This week I played around with tofu and came up with this Sweet Sesame Tofu recipe! Most of the sesame tofu recipes I come across apply the marinade after the tofu is cooked, and so I wanted to see how things would turn out if I cooked the recipe with the marinade already soaked in. The results were everything! You can add this tofu to rice, salads, or sandwiches, or you can enjoy it on its own as an appetizer.
I know that tofu can seem foreign for those of you new to the tofu world, but I’m here to settle all of your burning questions. Tofu is made from curdled soy milk that the water has been removed from. It tends to be fairly bland so it is great to marinate and flexible for whatever flavors you want to add. Tofu tends to have a meat like taste that many people like. It is a great source of protein from that soy and provides a healthy dose of calcium and manganese. Have some fun and play around with different flavors for your tofu!
This recipe begins by cutting the tofu into small rectangular pieces and placing them into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, sesame seed oil, white rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Pour this mixture onto your tofu and let it marinate for 1-2 hours or even overnight. Then using a non-stick pan, cook the tofu on high heat for 4-5 minutes until each side is a deep brown color. Finally, sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!
Pair this tofu with a side of greens or some brown rice! The sesame flavor goes great on a salad with some carrots and cucumbers. Do you guys usually eat tofu? Let us know how you like our version in the comments below! xo
- 1 block of firm tofu pressed
- 1/8 cup of maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil
- 1 teaspoon of white rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
Cut the tofu into small rectangular pieces, about 1/2″ thick. Place into a bowl.
Mix all the ingredients for the marinade together in a separate bowl, and pour onto the tofu.
Allow to soak for 1-2 hours, or overnight.
Using a non-stick pan (or a non-stick spray), cook the tofu on high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side, until a deep brown color is reached.
Option: Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!
You can add this tofu to rice, salads, or sandwiches, or you can enjoy it on its own as an appetizer.