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Sesame Tofu Recipe

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Tofu with Ginger Sesame Marinade is made with tofu, cornstarch, sesame oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, sriracha, rice wine vinegar, scallions, and sesame seeds. 




  • 14 oz extra firm tofu
  • 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch (or xanthan gum)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (or xanthan gum)


  • Scallions, chopped
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Prepare tofu. Add the tofu on a plate with a paper towel below and on top of it. Place something heavy on it to squeeze out excess water inside the tofu and leave for 30 minutes. I used a large Dutch oven on the tofu. Slice the tofu into cubes and toss it in cornstarch. You can use a bag or a bowl.
  2. Fry the tofu. Add oil in a large skillet on medium high heat and wait for it to shimmer. Place the tofu on and leave it to fry for about 4-7 minutes, undisturbed.  Flip over with tongs and fry the other side the same way.
  3. Make the glaze. Meanwhile in a bowl add the soy sauce, water, maple syrup, sriracha, ginger, garlic, vinegar, and cornstarch and whisk. Remove the pan from heat and pour in the sauce. Cover the tofu and serve on white rice or a bao bun.   


  • Use extra-firm tofu: Extra-firm tofu holds its shape better when frying and has a firmer texture that's more similar to meat.
  • Press the tofu: Pressing the tofu before cooking will help remove excess moisture, which can prevent the tofu from getting crispy. Wrap the tofu in paper towels or a clean kitchen towel, and place a heavy object on top to press down on it.
  • Cut the tofu into evenly-sized pieces: Cutting the tofu into even pieces will ensure that it cooks evenly and helps with presentation.
  • Use a non-stick pan or skillet: Using a non-stick pan or skillet will help prevent the tofu from sticking and ensure that it cooks evenly.
  • Don't overcrowd the pan: Fry the tofu in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan. This will help the tofu get crispy and golden brown.
  • Use a paper towel to blot excess oil: Blotting the tofu with a paper towel after frying will help remove any excess oil and keep it from being too greasy.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds: Toasted sesame seeds add a nutty flavor and extra crunch to the dish, making for a perfect garnish.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 240.7
  • Sugar: 2.9 g
  • Sodium: 727.3 mg
  • Fat: 15.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.1 g
  • Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 15.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg