This amazing Sesame Tofu recipe is easy to eat and delicious! Forget take-out, because this fried tofu with sesame sauce is the best ever! I tested this recipe several times to deliver to you an amazing crispy tofu with the perfectly sweet sauce!
How to Make Vegan Sesame Tofu
It’s easy to make this healthy and budget-friendly Vegan Sesame Tofu!
Step One: Press the Tofu
Begin with removing tofu from its package and press it to drain out extra moisture. Either use a tofu press or wrap in a kitchen towel and place something heavy like a can of beans over the top for 30 minutes or more. Once pressed, cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.
Step Two: Prepare the Sesame Sauce
Add the sesame oil to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and simmer until fragrant, about 2 – 3 minutes.
Combine the remaining sauce ingredients in a bowl. Stir to dissolve the cornstarch. Pour and stir the sauce into the saucepan with the garlic. Stir frequently because the sauce will thicken quickly. Reduce heat to low and keep warm while you prepare the tofu.
Are you surprised to see ketchup in my list of sauce ingredients? I know, it sounds strange, but it gives this sauce a little bit of tangy flavor AND the gorgeous red color without the spicy kick from a red chili garlic sauce. That said, if you like a little kick (like ME!), feel free to substitute the ketchup for a teaspoon or two of chili garlic sauce.
Step Three: For the Fried Tofu
Once the tofu is pressed, cut it into 1/2-inch cubes. Then pat dry with a paper towel.
Dredge tofu through the cornstarch. Be sure to make sure each piece is coated.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil then the tofu pieces (use tongs to prevent oil from splattering). Cook tofu until golden brown and then turn and cook on the other sides.
Step Four: To Serve
To serve, arrange tofu on a platter and drizzle with sauce. If you’re like me, drizzle with lots and lots of sauce! Then, serve sesame tofu with rice, cauliflower rice, low carb noodles, steamed broccoli and your favorite vegetables. Of course, sprinkle with sesame seeds, chopped green onions, and sriracha (if that’s your thing).
Save Money By Cooking at Home
Look, you can eat out and these days it’s very easy to find vegan options. That’s great! However,cooking at home is a great option, especially if you want to save money!
My sister recently went to a conference by financial guru Dave Ramsey and one of her favorite take-aways was the idea of saving money by eating out less. So, I’m sure Mr. Ramsey pointed to the obvious, eating out costs a lot of money. The same money could go toward a week’s worth of meals at home with multiple leftovers to boot (Note, I don’t actually recommend eating the boot).
It’s like most things in life: eating out is better done in moderation.
We do enjoy eating out occasionally, but mostly, we “eat out” at home. I say “eat out at home” because we think the food we have at home is actually better than what we find in most restaurants. My latest “eating out at home” venture? Asian food. We love Chinese food. And honestly, I’ve been impressed with restaurants that accommodate us by substituting tofu in most sauces.
And that leads me to another thing I love about eating out at home. I’m picky. I want to feel good and I’m learning, more often than not, what I eat has a big impact on that. And sometimes after eating Chinese takeout, I just don’t feel that great. It could be the oil, MSG, salt, or sugar or all of them combined. Who knows!
I will use these same offending ingredients when cooking at home, but I can control how much of it I use. And I took this theory to task by making my own Vegan Sesame Tofu. Mama Mia, was it delicious!
I thought it was better than what we get at restaurants and the entire meal provided more than four servings and cost about the same as what we would pay for one entree at a restaurant. The tofu was around $2.50 and the broccoli cost about $2.25. The rest of the ingredients were things we had in our cupboards, like brown rice, cornstarch, garlic and sugar.
If saving money is on your list of resolutions for 2011, think vegan. Not only is it healthy and delicious, I bet even Dave Ramsey would agree it can also be a financially rewarding way to eat!
Love Vegan Asian Recipes?
So, if you love vegan Asian recipes as much as we do, be sure to try these:
- This Marinated Tofu is worth making on repeat — it’s that good!
- Serve these Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps with cauliflower rice!
- Make yourself some Cauliflower Rice Sushi and enjoy how tasty it is!
- This Air Fried Tofu is a healthy alternative to deep frying!
- Have this Miso Tofu on-hand and serve over rice, noodles, or even a salad!
Vegan Sesame Tofu
- 15 ounce package extra firm tofu
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
For the Sesame Sauce
- Add the sesame oil to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and simmer until fragrant, about 2 – 3 minutes.
- Combine the remaining sauce ingredients in a bowl and stir until the cornstarch is dissolved. Pour and stir the sauce into the saucepan with the garlic. Stir frequently because the sauce will thicken quickly. Reduce heat to low and keep warm while you prepare te tofu.
For the Fried Tofu
- Remove tofu from its package and press it to drain out extra moisture. Either use a tofu press or wrap in a kitchen towel and place something heavy like a can of beans over the top for 30 minutes or more. Once pressed, cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Dredge tofu through the cornstarch, making sure each piece is coated.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil then the tofu pieces (use tongs to prevent oil from splattering). Cook tofu until golden brown and then turn and cook on the other sides.
- To serve, arrange tofu on a platter and drizzle with sauce. Serve with rice, cauliflower rice, low carb noodles, steamed broccoli and your favorite vegetables. Sprinkle with sesame seeds