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Better-Than-Takeout Crispy Sesame Tofu

 July 8, 2024

Say goodbye to takeout and say hello to the perfect vegetarian recipe that comes together in under 40 minutes. This is my Better-Than-Takeout Crispy Sesame Tofu and comes together with perfectly baked tofu, sautéd green onions, and a thick, restaurant-style sauce. Serve it over rice or a bed of lettuce, and you’ve got the perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

Friends, have you seen my new series over on Instagram? Each week, I’ve been sharing a new way to use tofu in healthy and delicious recipes. While tofu may be a bit of a “controversial” ingredient to some people, I absolutely love it. It’s plant-based, packed with protein, and is SO versatile. You can use it in-place of meat in tacos, turn it into a scramble without the eggs, and even make it into a delicious, better-than-takeout dinner option.

This Crispy Sesame tofu is crispy, sweet, salty, and so delicious, even my meat-loving boys love it! The sauce is nice and thick, and paired with the crispy tofu and bright green onions? It’s truly the perfect combination. I promise, you’re going to love it!

What You Need to Make This Perfect Tofu Dish

  • Hoisin Sauce: Hoisin sauce is a thick and fragrant soy-based sauce that adds the best flavor to this recipe.
  • Rice Vinegar: Rice vinegar adds just the right amount of tang to the sauce. Don’t skip it!
  • Coconut Aminos or Low-Sodium Soy Sauce: If you want to keep this recipe gluten-free, you can use coconut aminos. Otherwise, low sodium soy sauce works great, in this recipe.
  • Water: A little water helps to thin the sauce so that it reaches the perfect consistency.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil: Sesame oil is packed with flavor, and really brings this sauce to life.
  • Arrowroot Starch or Corn Starch: A little arrowroot starch or corn starch helps to thicken the sauce, so it’s truly restaurant-style!
  • Extra-Firm Tofu: Of course, you’ll need tofu for this recipe! Extra-firm tofu is the key here, as it has less water content and will hold up while cooking.
  • Avocado Oil: Avocado oil is a neutral oil that is filled with healthy fats, making it the best option for cooking the tofu and green onions.
  • Green Onions: Fresh green onions add a bright and vibrant flavor to this tofu.
  • Garlic: I always recommend using fresh garlic, whenever possible. The flavor is truly unbeatable!
A top-down view of a kitchen workspace with ingredients for cooking. A bowl of sauce with sesame seeds is being whisked, surrounded by green onions, a bowl of tofu pieces, a block of tofu, a head of garlic, a knife, and other small bowls of ingredients.
Add the sauce ingredients to a small bowl or large measuring cup – the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, coconut aminos, water, toasted sesame oil, and arrowroot starch – and stir to fully combine. The sauce should be thick! Set it aside once done.

How to Make This Better-Than-Takeout Vegetarian Dinner

To make this Crispy Sesame Tofu, start by preheating your oven to 425 F. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. Add the sauce ingredients to a small bowl or large measuring cup – the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, coconut aminos, water, toasted sesame oil, and arrowroot starch – and stir to fully combine. The sauce should be thick! Set it aside once done.

Next, prepare the tofu. Press the tofu block into a towel to squeeze as much water out of it as possible. Then, use your hands to break it up into chunks and add them to a bowl. Add the avocado oil, coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce), and arrowroot starch (or corn starch) to the bowl with the tofu and toss until the tofu is fully coated. Next, transfer the tofu to the baking sheet and spread it out evenly, so that the pieces aren’t touching. This is important, otherwise they will stick together!

Bake the tofu for 30 minutes, flipping at the halfway point. Once the tofu is done, remove it from the oven and set it aside. Next, heat a pan, on the stove, over medium heat, and add in the avocado oil. Chop the green onions into larger pieces. Then, once the oil is hot, add the green onions in and sauté them for 2 minutes. Then, add in the mashed garlic and continue to stir it with the green onions, being careful that the garlic doesn’t burn.

Finally, add in the baked tofu and the sauce and stir until the green onions and tofu are fully coated in the sauce and the sauce has thickened – this should take about 2 minutes. Serve over rice or lettuce, then serve and enjoy!

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** Photography by Tanya Pilgrim
A skillet filled with stir-fried tofu and green onions sits on a marble countertop. Surrounding the skillet are various bowls containing ingredients like garlic cloves, white pepper, and sesame seeds. The vibrant green onions contrast with the golden-brown tofu.
Dairy Free/gluten-free/Grain Free/Nut Free/Refined Sugar Free/Vegan

Better-Than-Takeout Crispy Sesame Tofu

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Nicole Modic
SERVES 4 Servings
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Say goodbye to takeout and say hello to the perfect vegetarian recipe that comes together in under 40 minutes. This is my Better-Than-Takeout Crispy Sesame Tofu and comes together with perfectly baked tofu, sautéd green onions, and a thick, restaurant-style sauce. Serve it over rice or a bed of lettuce, and you've got the perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

Ingredients

For the Sauce:

  • Cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Aminos or Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Arrowroot Starch or Corn Starch

For the Tofu:

  • 2 Blocks Extra-Firm Tofu pressed
  • 2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Aminos or Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Starch or Corn Starch

For the Stir-Fry:

  • 2 Bunches Green Onions chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 Cloves Garlic mashed

Instructions

  • To make this Crispy Sesame Tofu, start by preheating your oven to 425 F.
  • Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Add the sauce ingredients to a small bowl or large measuring cup – the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, coconut aminos, water, toasted sesame oil, and arrowroot starch – and stir to fully combine. The sauce should be thick! Set it aside once done.
  • Next, prepare the tofu. Press the tofu block into a towel to squeeze as much water out of it as possible. Then, use your hands to break it up into chunks and add them to a bowl.
  • Add the avocado oil, coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce), and arrowroot starch (or corn starch) to the bowl with the tofu and toss until the tofu is fully coated.
  • Next, transfer the tofu to the baking sheet and spread it out evenly, so that the pieces aren't touching. This is important, otherwise they will stick together!
  • Bake the tofu for 30 minutes, flipping at the halfway point. Once the tofu is done, remove it from the oven and set it aside.
  • Next, heat a pan, on the stove, over medium heat, and add in the avocado oil.
  • Chop the green onions into larger pieces. Then, once the oil is hot, add the green onions in and sauté them for 2 minutes.
  • Then, add in the mashed garlic and continue to stir it with the green onions, being careful that the garlic doesn't burn.
  • Finally, add in the baked tofu and the sauce and stir until the green onions and tofu are fully coated in the sauce and the sauce has thickened – this should take about 2 minutes.
  • Serve over rice or lettuce, then serve and enjoy!

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