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Sesame Ginger Tofu Recipe

2013-03-15

This is a very tasty sauce that I would recommend doubling as you will want more.

Ingredients:

  • 14 ounces Tofu, firm or extra firm
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil (use the variety that is not toasted)
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds, lightly toasted
  • 6 Green Onions, chopped

While your tofu is pressing, combine the blue agave (or honey), soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a sauce and bring to a simmer.

Cube the tofu after you have drained the water. Dip the tofu in the flour lightly.

Next you can either fry your tofu or bake it. It obviously tastes better fried but baking is much healthier and it is still quite tasty baked.

To Fry:  Fry the tofu in canola oil until golden brown.

To Bake: I marinated the tofu for about 30 minutes before baking. Then I baked the tofu.

Above you can see my tofu pressing set up: cutting board propped up on a lid so the tofu can drain into the sink, something heavy on top. If you don’t have a cast iron pot, use a regular pot and fill it up with cans of heavy things. I find it easier to balance one heavy item than a bunch of middle weight items on top of each other, but maybe you like a challenge!

Toss the tofu with about 2/3 of the sauce.  Save the remaining sauce for your vegetables or as additional dipping sauce.  Top with your toasted sesame seeds and green onion.

On a side note, I had no clue how to toast the sesame seeds. Luckily, my friend Donna was over and before I had to google, she gave helped with out. It was quite easy but basically I just toasted in a pan on the stove. Yes, I know that is probably pretty basic but I do often google things like that!

 

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Echo on Mar 16, 2013

    My husband and I are both on Weight Watchers, but we are craving Chinese food. We are sick of stir-fry, so what are some other healthy Chinese food dishes we can cook at home? Skill level and equipment are not an issue – I have all sorts of kitchen gadgets.
    Thanks!

  2. posted by Only Business on Mar 16, 2013

    soy sauce and tofu makes me feel queezy :(
    Vegans don’t eat fish,…Neither do most vegetarians from what i know.

  3. posted by brincks26 on Mar 16, 2013

    I’m a vegetarian, but I’ve never eaten tofu. I bought some extra firm tofu and am looking for quick and easy recipes. I’m not much of a cook, so the easier, the better.

    -Please, if you’re not a vegetarian, don’t leave rude or judgmental comments. Also, no smart a**es. For everyone else, thanks a ton for answering my question!

  4. posted by Rassling Fundamentals on Mar 21, 2013

    I have been a vegetarian for about 6 months now, and have been eating a lot of lentils and pre-made meat substitutes (chicken nuggets, tofurkey, veggie burgers etc.).

    I am hoping to start cooking with more actual tofu, and am unsure of how to properly season it. What are the easiest ways to season tofu like beef or chicken, and would extra firm tofu be the best choice for a meat substitute?

  5. posted by Noe R on Mar 22, 2013

    Lots of people like to eat Chinese recipes. They have special taste.

  6. posted by Agent 47 on Mar 23, 2013

    I am looking to make sesame tofu. I know how to prepare the tofu.

    I just need to find out how to make the sauce.

    Thank You.

  7. posted by brincks26 on Mar 23, 2013

    I’m looking for an excelllent Catonese hot and sour soup recipe that includes water chesnuts.

  8. posted by stephen m on Mar 23, 2013

    I’ve tried the common marinade, I’ve tried baking…..etc.

    I love tofu when served in a restaurant, there’s no funny aftertaste. I can’t seem to replicate the taste at home unless I deep fry it (something I don’t like to do too often).
    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.

  9. posted by Christopher J on Mar 23, 2013

    I just recently become a vegetarian due to health issues and was wondering if there were any really good tofu recipes out there. I am a college student, so I can’t really afford that much. I will pretty much eat anything.

  10. posted by Malcolm Hudson on Mar 23, 2013

    I bought a block of tofu the other day on a whim, and I pressed it, cut it into cubes and marinated it. But I don’t know what to do with it now. How should I cook it? What should I eat it with? Any suggestions appreciated for a tofu beginner :)

  11. posted by Maggie on Mar 23, 2013

    I’m not a vegetarian, so anything goes. I bought a package of soft tofu, and have no idea what to do with it. Thanks!
    It says “Family Size, Organic Soft Style”

  12. posted by evangldbrg on Mar 24, 2013

    There used to be a restaurant in Mobile, AL, in the 80′s that served a hot and sour soup that was very thick, had chicken, shrimp, pork and vegetables (mushrooms, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, etc.) in it, but NO egg. I was told this might be a Cantonese style soup, but I am not sure about that at all. Does anyone have a recipe for this sort of hot and sour soup? Thanks in advance for any information.

  13. posted by Flash Funk on Mar 24, 2013

    I really love Chinese food and I’d love to have a couple of home recipes that are natural and good.
    Could you share your favorites with me?

  14. posted by Sonny on Mar 24, 2013

    Thanks in advance. My computers being sluggish so please leave the recipie in your answer instead of providing a link.

  15. posted by mmminja on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m a fiend for chicken laksas. I would like to learn how to make them myself.

    What is your best recipe?

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