sesame tofu

Crispy Sesame Tofu

Sesame tofu over rice with broccoli.

Who needs Chinese take out when you can whip up some delicious sesame tofu at home, quickly and affordably! I love making crispy tofu and learned a long time ago that starch is the secret. Just press the tofu, coat, fry, and slather in this perfectly sticky, savory and sweet, vegan sesame sauce! I like to serve our sesame tofu with a side of rice and broccoli, but serve it however you like! This meal is a go- to when I am in a hurry and havnt’t had time to plan dinner. If you prefer not to fry the tofu in oil, you can use an air fryer! I just coat the tofu, give it a light spray with some oil (or not), and air fry at 375 for 10-15 minutes! It always comes out perfectly crisp! Just another quick and simple dinner recipe to add to your arsenal! Who doesn’t love that!?


  • I batch crispy fired tofu

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or coconut amnios

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon tapioca or corn starch

  • 1 -2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Prepare crispy tofu according to instructions.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients, minus the sesame seeds, to a medium sized sauce pan. Heat over medium/low heat, whisking continuously, until the sugar has melted and the mixture thickens. If it gets too thick, add a tablespoon or so of water to thin it back out a bit.

  3. Coat the crispy tofu in the sesame sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve over rice and with a side of steamed broccoli if you like.

serves 4

If you like this recipe, try these:

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Crispy Coconut Tofu with Tropical Rice

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Sesame Tofu Tacos with Asian Slaw

Sesame Tofu Tacos

We eat a lot of tacos in our house. Tacos are easy, inexpensive, and typically make everyone happy. If I am in a pinch for time, or have no clue what else to make for dinner, I will normally throw together some tacos with whatever ingredients we have on hand. Most recently I was in the mood for something light, crunchy, and asian inspired. So I decide to marinate some tofu, make a light crunchy slaw, a creamy ginger dressing , and fry up some leftover wonton wrappers I had on hand. Everyone in the house loved these tacos, and I have a feeling will be my go to taco this summer. I always have tofu and slaw mix in my fridge, and my pantry always has the ingredients for this quick marinade! I have most recently started buying a tube of minced ginger to keep in the fridge for quick flavor and less hassle. It seems we just keep getting busier in this house, so I am currently all about anything that can save me some time and effort. So if you are in the mood to switch up your taco game, try these sesame tofu tacos with asian slaw. Taco Tuesday ( or any other day of the week) just got a little more exciting!


  • 1 block extra firm tofu

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, or coconut aminos

  • juice from 1 lime

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 pack flour tortillas

  • a handful of cilantro

  • 10 vegan wonton wrappers

  • oil for frying

Asian Slaw:

  • 3 cups slaw mix, or shredded cabbage

  • juice from 1 lime

  • 1 -2 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Ginger Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo

  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons agave or sugar

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce


  1. Remove tofu from package and wrap in a clean kitchen towel, or a few paper towels. Place a few books on top and let the tofu sit for 10-15 minutes to press out the excess liquid.

  2. Cut tofu in 1/4 inch thin long strips. Whisk together the soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, garlic, and brown sugar in a shallow dish. Let tofu strips marinate in the mixture for about 15 minutes.

  3. While the tofu is marinating mix together the ingredients for the slaw and set aside.

  4. Mix the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.

  5. Stack the wonton wrappers on top of each other and cut them into 1/4 inch strips. Separate the strips.

  6. Heat a medium skillet or small sauce pan with an inch or two of oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the wonton strips in batches, careful not to over crowd the pan. Fry the strips for just a few minutes or until golden brown. Place cooked strips on a paper towel lined plate.

  7. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the tofu, along with the marinade to the pan. Let the tofu cook on each side for a few minutes before flipping. Cook the tofu until all of the liquid has been absorbed and the tofu is browning and crisping around the edges.

  8. To build the tacos, add some tofu to a tortilla, top with slaw, a drizzle of dressing, some crispy wontons, and some fresh cilantro.

If you like this recipe, try these:

Vegan Alabama White Sauce Tempeh Tacos

Vegan Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Grilled Watermelon and Tofu Tacos

Sesame Tofu Tacos

sesame tofu tacos with asian slaw, crispy wontons and creamy vegan ginger dressing