Sweet & Spicy Sesame Tofu

January 20, 2021
5 Stars
Photo by Ria Elciario
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

A simple go-to dish for lazy days. This dish is best served with rice and vegetables (steamed broccoli, pan-seared bok choy, sautéed long beans, or whatever you fancy). You should be done cooking within half an hour. —Ria Elciario

  • 200 grams extra firm tofu (about 1/2 a packet)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (or 2 red chillies, chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 5-7 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 scallion (for garnish)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (for garnish)
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil (for cooking)
In This Recipe
  1. Press and slice tofu, then set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add in garlic, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic powder. Mix it all together until fully incorporated, then add in your tofu. Make sure your tofu is fully coated in the marinade. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. The longer you keep it in the marinade, the more flavourful your tofu will be. Feel free to prepare this half an hour ahead if you'd like.
  3. Prepare garnish, then set aside.
  4. Heat sesame oil over medium-high, preferably using a non-stick pan or skillet.
  5. Add in tofu and cook all sides until golden brown. Add remaining marinade (if you have any left) to glaze once all sides are cooked.
  6. Serve and garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

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1 Review

Elliot S. February 8, 2021
Easy to follow and delicious recipe! Definitely a new staple of my household.