Jamaican Jerk Tofu with Blackberry Jalapeño Chutney and a Giveaway

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on May 20, 2014

jamaican jerk tofu and blackberry jalapeno chutney
Your whole house will smell heavenly when you make this Jamaican Jerk tofu. And the flavor of the Jerk spices will transport you to an exotic land. Allspice, cinnamon, thyme, onion and garlic all come together to make a tasty, yet easy marinade for the tofu.

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jamaican jerk spice marinade
pan frying jerk tofu
This simple blackberry jalapeño chutney goes really well with the jerk spiced tofu. You can also use it as a condiment or as a sandwich spread.
blackberry jalapeno chutney
blackberry jalapeno chutney
Tips
- The onion flakes in the marinade tend to burn. So keep an eye on it. If it starts to burn, sprinkle a little water into the pan. Or use a spoon and remove the bits of the marinade that are browned (but not yet burned). Add the browned onion bits back to the tofu before serving.
-Pressed tofu makes it easier for the marinade to soak in. Pressing tofu is pretty straight forward – you wrap a block of tofu in a kitchen towel and put a weight on it, so that all the water is released. See this post on how to press tofu. If you don’t have time to press tofu, buy extra firm tofu, and gently pat the tofu with a kitchen towel to absorb the liquid. Then proceed with this recipe.
- Substitute allspice with ground cloves.
- The blackberry chutney is very customizable. Adjust the jalapeño, sugar and lime according to your taste.
- Most the heat in jalapeños lies in the seeds and white membrane. If you like it hot, keep the seeds. If you want it mild, remove the seeds and membrane.
jamaican jerk tofu and blackberry jalapeno chutney

Jamaican Jerk Tofu with Blackberry Jalapeño Chutney Recipe

 Serves 2-3

Ingredients
One 15 oz block of firm tofu (drained weight), pressed.
For the Marinade
1 tablespoon onion flakes or onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice. Substitute with 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice, optional
3 tablespoons olive oil

For the chutney
6 oz blackberries
1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño*
2 cloves of garlic, optional
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon all spice
Juice of one lime
zest of 1/2 lime
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar

*This will make a medium-hot chutney. Use more or less jalapeños according to taste.

Method

1. Slice the block of tofu diagonally in half, so you have 2 triangles. Cut each tofu triangle lengthwise into 4 triangles, so that you have 8 tofu triangles in total.
2. Place all marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk well.
3. Place the tofu in single layer on a plate, container or baking sheet. Pour the marinade on top and spread it evenly to coat the tofu. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days, or cook the tofu immediately.
4. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange the tofu slices on the skillet, without over lapping. Scrape the marinade and drizzle all over the tofu. Cook till both sides of the tofu are golden brown, flipping over once.
5. To make the chutney, place all ingredients, except sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer the chutney for about 8 minutes, or till it thickens. Stir in the sugar, mix well, and turn off heat. Chutney will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

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1 Aarthy May 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Crumble berry pie is my favorite..!

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2 Shobana Arunachalam May 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Haven’t had Jamaican food before….looks yum!

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3 Bhuvana May 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm

looks yummy..

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4 Tina May 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Love fruit crisps! So simple and healthy. :) Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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5 Zeel Ambekar May 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Fav. Way to use berries is in bread pudding

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6 Anon May 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I like making pasties with berries

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7 Annabella May 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I love berries in overnight oats.

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8 sarah May 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm

strawberry smoooooothie!

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9 Priya May 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm

The chutney and the seasoning sound great…My favourite recipe with berries would be preserves, muffins and smoothies!

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10 Dana May 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

berry pancakes. or berries blended with yogurt

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11 Lydia Claire May 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I like putting berries in my smoothies. =)

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12 Carolsue May 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I like making strawberry/blueberry trifle or strawberry smoothies

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13 Tejaswini May 20, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Interesting Chutney.. A must try recipe

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14 Marisa May 20, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Lovey berry pancakes! So yummy!

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15 pavithra May 20, 2014 at 8:58 pm

my favorite way to use blackberries is in my morning oatmeal and smoothies.

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16 Margaret May 21, 2014 at 7:13 am

This is a great blackberry recipe and is just in time for FL berry season. Serve this with blackberry shrub: bring berries to a boil with a pinch each of cinnamon, mace, and allspice. Add a dash of vinegar, then sweeten to taste. Use a couple of spoonfuls in ice water and garnish with lemon verbena.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

That sounds SO good!!

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17 Gyrofrog May 21, 2014 at 7:42 am

Looks good, thanks!

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18 Linsy May 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

love to use berries to make kabobs with brownies, perfect for kids and adults too.

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19 Nivedita May 21, 2014 at 9:29 am

My family does not like tofu :( . Maybe try it with paneer :)

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Yes, it will be great with paneer! Or even potatoes.

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20 Zest and Leisure May 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

My favorite berry recipe is White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake!

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21 Aditi Gupta May 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

So

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22 Catherine G. May 21, 2014 at 10:04 am

Favorite berry recipe would have to be a Swedish version of blueberry cheesecake, made with crème fraîche!

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23 veena May 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

My fav berry recipe is berry smoothie with almond milk.

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24 Zest and Leisure May 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

@ Margaret: Wow! That’s so good! I have to try it pretty soon! :D

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25 ducksandbooks May 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

Mulberry jam!

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26 Chaitra May 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

Awesome giveaway and interesting recipe.

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27 MK May 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

Thanks for the giveaway !!

I would love this with Paneer. Yumm :)

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28 Ranjitha May 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Berry pies – my favourite! Smoothies too. Well blended with the yogurt/milk :-)

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29 suzi May 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

strawberry shortcake! :)

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30 Anu May 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm

I love putting berries in my green smoothies !!

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31 Freyja May 22, 2014 at 4:38 am

Can’t wait to try this, it looks amazing!!

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32 Jyothsna May 22, 2014 at 7:25 am

That looks delicious! I use berries in friands, they make such tasty little treats!

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33 Lisa Brown May 22, 2014 at 7:37 am

i love making cobblers with berries

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34 Erica Best May 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

i love shortcake

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35 ami@naivecookcooks May 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm

That’s a lovely flavoured tofu! I love tofu..will try it soon!

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36 Julia May 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

Strawberry rhubarb crisp!

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37 Sandra May 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

Berry jam (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry) is awesome.

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38 Amanda Sakovitz May 26, 2014 at 8:50 am

I love blueberry cobbler!

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39 Devi May 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Looks yummy!

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40 Thomas Murphy May 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I love blueberry pancakes.

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41 Leidy May 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm

I like to make smoothies

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42 Veena June 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

I have a block of tofu hanging out in the fridge. Will definitely put it to good use now :)

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43 vanamala June 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

sounds interesting recipe..

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