Jerk Tofu & Aubergine Grilled Skewers

These Tofu and Aubergine Skewers really take on the flavours of classic Jerk seasoning. Perfect to serve for an indoor dinner party by simply placing them in the oven or they’d be perfect served over the BBQ at a Summer gathering.

Jerk Tofu & Aubergine Grilled Skewers

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I think I’ve noticed a trend in me.


I’m very fond of Jerk seasoning and I have been ever since making my first Jerk recipe for Jerk Sweet Potatoes which I have made time and time again and I’m sure this isn’t just me, but if you love something, you exhaust it until you’ve had enough. So I did this, and then realised I could use this beloved spice blend, that I love so much, in a variety of other ways.

I also think I’ve noticed that I love spicy seasoning blends and homemade is always better than store-bought. For years, I had always bought supermarket spice blends such as jerk seasoning, curry powders and Mexican spices such as Fajita seasoning. But when you make your own, you realise the flavour, freshness and authenticity is much improved and you won’t want to go back to the supermarket for pre-packaged blends.


This recipe is delicious, flavoursome and relatively easy but requires a little beforehand preparation in the form of marinating your Tofu (for a minimum of 30 minutes and overnight is best) and Aubergine pieces (30 minutes is ideal), which allows you time to make the Cauliflower rice whilst you wait. Once you have allowed your Tofu and Aubergine pieces to marinate for the maximum time possible in your busy day, then you have a couple of cooking options to suit your needs.

I cooked these Aubergine and Tofu Skewers by placing them in the oven as this is very convenient and allows you time to do other things whilst they are cooking in the oven. You can also cook these on the stovetop in a griddle pan which will give you a charred effect and will also reduce the cooking time using this method. I also think they would be perfect cooked on the BBQ and served to a group of friends at a gathering.

 

Jerk Tofu & Aubergine Grilled Skewers

If you’re new to the Jerk world then give a few of my other recipes a try as they’re all relatively easy and extremely tasty.

Jerk Sweet Potatoes with Cumin Cauli Rice

Jerk Spiced Grilled Aubergine and Jerk Cauliflower Rice

Baked Jerk Jack Fruit Wrap Vegetable Jerk Curry


I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you give it a go, leave a comment and let me know or post a picture on  instagram or  facebook and use #untaintedtastes and tag me @untaintedtastes as I’d love to see them 🙂 xo


Jerk Tofu & Aubergine Grilled Skewers
 
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-Free
Cuisine: Main, Jerk
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • ½ large aubergine, diced or 1 small aubergine, diced
  • 1 (400g) block organic firm-tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 tsp jerk seasoning (see note)
  • 1 tbsp sticky sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cauliflower, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 mango, diced
Instructions
  1. Firstly, combine the jerk seasoning with the sweetener (add a little splash of water if necessary) to create a marinade for the Tofu and Aubergine pieces. If you’re able to marinate overnight, then add half the marinade to a bowl and add the Tofu pieces and coat in the mixture and place in the fridge for as long as possible.
  2. Then add the remaining marinade and the Aubergine pieces and coat in the marinade and set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the cauliflower rice by pulsing the cauliflower and couple of times into 'rice', heat a tbsp of oil and add the cumin seeds for a minute or until the seeds crackle, then add the 'rice' for a few minutes to heat through and then add the mango and cook through for a few minutes. Place under a low grill whilst you cook the skewers or alternatively remove from the heat and re-heat when you’re ready to serve.
  4. Once your Aubergine and Tofu pieces have been left to marinate, prepare them on skewer sticks alternating the pieces until all the ingredients have been used up.
  5. Then heat a griddle pan over a low-medium heat with a tbsp. of olive oil and add the skewers to the pan and cook on each side for a few minutes or alternatively you can place these on a lined baking tray and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until golden and firm (rotating every 10 minutes).
  6. Serve the skewers alongside the cooked cauliflower rice and some Jerk BBQ or hot sauce if you like.
Notes
Create a batch of jerk seasoning by combining:
1/2  tsp ground cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp allspice, ½ tsp black pepper, 1tsp garlic powder, 1tsp Cayenne pepper, 1 tsp thyme, 1tsp parsley, ½ tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp paprika, ½ tsp red pepper flakes

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