eat with tofu? ›

What to not serve with tofu? According to studies, a high volume consumption of tofu and spinach together can increase your risk of kidney stones. Tofu and spinach contain calcium and oxalic acid respectively and the combined can form kidney stones.

What to avoid with tofu? ›

Tofu may help treat and prevent metabolic syndrome, cancer, and other health conditions. Soy may have a small negative effect on thyroid medication. It may also alter the effectiveness of the blood thinner warfarin. Don't eat soy or soy products if you're allergic to them.

What happens if you don't drain tofu before cooking? ›

Here's the thing: even though tofu might be labeled firm or extra-firm, it contains a lot of water. This excess water can cause the tofu to crumble when you cook it, and it will also have a hard time crisping up. But when you press tofu, you remove the excess moisture.

What does adding cornstarch to tofu do? ›

Coating your tofu with a mixture of cornstarch and salt will give it a crunchy coating with great flavor. You can also use potato starch, regular flour, or even gluten-free flour instead of cornstarch, but the cornstarch crisps up the best. You can bake, pan-fry, or deep fry your tofu.

Why do people soak tofu in brine before frying? ›

Why does the brine work? Both the heat and the salinity of the water draw moisture out of the surface of the tofu, helping it crisp and brown. The hot water also gradually tightens the proteins at the surface of the tofu, helping keep any remaining moisture inside.

What to season tofu with? ›

Press the tofu to eliminate as much water as possible, at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Marinate the tofu for at least 30 minutes to infuse it with flavor. Alternatively, you can skip this step and season the tofu right before cooking with a dash of salt and pepper or paprika and chili flakes.

Why won t my tofu get crispy? ›

If your crispy tofu isn't getting crispy, it could be because there is too much moisture in the tofu. Another issue could be the oil isn't hot enough to fry the tofu. Or you forgot to add the corn flour. These three reasons can cause your tofu to be soggy or not crisp up as much as you'd like.

What can I marinate tofu in? ›

In a mixing bowl or measuring cup with a spout, whisk together the marinade: soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, ginger, and Sriracha. Drizzle over the tofu. If any pieces look bare, turn them over in the marinade a few times so all of the sides are coated.

Why is my tofu so tasteless? ›

Not Using Enough Seasoning

"Coat tofu generously in herbs, spices, and sauces. You can marinate it before or after cooking, just make sure you use plenty of seasonings like ginger and garlic, soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, green onions, vinegar, cajun seasoning, and other strong flavors," she says.

Why is my tofu so mushy after cooking? ›

Probably it has too much water in it. One good solution is to put the tofu, in its original whole block, on a plate or sheet pan. Tip it at a slight angle by propping up one side. Put a weight — a plate will be just fine — on the tofu.

Why does my tofu have no flavor? ›

Plain tofu has no specific flavor and is honestly, quite bland. This might be why people tend to hate it but the fact that it's bland is exactly why we should LOVE it. The texture of tofu is more important than the taste- all the different types of tofu have different textures.

What does tofu mean top of funnel? ›

Top of Funnel, or ToFu, refers to content created for, or marketing actions performed at, the start of the buyer's journey. It's named in reference to the beginning (or top) of an organization's sales funnel. Some examples of ToFu include blog posts and eBooks.

Why do Buddhists eat tofu? ›

An important source of protein for monks

For the monks, who must abstain from meat, tofu is an important source of protein.

Does tofu count towards 5 a day? ›

Tofu does not count as a vegetable when scoring for 5 A Day. It is in the protein category of the food pyramid. Tofu is made from soy milk and unlike fruits, vegetables, and whole dried beans, it is low in fiber.

Does tofu count as protein or vegetable? ›

Other soy products such as tofu and tempeh are part of the protein foods group. Based on how they are made, these foods are similar in nutritional content to other protein foods and because of this are generally consumed as a protein source rather than as a vegetable.


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