Crispy Sesame Baked Tofu & Shiitake Mushrooms

April 10, 2017

Test Kitchen-Approved

Serves: 2 to 3


  • One 14-ounce box extra-firm tofu
  • 7 ounces shiitakes, stems trimmed of woody parts and thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil, divided
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce, divided, plus 1 additional teaspoon for drizzling at the end
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
  • Chives, for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. At least 30 minutes (and as many as two or three hours!) before you want to start cooking, press the tofu: Place a dish cloth or paper towels on a cutting board, then the tofu, then another layer of towels. On top of the tofu, place a board and some heavy objects to weight it down. Heat the oven to 400° F and line two sheets with parchment paper.
  2. When the tofu is ready, cut it into 1/2-inch cubes and place in a bowl. In another bowl, place the sliced mushrooms. To each bowl, add 2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, and a pinch of salt.
  3. To the bowl of tofu, add cornstarch, panko, and sesame seeds and stir to coat.
  4. Spread the tofu out on one baking sheet and the mushrooms out on another. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping halfway through. When the tofu and mushrooms are finished, mix them together and drizzle with fish sauce, if you'd like, and remaining 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Sprinkle with chives and additional sesame seeds.

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Reviews (23) Questions (0)

23 Reviews

CM January 1, 2019
Eating right now. Here are my tips:<br /><br />1) How crispy/chewy/burnt your shiitakes get depends entirely on how thinly you slice, but either way they will probably be done before the tofu -- for me, about 30 minutes on the mushrooms and the full 40 for the tofu.<br />2) If you're missing panko, that's OK - will be less crunchy but I just added more sesame seeds and was still happy<br />3) Serving suggestion: alongside some simple gai lon, broccoli, or other tender greens<br />4) Drizzle with ABC (sweet soy) sauce and scallions
Melissa H. June 23, 2018
This was very good, even some hesitant eaters really liked it. I did switch my oven to convection for the about the last five minutes which helped crisp it up a bit. I roasted the mushrooms on a separate sheet pan with broccoli, just to make the whole dinner at once. They finished a bit sooner, which was easy to take one sheet out first. We did agree that the tofu would be good if it had a little kick to it, so we will experiment with adding red pepper flakes next time.
pottsy.1990 March 15, 2018
I liked the tofu & mushrooms from a texture point of view but thought this needed more flavour. Served with roasted broccoli, briwn rice & kimchi which helped things but maybe a sauce needed here?
lmr February 25, 2018
What kind of tofu is everyone using - silken or regular? Thanks!
Author Comment
Sarah J. February 25, 2018
Extra-firm tofu!
msmely March 9, 2018
both silken and regular tofu come in extra firm varieties...<br />typically you don't press silken tofu since even the extra firm stuff is so soft and the high moisture content makes it liable to fall apart. Similarly you tend to not use silken tofu in any recipe that involves a lot of bashing the tofu around since it'll tend to break up into pieces. For these reasons I would guess that Sarah means regular tofu.
melissa Y. January 14, 2018
As everyone has mentioned, this is a versatile, easy and worthy of regular rotation (and very easily doubled!)! i chopped up some kale and added it to the bowl with leftover marinade to give the meal a leafy base. My mushrooms were done in 15 minutes, so definitelt watch them. I added a savory ground pork with garlic, onions, sake, soy sauce, & mirin as a side for the non-tofu eaters and it really made a great dinner for the crowd.
ShaLaLa2009 January 13, 2018
I made this for the 2nd time to go on top of Food52's warm kimchi bowl with spicy broccoli recipe, and it's really delicious. Great flavors and not much work to get there! I'm definitely going to keep making this combo!<br />
cookinginvictoria July 27, 2017
Made the tofu (w/o the mushrooms) tonight and, we all loved it. I paired it with Melissa Clark's Summer Squash, Coconut and Basil Stir Fry (from her Dinner: Changing the Game cookbook) and udon noodles. The stirfry was lovely, but the tofu was the star of the evening and was devoured by everyone at the table. Loved the ease of preparation -- so much easier than panfrying the cubes. The tofu was nicely flavored from the marinade and had a wonderful crispiness. This dish seems very versatile. I can see pairing the tofu with so many different vegetables. Really delicious.
Vegetarian, C. July 25, 2017
I made this over the weekend and will be making round 2 tonight as I knew I'd like it and bought double everything. The shiitake didn't look so great last week at the store so I went with cremini, worked great. That said, I used tamari instead of soy, that's just what I keep on hand, and the cremini was a tad too salty but I over roasted the mushrooms so they dried out a pinch and that might have contributed. I will go lighter tonight on the tamari. I would like to get a tad more flavor on the tofu, might try marinating them for 30 minutes after I press them for an hour or so. Loved this! THANK YOU!!
Vegetarian, C. July 25, 2017
Continued...I also roasted broccoli and served all 3 in a bowl together. Recommendations on style of rice or type of greens to serve with this?
alywit June 19, 2017
I followed this recipe to the letter. The tofu turned out great. The Shitake mushrooms were burnt to a crisp after 15 mins in the oven at 400F. Bummer. I will try it again because I like mushrooms and the tofu was great. However I will roast the mushrooms separately first at a lower temperature.
EmilyC May 26, 2017
Made this last week and absolutely adored it! Best tofu I've ever made. Last night, I had broccoli on its last leg and tossed it with the same dressing and showered it with sesame seeds. So good!
EmilyC May 26, 2017
p.s. I roasted the broccoli.
Änneken May 19, 2017
I also only made the tofu (I don't like the texture of mushrooms) and it was delicious! It's so easy to make! <br />Separately from the tofu I made this dressing ( to go with my lunch salad for the next day and strangely enough the tofu AND the dressing together were out of this world. I making the tofu again over the weekend.
Alexandra S. May 9, 2017
Loved this! I only made the tofu, and I didn't have panko or sesame seeds, but the seasoning of the dressing was perfect, and the cornstarch gave it such a nice crispiness. SO easy and SO good. Carnivore husband was gobbling it up. Thanks!
Emma S. May 2, 2017
Has anyone made this with fine breadcrumbs instead of panko? I'm planning on trying it tomorrow but forgot to get panko! I don't think the Italian-style seasoned panko I have would work as a substitute ;)
Thumbs up from the Fam of 5 including 3 teenagers/carnivores! Absolutely delicious and the Shitaake mushrooms tasted like bacon! So tasty! Winner Dinner- will make again!
Awads April 25, 2017
This came out exactly as advertised. Crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside. So delicious!! I didn't have shitake mushrooms so just used cremini. It was totally fine (used one pan instead of two: win, win!). This definitely goes into the Meatless Monday rotation.
draya3 April 23, 2017
About to put this into the oven and thought I'd check to see if anyone commented about adding lime juice or vinegar, maybe mirin. Popping it in and hoping it's not too salty.
draya3 April 23, 2017
Awesome is all I can say. Totally crispy and definitely NOT too salty. Love!!!
Sheila N. April 13, 2017
<br />I cannot wait to try this! It's so hard to get restaurant-style crispy tofu. I have my hopes up pretty high!<br />
Author Comment
Sarah J. April 13, 2017
Hope you like it!