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Vegan Blackened Tofu with Cheesy Grits

Healthy baked blackened tofu served with super cheesy easy grits. The ultimate comfort food!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Lauren Hartmann


Blackened Tofu

  • 1 Block(15oz.) Extra firm tofu
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Thyme, dried
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

Cheesy Grits

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 1/4 Cups Non dairy milk, I used almond milk
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Grits, quick cooking
  • 1/4 Cup Vegan butter, I used Earth Balance


  • Press the tofu first, you can do that right before, or the morning before you plan to make this. Use either a tofu press, or place the tofu on some paper towels and put something heavy on top. Press for at least 20 minutes, but the longer the better. 
  • When ready, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Now, cut the tofu into cubes, and place them in a medium sized mixing bowl. Then pour the olive oil and mustard into the bowl, and toss the tofu to coat it in oil and mustard. 
  • Next, sprinkle all the spices onto the tofu, and toss again to coat evenly in all the spices. 
  • Then, place the tofu on a baking sheet sprayed with non stick spray and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Flip halfway through, and bake until nice and brown and firm. 
  • While the tofu is baking, make the grits. In a medium sized sauce pan, whisk together the water, non dairy milk, nutritional yeast and salt. Heat on medium high.
  • Bring to a boil, then slowly whisk the grits in while you pour them. Make sure to whisk as you pour so they don't clump. 
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer until they are nice and thick. 10-20 minutes. (You can check your package for instructions regarding timing)
  • When the grits have absorbed all the liquid and are cooked through, stir in the vegan butter. Then taste and adjust seasonings. I usually add a bit more salt. 
  • Once the tofu and grits are done. serve immediately. I like to serve with some greens and hot sauce!


If you don't love super spicy food, reduce the cayenne or skip it all together.