Spicy Tasty Jamaican Jerk Tofu

A couple of week ago I made jerk tofu and it was SO full of flavour! I served it with my butternut squash chunky chips.

Some may think of tofu as bland, but it absorbs flavours really well and this dish is everything but bland!

There are so many variations of jerk marinade, mine was inspired by Ainsley Harriot‘s recipe but I plan to try other recipes and update this post accordingly.

I bought my tofu, but if you would like to be extra sustainable, make your own!

I found out about making your own tofu from J-F, who blogs on 222 Million Tons. He lived in Japan and is an expert when it comes to tofu: making it, storing it and using it in delicious recipes.

The recipe included 120ml dark soy sauce. There is a myriad of kinds of soy sauce, with different fermenting duration and ingredient ratios which give very different results, and the one I have is a very sticky, dark and dense Thai one with molasses. Its flavour is very strong and overpowering, therefore I only used 30ml of it and used  light soy sauce for the remaining 90ml.


Jamaican Jerk Tofu

Ingredients to marinade about 500g /1lb tofu

  • 500g (organic) firm tofu, drained and sliced
  • 225g onions, quartered
  • 2 Habañero or Scotch bonnet chillies, halved and seeded
  • 5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • thyme sprigs or 1tsp dried thyme
  • 120ml vinegar
  • 90ml light soy sauce, 30ml dark soy sauce


Jamaican Jerk Tofu Ingredients


I used Scotch bonnet chillies, they are so beautiful and so, SO spicy. Be careful when you cut and handle them, make sure you do NOT touch anything sensitive with your fingers for a few hours after you have cut them, especially your eyes! Or maybe use surgical gloves.

Beautiful and fierce Scotch bonnet chillies


-Put all the ingredients, except for the tofu, in a food processor and whizz until smooth;


Ready to become a spicy paste


Once everything was whizzed up and I took the lid off the blender the fumes from the Scotch bonnet chillies were so strong I thought my face was going to fall off! 🙂

-Put the tofu in a dish and pour the spicy mix over it, cover it with cling film and leave it in the fridge for a few hours.

Not so tasty tofu


Extremely tasty tofu 🙂

-Cook in a pan or bake it and enjoy!

Jerk Tofu with butternut squash chips


Have you tried jerk tofu before? What ingredients did the spice mix include?


2 thoughts on “Spicy Tasty Jamaican Jerk Tofu

  1. We used to do something similar with just soy sauce and ginger, which was nice – but this looks amazing. Will definitely be giving it a try soon.

    Thanks for the pingback. 🙂


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