BBQ Tofu Bowls
These vegan BBQ tofu bowls are made with just 6 simple everyday ingredients.
All you need to make these yummy bowls is tofu, BBQ sauce, brown rice, broccoli, pineapple and red onion. This recipe is healthy, easy to make, works well for food prep and is packed with flavour and nutrition!
- simple 6 ingredient recipe for an easy meal
- easily customizable with optional add-ins
- dietary needs: vegan, oil-free, nut-free, can be gluten-free
- nutrition features: high-protein, high-fiber
- great for meal prep!
Ingredient & Substitution Notes
- Tofu: Firm or extra-firm tofu works best here or can be swapped for marinated tempeh or or BBQ chickpeas.
- BBQ Sauce: Any kind works! I used a store-bought BBQ sauce (if you’re vegan, watch for added milk or anchovy in the ingredients) but you could also use this homemade BBQ sauce recipe.
- Rice: Use any kind you like, such as brown rice or basmati, or swap for another grain like farro or quinoa. For a low-carb option, you can use cauliflower rice.
- Red Onion: I recommend sticking to red onion as is naturally sweet and roasts really nicely.
- Pineapple: Canned or fresh pineapple works.
Complete list of ingredients with amounts is located in the recipe card below.
Before You Start: Consider pressing the tofu for a better baked result. It’s easy to do! Fold the block in a dish towel and place a heavy object on it and let it sit for 30 minutes to squeeze out excess water. For more info on pressing tofu, check out this guide on how to press tofu.
Step 1. If you don’t have rice prepared, start cooking that now. I like basmati or jasmine rice in this recipe but you can use brown rice, wild rice or any other grain you enjoy.
Step 2. Cut the tofu into cubes or triangles and toss with half of the BBQ sauce in a bowl or bag
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the tofu to the pan. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 F.
Step 3. While the tofu is baking, roughly slice the red onion. After the tofu has been in the oven for 20 minutes, pull from the oven and push the pieces to one side of the pan.
Drizzle the remaining BBQ sauce over the tofu and mix to coat. Add the red onion to the other side of the pan. Place the tofu and red onion back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
Step 4. While the tofu red onion are roasting, steam the broccoli. Bring a pot of water with a steamer basket to a boil, then add the broccoli and steam for 4-5 minutes until cooked al dente.
If you’d to make an additional sauce for the bowls, like the tahini ranch dressing from this BBQ chickpea salad, make that now as well.
Once everything is done, add it all to a bowl, drizzle with a little additional BBQ sauce and dig in!
This is a very simple recipe but can easily be amped up with a few extra ingredients. My top pics are corn and avocado!
- diced cucumber
- diced bell peppers or roasted red peppers
- roasted sweet potato or oil-free baked fries
- black beans, kindney beans or chickpeas
- tofu ranch or tahini ranch dressing
Notes & Tips
- Assembled bowls can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Enjoy cold or warm in the microwave until heated to your preference.
- If you can’t do soy or don’t like tofu, swap it for these bbq chickpeas.
- If you don’t have pineapple on hand or prefer a different ingredient, corn makes a great substitute!
- This sweet and spicy tofu would also go well with this recipe.
- You could also make this recipe with BBQ tempeh.
Vegan BBQ Tofu Bowls
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Roasting
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
Easy and delicious, 6-ingredient vegan bowls featuring bbq tofu, steamed broccoli, roasted red onion, brown rice and pineapple for a fresh and flavourful meal you’ll love.
- 1 350 g block of extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes or triangles
- 2/3 cup BBQ sauce
- 2 cups pineapple tidbits or chunks (or approx. 1/2 cup per bowl)
- 4 cups chopped broccoli (or approx. 1 cup per bowl)
- 2 red onions, sliced into large chunks (or approx. 1/2 an onion per bowl)
- 2 cups cooked rice (or approx. 1/2 cup per bowl)
- Optional: Press the tofu before use. To press it, either use a tofu press or fold the block up in a dish cloth, put it on a plate and place a heavy object on it for 20-30 minutes.
- If you don’t have rice prepared, start cooking that now according to package instructions. You can use brown rice, basmati rice or any other rice or grain you enjoy.
- If you have the time, cube the tofu or cut it into triangles, mix with half of the BBQ sauce in a bowl or bag and marinate for 1-2 hours. This step is optional but will help the tofu absorb more flavour. If you didn’t plan ahead for this step, no problem, the tofu will still be good without the extra marinating time! Mix the tofu with the bbq sauce in a bowl and proceed.
- Preheat the oven to 425 F.
- For easy clean up, line a baking tray with parchment paper. Spread the tofu in a single layer on the tray and bake for 20 minutes.
- While the tofu is baking, peel and slice the red onion into chunks, chop the broccoli into small florets and prepare the pineapple for later.
- After 20 minutes, pull the tofu from the oven and push the pieces to the side of the tray. Add the rest of the bbq sauce to the tofu on the pan and mix to combine. Spread the chopped red onion on the other half of the pan and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, if desired. Place the tray back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
- While the onion and tofu are roasting, steam the broccoli. Bring a pot of water with a steamer basket to a boil and add the broccoli. Cover and steam for 3-5 minutes or until cooked al dente. Prepare the pineapple as well. If you’re using canned pineapple, drain and chop if needed. If you’re using fresh pineapple, chop into bite-sized pieces.
- Once everything is ready, divide the ingredients between 4 serving bowls or food storage containers, top with a little extra BBQ sauce and enjoy.
Additional Ingredient Options: Avocado, corn, cilantro, steamed or sautéed greens, roasted sweet potato, black beans, tahini ranch dressing.
Storing: Assembled bowls can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Enjoy cold or reheat in the microwave as needed.
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 355
- Sugar: 15 g
- Sodium: 175 mg
- Fat: 9 g
- Carbohydrates: 50 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 21 g
Keywords: bbq tofu bowl, vegan bbq tofu
Originally published October 19, 2018.
Does anyone have a bbq sauce recipe they love? I prefer making over buying. Thanks!
This sauce was originally posted with these bowls but I haven’t made it or tested it in many years but you can try it if you like! If not, I’m sure there are some great options online.
3/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
optional, for spicy BBQ sauce: 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or cayenne powder
Heat over medium-low heat until reduces/thickens.
That was very nice ! Good change with the pineapple. But I still struggle to make a tasty tofu ….
Quick question, do you roast the pineapple as well, doesn’t mention putting the pineapple in with the red onion but looks like it’s roasted on the tray in the photo! many thanks
Sometimes I mix it in just to warm it up but that’s optional! You can if you like when you add the red onion. Thanks!
This dish is taste amazing and so easy to make. We roasted the broccoli and my husband loves it is now one of our main dishes for dinner. thank you!
That’s awesome, Cindy! Thanks so much for the review.
Simple, easy and delicious!
Forgot to rate it.
We love, love, love these barbecue tofu bowls! Making them again today. Thanks for a great recipe.
We made this last night and it was absolutely a winner! Hubby wasn’t sure about the pineapple but it pushed the taste of this dish over the top! Thank you! Will be adding this to our rotation.
Nice! The pineapple is an interesting addition for sure but it really works here! So glad you enjoyed the bowls. Thanks!
This was my first adventure into the world of tofu and I loved it! The directions were easy to follow and the recipe was simple and delicious!
This is a super flavour combo and the dish is so easy to make, too! I added cilantro and some steamed green beans to the mix. Will definitely make again!
That’s great, Jane! Green beans are a perfect addition. So glad you enjoyed!
Pretty good. I wish the veggies + rice were a bit more flavourful though. Easy and healthy recipe though!
Glad you enjoyed it, Paige! It’s a very simple recipe but you could always dress it up with additional spices and flavourings. Thanks for the review!
Am I correct to assume that the onion and tofu should be on separate baking trays?
You can use separate trays or one large tray and just keep separate. You don’t need much room for the onion. Thanks!
Going to make this tonight. Usually when I use tofu I press the moisture out of it. I do not see that step here. Is that because the roasting will remove the water?
It’s just a simple recipe so pressing wasn’t included as it’s not totally necessary. You can press the tofu if you like though, up to you!
This was absolutely delicious and super easy to make. I added a bit of avocado and swapped the pineapple for corn and it was perfect.
This was my first time having tofu and it was lovely with the BBQ sauce. Next time I’m going to marinate it overnight for a fuller flavour. I’m really looking forward to making this again. Thank you so much! 🙂
So glad you enjoyed them! Sounds great with corn!