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Sesame Baked Tofu

SharePin40ShareYumFlipTweet40 SharesThis sesame-baked tofu is good hot or cold and goes with lots of recipes like noodle bowls, lettuce wraps, and stir-fries. If you’re looking for a tasty plant-based protein recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Give it a try! Jump to Recipe About Sesame Baked Tofu Baked tofu in lettuce wraps is one…


This sesame-baked tofu is good hot or cold and goes with lots of recipes like noodle bowls, lettuce wraps, and stir-fries. If you’re looking for a tasty plant-based protein recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Give it a try!

Sesame baked tofu
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About Sesame Baked Tofu

Baked tofu in lettuce wraps is one of my favorite things to get in Asian restaurants. We’re happily settled in New Mexico, but we haven’t found anywhere locally that serves that dish. So, we started making it ourselves, and of course, we had to make the sesame-baked tofu first. It goes great in lettuce wraps, but it’s also good alongside Asian dumplings and in noodle bowls. It’s easy to make, but it does take some time. For that reason, I make it earlier in the day and then dice it later when I’m ready to add it to other dishes.

Sesame Baked Tofu Ingredients

You’ll need a pound of extra-firm tofu and a few simple items for the marinade:

  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • honey (or agave nectar to make it vegan)
  • minced garlic and minced ginger
Sesame baked tofu

A bit about Tofu

Tofu – it’s a mainstay for some of us and a scary thought for others. I’ve heard people say that tofu is bland or that it has no flavor. If you think those things, hit the reset button on your brain. Done? Okay, here’s the good news. Tofu is:

  • easy to find and easy to prepare
  • like a sponge for flavors
  • a great source of protein
  • plant-based and is therefore naturally vegan

For some nutrition info on tofu, check out this article.

Making Sesame Baked Tofu

1. Prepare the Tofu

  • As soon as you cut open the package, put the whole pound of tofu in a colander and give it a good rinse under cool running water.
  • Let it drain for a while in the colander before transferring it to a cutting board.
  • Cut the tofu into 8 equally thick slices. Admittedly, I didn’t measure, but my slices are about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Place a folded, absorbent kitchen towel on your countertop and put some paper towels on top of that.
  • Arrange the slices on top of the paper towels.
  • Put more paper towels on top of the slices and press to remove excess moisture.

How can you tell when you’ve removed enough moisture from the tofu? This is kind of tricky because there is no right answer. When I made these tofu slices, I patted them on top of the kitchen towel and paper towels with two sets of folded paper towels.

2. Apply the marinade

  • After you have removed the excess moisture, put the tofu slices on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Put a coating of the marinade on top of the slices.
  • Bake them in a 350-degree oven for 25 minutes.

3. Marinate and bake the other side

  • Remove the tofu from the oven and turn each piece over.
  • Apply the marinade on top of the slices.
  • Sprinkle some sesame seeds on the tops of the slices and put them back in the oven for another 25 minutes.

And the sesame-baked tofu is now ready to eat! It should look something like this.

When you take them out of the oven, the edges of the sesame-baked tofu might look overdone, but that’s okay. The honey in the marinade cooks faster than the tofu. Inside, the tofu is now firm, and it’s ready to go into other recipes.

Wrap-up

Sesame-baked tofu adds a unique flavor and texture to lots of recipes, and it counts as a major protein. It takes a little bit of time to bake, but the prep is easy, and you can make it ahead and use it the next day. Try this baked tofu with spicy peanut sauce, soba noodles, and zoodles with tofu, tofu lettuce wraps, or a stir-fry meal.

sesame baked tofu

Sesame Baked Tofu

Course: Main dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: baked tofu, sesame baked tofu
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2 slices
Calories: 123kcal
Author: Richard Baron
If you’re looking for a tasty plant-based protein recipe, you’ve come to the right place. This sesame baked tofu is good hot or cold and goes with lots of recipes like noodle bowls, lettuce wraps, and stir-fries. Give it a try!
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Ingredients 

  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu

Marinade Ingredients

  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 2 T honey or agave nectar
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger

Instructions

Getting Started

  • Cut open the tofu package and put the tofu into a colander.
  • Rinse the tofu under running water.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a knife, cut the tofu into 8 slices.

Pat dry the tofu

  • Fold an absorbent kitchen towel and add a layer of 3-5 paper towels on top of the kitchen towel.
  • Put the tofu slices on top of the paper towels.
  • Add another layer of paper towels on top of the tofu slices and press.
  • After you have removed a significant amount of moisture, transfer the tofu to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Marinate and bake the tofu

  • Mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Use a pastry brush to add marinade to the tops of the tofu slices.
  • Put the tofu in the oven and bake it for 25 minutes.
  • Take the tofu out of the oven and use a spatula to turn over the slices.
  • Add marinade to the tops of the tofu slices and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of the slices.
  • Put the tofu in the oven and bake it for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the baked tofu from the oven and put on a cooling rack to cool.

Notes

In this recipe, we cut the tofu into 8 slices, but you can cut it into smaller sizes if you want.
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Nutrition

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.4g | Protein: 9.9g | Fat: 5.4g | Sodium: 63.9mg | Sugar: 9.4g

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3 responses to “Sesame Baked Tofu”

  1. Baguio Restaurants by Mae Avatar

    Not fan of tofu here, but will share this recipe to my aunt who is addicted to tofu’s. Good thing I’ve found your blog. Thank you for this recipe.

  2. Julia Avatar

    I’m glad you found the blog too. I hope your aunt enjoys the baked tofu. Thanks!

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