Thursday, May 2, 2013

Island Teriyaki Crockpot Tofu

Imagine me introducing this post while doing a Hula dance, wearing a Lei, and playing Hawaiian music in the background. Just want to set the tone. OK - GOOD. Now: get these ingredients together, throw 'em all in the crockpot, and do what you do for a few hours until dinner is served. Easy, just the way I like it.

Serves 6
  • 1 package extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 1/4 cup cubed fresh pineapple OR 1/4 cup honey (depends how you prefer to sweeten your tofu)
  • 1/4 cup gluten free low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 4 cups chopped zucchini (about 5 large zucchinis)
  1. Place all ingredients except tofu, sesame seeds, and zucchini in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth, no chunks.
  3. Place the sauce plus tofu in a crockpot.
  4. Allow to sit and cook for about 3 hours.
  5. For the final 15 minutes, add in sesame seeds and zucchini. 
  6. Serving suggestions: serve on top of pad thai noodles, quinoa, rice, or stuffed into a large sweet potato. Use any extra sauce to marinate the rice, other veggies, etc.
Here's to more setting the mood...

Maui. TAKE ME BACK! Aloha. Mahalo.


  1. Love it. Especially with the beautiful weather. I feel like I am in the islands.

  2. What temp and how long are you supposed to cook in the crockpot?

  3. I tried this recipe. I think it is incomplete. You said: Place the sauce plus tofu, sesame seeds, and zucchini in a crockpot. Then you said Use any extra sauce to marinate the rice, other veggies, etc

    What extra? How much were we supposed to put in? How do we know if there IS extra?

    I ended up using about half the sauce in the crockpot and cooked it on HIGH for 3 hrs. It turned out yucky. Edible, but not delicious. Too much sauce? Wrong temp? Bad recipe?

    1. I'm so sorry it did not work out :( When I cooked mine, I ended up with too much sauce in the crockpot, so that is what I used to marinate the rice. I considered it "extra" because I did not want my tofu swimming in sauce on the plate.

      Maybe try honey instead of pineapple next time. Many have enjoyed it more that way.


  4. I cooked on high for 3 hours, used turmeric sauce instead of 'coconut aminos' and added a fresh red pepper. It was delicious on top of brown rice. After dishing it up I put a few extra dashes on top of turmeric :-)

  5. yuck i made it and feed the rest to the dogs

  6. How do you think this recipe would work if I put it in the crockpot on low for 8 hours instead of high for 3? Would the tofu just fall apart?? I want to put it in before I go to work and have it be done when I get home...

    1. I think if you leave it on low, it will be fine! Make sure to start with extra firm tofu. Let me know! xoxo

  7. This is so delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  8. just a quick note for newbies- honey is not vegan! maybe stick to the pineapple!

    1. I use honee made from apples. So good!

    2. Susan, thank you for that link! I wonder if agave would work, too.

  9. going to attempt to make my first crockpot recipe! cant wait to see the results! thank for the recipe !

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