Blackened Tofu From Vegan Soul Kitchen

Blackened Tofu from Vegan Soul Kitchen

I’m not very familiar with African American or Southern cuisine, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to review the recently released cookbook Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry. I decided to go with an ingredient (tofu) that I’m well-acquainted with but prepared in a new-to-me twist – Blackened Tofu Slabs with Succotash Salsa.

Now, I’ve tried a blackened something or other before I was vegan and I must not have thought much of it because I never tried blackened anything again. I just remember it as being very black and kinda burnt so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Blackened Tofu from Vegan Soul Kitchen

Imagine my delight, when first off, blackened doesn’t mean black or burnt at all (there’s a few darker spots but I wouldn’t call it burnt). It’s basically tofu with a crust of spices. Spicy spices.

It’s amazing – prep the tofu, dredge in the spices and place in the pan with no oil. I thought for sure, okay this is where it’s going to get all burnt and everything. But nope, it’s totally fine.

Oh, and the salsa! I’ve never had baby lima beans in salsa before. So fresh, so vibrant and so colorful – a refreshing contrast to the blackened tofu. Served on top of sauteed swiss chard, there’s layers of textures and flavors that all comes together for a healthy and anything but boring meal.

I feel just like a kid who got a brand-new toy and I can’t wait to give Vegan Soul Kitchen another whirl.

Related Links
To learn more about Bryant Terry, check out his website here. To purchase your very own copy of the Vegan Soul Kitchen, click here.

24 Comments so far

  1. Nora on March 29th, 2009

    What a beautiful presentation!

    Also, have you had the Blackened Tofu in Eat, Drink & Be Vegan? If so, how does it compare?

  2. Tami (Vegan Appetite) on March 29th, 2009

    Yeah, that presentation is gorgeous.

  3. lisa (show me vegan) on March 29th, 2009

    I was just looking at this recipe yesterday! Now it’s definitely on my to try list.

  4. Philippa O on March 29th, 2009

    this looks so good! i’ve never had southern american food before either (though it’s not surprising because there isn’t really a demand for it in australia!) but it really appeals to me. YUM!

  5. Carrie on March 30th, 2009

    That looks gorgeous!

  6. veggievixen on March 30th, 2009

    delicious! i bet the texture on the tofu is insanely good. and i love lima beans!

  7. chow on March 30th, 2009

    Nora – Thanks! I haven’t tried the blackened tofu from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan. This is the first time I’ve even heard of blackened tofu. But it would be interesting to compare the two.

    Tami (Vegan Appetite) – Thank you!

    lisa (show me vegan) – It’s funny how we’re on the same brain wave sometimes. :-)

    Philippa O – Thanks! It’s fun to try new foods and recipes!

    Carrie – Thanks!

    veggievixen – I’ve forgotten how much I do like lima beans until I tried the salsa. I liked it so much, I was eating just the salsa by itself as a snack. :-)

  8. jessy on March 30th, 2009

    i’m totally gonna have to get Vegan Soul Kitchen! wahoooooo! i’ve never had baby lima beans in salsa before either! it sounds so good! and hooray for tasty ‘n spicy blackened tofu goodness! your photo looks amazing!

  9. Virginia on March 30th, 2009

    i.want.that.book!!!!!

  10. Veggie Wedgie on March 30th, 2009

    This looks so yummy! What a great way to cook tofu!

  11. crystal on March 31st, 2009

    Very beautiful and initially I thought it was bread, but it is tofu. Cheers :)

  12. Vegan Korean on March 31st, 2009

    Wow, this is interesting! I never thought soul food could be veganized, but then I didn’t think Korean food could be veganized either, so who am I to say? I think I’m going to get this book.

  13. Jodye on April 1st, 2009

    This looks so delicious! I’ve been debating whether or not to buy the book, and you just convinced me… vegan soul kitchen, here I come

  14. Dana on April 2nd, 2009

    That looks beautiful and delicious. I love new preparations for tofu.

  15. lisaiscooking on April 2nd, 2009

    This looks delicious! I need to get that book.

  16. Hannah on April 2nd, 2009

    Wow, that is one fantastic dish! It looks so nice and crispy, and I do love how you plated it.

  17. Foodeater on April 5th, 2009

    The pictures are so lovely and I’ll bet this tasted amazing.

    Despite what you said, I know that if I tried to make this, it would burn :)

  18. Erin on April 6th, 2009

    I love blackened tofu! And succotash. Would’ve have thought to put them together though, it looks great!

  19. Melisser on April 8th, 2009

    Ooh, I have this book. I’ll have to try the Blackened Tofu,

  20. Glauce on April 19th, 2009

    Loved the recipe, loved the colours ;o)
    Hope you have the chance to take a look at my vegan blog too!

  21. Lindsay on July 27th, 2009

    you make this look good

  22. Body detoxification diets on August 19th, 2009

    i became a Vegan three years ago and i can say that my health have been very very good. meat and dairy substitutes like soy also works well for the body.

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  24. Candace on December 5th, 2014

    Soulfood does not contain or include “salsa”.

    The presentation looks more like european food and looks unrecognizable to me.

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