Soy-Sesame Sauce Tofu


Toasted sesame seeds and green onions give a lot of great texture to pan seared tofu, which is flavored with a savory sesame-soy sauce. Slideshow:  How to Make Tofu 

Soy-Sesame Sauce Tofu
Photo: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Total Time:
20 mins
2 to 4


  • One 14 ounce (396g) package firm tofu, drained and rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil (or other high flashpoint oil)

  • 1 tablespoon grated or minced fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seed oil

  • Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

  • Sliced green onions, to garnish


  1. Pat the tofu block dry with paper towels to remove excess water. Cut into 1/2-inch thick slices.

  2. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the oil and after the oil is hot, carefully add the tofu into a single layer (hot oil may splatter). Sear each side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden and crisped.

  3. Lower the heat to medium and carefully add the ginger, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, and sesame seed oil. Simmer for 1 minute and then serve garnished with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.

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