This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which means it’s barbecue season!
My sweet, spicy, and totally delicious Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders with Kimchi Slaw are sure to be the star of all your summer festivities. Plus, I’ve teamed up with my favorite food bloggers to bring you 50+ summer cookout recipes ideas for your summer shindigs!
I’m super excited to be partnering with my blogging buddies today to bring you tons of fun summer recipes. Our Great Blogger BBQ is a roundup of over 50 original summer cookout recipes for everything from refreshing drinks to unique entrees to sweet summer desserts … yum! Everything sounds amazing, so make sure to read to the end of the post for all the recipes.
Okay, you guys, let’s get back to the sliders. I have to give myself props. These Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders with Kimchi Slaw are seriously one of the best things I’ve ever made.
I’m pretty much obsessed with Korean food, but I still need to find my fave Dallas spot. So I decided to make my own, and I’m so glad that I did! A delicious mix of sweet, spicy, and savory, the flavors in these Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders with Kimchi Slaw are out of this world delicious. You won’t be able to stop at one … no way.
Are you a tofu fan? Personally, I love it, but I know there are plenty of haters. Every time I make something with tofu, I feel like I have to address the elephant in the room. Yes, these sliders are made with tofu, and yes, they are super yummy. I swear … you can double-check with my meat eating husband if you wish. 😉
I’ve definitely eaten my fair share of bad, bland, and mushy tofu, but these Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders are none of those things.
To make these sliders extra delish, I started out with baked tofu. I love baked tofu, because it has a firm texture that’s filled with flavor. It tastes great on its own, but it’s even better spiced up with some wonderful Korean flavors.
The star of these sliders is the homemade Korean BBQ Sauce. It is simply amazing (you will be licking the spoon for sure), and although it might sound exotic, you can make this sauce with ingredients found in almost any grocery store. I plan to slather it on pretty much everything I cook this summer.
You’ll bake the tofu in the Korean BBQ Sauce, then serve it on mini buns topped with a quick Kimchi-inspired slaw, which is also simple to make. If you can’t find slider buns (I got mine at Whole Foods), just cut down high-quality hot dog/sausage buns into slider-size pieces.
Have I made you hungry yet? Serve these Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders with Kimchi Slaw as a unique appetizer at your next get together or feed your family these bite sized sandwiches for a fun dinner. Either way, you are going to fall in love with these flavor-filled treats!
And don’t forget to scroll to the end of the post for 50+ summer cookout recipes from my food blogging friends … I can’t wait to try these amazing recipes!
- nonstick cooking spray
- 16 oz. baked tofu
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. water
- 2 tsp. rice vinegar
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tsp. sriracha
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
- 3 tsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. sriracha
- 1 large garlic clove, grated
- 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and grated
- 1/2 small Napa cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 carrots, julienned
- 1 large green onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tsp. sesame seeds
- 8 slider buns
- a few lettuce leaves
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut tofu into 8 rectangles and place in pan. Set aside.
- Combine all sauce ingredients in a small pot.
- Bring sauce to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Pour sauce over tofu.
- Bake tofu for 10 minutes, then flip.
- Return tofu to oven, then bake 10 more minutes. Flip again, then cook for another 10 minutes (30 minutes total). The sauce should be thick and coat the tofu.
- Remove tofu from oven and flip it around in the sauce a few times to coat.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- While tofu is baking, mix together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sriracha, garlic, and ginger.
- Add cabbage, carrots, and green onion, and mix well.
- Set aside until tofu is ready.
- Top each bun with a few lettuce leaves, one tofu piece, and a big spoonful of kimchi slaw.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
If you'd like, you can grill the tofu instead of baking it. You will need to thicken the Korean BBQ Sauce while it's cooking. Mix together 1 tbsp. cornstarch with 1 tbsp. water. After the BBQ sauce has simmered for 5 minutes, add just enough of the cornstarch mixture (whisking constantly) to thicken it to a BBQ sauce consistency. (Keep in mind that it will thicken more as it cools, so you don't want it super thick.) When the sauce has thickened, remove it from the heat and cool slightly. Brush the BBQ sauce on the tofu and cook on a medium-hot grill, brushing on more sauce as the tofu cooks. The tofu is already cooked, so it just needs to be heated through and a little caramelized around the edges from the sauce. Serve as directed in the recipe.
One extra tip: for this recipe, I used grated garlic and ginger. Grating the garlic and ginger rather than mincing it helps it to blend into the BBQ sauce and vinaigrette for the slaw better. You could certainly use a box grater for this, but a Microplane Grater (affiliate link) will make it much easier. I love my Microplane Grater and use it for everything from zesting citrus to grating the perfect amount of Parmesan over my pasta dishes.
Are you looking for those delicious summer cookout recipes I mentioned earlier? Here you go!
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Black Stripe Cold Rum Cocktail by Honey and Birch
Fresh Watermelon Mojito by Twin Stripe
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What is your favorite summer recipe?
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