I love how versatile tofu is and how well it absorbs flavour so I decided to make some vegan tofu “spam”. I sliced the tofu into cubes and some into slabs before marinating it overnight in a smokey hickory sauce. The tofu gets the pinkish red colour from beet powder, which is optional but adds that nice touch to the tofu and makes it look more like spam visually.
Press the tofu for 10 to 15 minutes to remove excess water. I like to wrap mine in a towel and place a weighted surface or a few plates on top of the tofu.
Slice the tofu into cubes.
You can also slice some into 3/4-inch thick slabs.
Prepare the marinade by mixing all the ingredients together in a plate or container. Mix it well until the sugar has dissolved. This marinade in the photo doesn’t have the beet powder. Using beet powder will make it appear pinker/reddish in colour as seen in the photo below.
Add in the tofu cubes/slab and coat in the marinade.
Leave the tofu to marinate overnight for the best flavours. You can opt to marinate it longer for 2-3 days. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
When ready to cook, don’t discard the excess marinade!
Cooking the Tofu “Spam”
Heat a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium high heat. Add in some oil to the pan.
Add in the tofu pieces. Cook over high heat until lightly brown on each side, around 10 minutes total.
Scoop the excess marinade to cook the tofu in. The sauce will be absorbed by the tofu as it cooks.
Repeat this for the rest of the tofu (or the slabs of tofu, if you sliced them into slabs too).
Turn off the heat.
Enjoy your tofu “spam” in fried rice, as is, in wraps, and more.
Beet powder: the beet powder is what gives the tofu that spam-like colour. It’s completely optional and won’t affect the taste. I just love how it looked more like spam, visually!You can also substitute the beet powder with Pitaya (pink dragonfruit) powder that has a more pinkish hue.