Sesame Tofu

Sesame seed-coated marinated tofu is a tasty recipe that goes well with any Asian-themed meal.

Yield: 4 servings

Time: 30 minutes


  • knife
  • medium baking dish
  • spatula
  • 2 shallow bowls
  • whisk or fork


  • 5 T water, divided
  • 2 T plus 1 t soy sauce, divided
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • 14 oz extra-firm tofu, pressed
  • 3 T tahini
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • ½ c white and/or black sesame seeds
  • pinch cayenne
  • pinch salt
  • black pepper


Preheat oven to 350.

Combine 2 T water, 2 T soy sauce, oil, and vinegar in the baking dish.

Cut the tofu into 8 equal slices or triangles, then place in dish in a single layer. Flip to coat both sides with marinade.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine remaining 3 T water, t soy sauce, tahini, and lemon in one bowl, and seeds and spices in the other.

Remove dish from the oven and coat the top of each slice of tofu with a thin layer of tahini mixture, then press that into the sesame seeds.

Return tofu to the marinade, sesame-side up, and bake another 10 minutes.

Serve with a flavorful sauce such as wasabi or red pepper coulis.


VeganAdapted from the recipe for “Sesame tofu with wasabi cream sauce” in The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the Eastread my review.

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