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One-pot Marry Me Tofu

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

Tofu in flavorful coconut cream sauce with sundried tomatoes served in a gold rimmed pan.

“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!

11 ingredients to make marry me tofu on a wooden platter.

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. Sundried tomatoes
    This 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.
Prepping sundried tomatoes

I based this One-pot Marry Me Tofu recipe on this Marry me chicken recipe, with a bunch of substitutions.

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.

Spiced tofu with sundried tomatoes and creamy coconut sauce

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!

Easy vegan marry me tofu

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!

This Marry Me Tofu Dinner is a Vegan version of marry me chicken - served in a  a plate with quinoa.

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Tofu in flavorful coconut cream sauce with sundried tomatoes served in a gold rimmed pan.

One-pot Marry Me Tofu

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, sundried tomato sauce. Easy, tasty, and quick, this dish is a vegan version of the ever-so-popular Marry Me Chicken.

Ingredients

  • 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 sundried tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste
  • 2 TBSP of fresh parsley to garnish

Instructions

  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 sundried 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 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 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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Chell

Friday 20th of January 2023

Is garlic super important to this? I'd like to leave it out.

Shashi

Friday 20th of January 2023

Hi Chell, to me, it is important. But, if you absolutely abhor garlic, then do leave it out. Hope you enjoy this as much as my daughter and I did!

Easy Lemon Za’atar Quinoa Recipe - Savory Spin

Friday 13th of January 2023

[…] weekend, I packed up some of the Marry Me Tofu I made as well as some of this Lemon Za’atar Quinoa in a container, and took it with me when […]

David @ Spiced

Monday 9th of January 2023

I'd marry you for a bowl of this, Shashi! Haha. :-) Seriously, though, it does look delicious. I'm not even a tofu fan, but this sounds like a mouth-watering recipe. Maybe next time you're in the area, a bowl of this will fall out of the back of your car!! Happy New Year, my friend!

Stephanie

Friday 6th of January 2023

Marry me chicken is one of my favorite meals, but I am trying to cut down on my meat consumption this year, so this is the perfect substitution! Thanks so much!

Katherine

Friday 6th of January 2023

I love all the bold flavors in this tofu dish!

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