Golden-crusted Sesame Seeded Tofu

In the April 1998 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine there was a recipe for Sesame Asparagus and Tofu. I ripped it out, and cooked it a hundred times in the twenty years since.

Golden-crusted Sesame Seeded Tofu
In the April 1998 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine there was a recipe for Sesame Asparagus and Tofu. I ripped it out, cooked it a hundred times in the twenty years since, and still have the clipping. My technique has evolved a bit, and I like to use the seeded tofu component on (and in) all sort of things - grain bowls, wraps, or to top a plate of grilled vegetables. But, it's also perfect paired simply with boiled (or grilled!) asparagus or broccoli, or served over blanched green beans, as pictured here. A smear of favorite chile oil, or a shower of sliced scallions seals the deal. Golden-crusted Sesame Seeded Tofu A couple of tips! Be sure to use extra-firm tofu. Also, play around a bit. I call for sesame seeds here, but like to add hemp seeds to the mix on occasion as well. Golden-crusted Sesame Seeded Tofu Golden-crusted Sesame Seeded Tofu A little side suggestion here - I also really love the seeded tofu served with this Spicy Sesame Coleslaw. So good, and you can make it ahead!
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Golden-crusted Sesame Seeded Tofu

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  • 12 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and pat dry
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  1. Pat the tofu dry, and slice into 1/2-inch by 1-inch batons. Gently toss the tofu with the soy sauce, and allow to sit for a couple of minutes. Pour the seeds onto a plate. Pick up a tofu baton, dip one side into the seeds, and transfer to a another plate. Repeat with all the tofu batons.
  2. This is one of the few cases where I prefer to use a non-stick pan. Alternately, a very well-seasoned cast iron pan will work. Heat the oil over medium-high heat, and arrange the tofu, seeded side down, in the pan. Cook until golden on the bottoms, 4-5 minutes. Brown the remaining sides, and remove from skillet. Serve as is, or as pictured (over flash-boiled green beans), to top off a rice bowl, or over whatever roasted vegetables you might have going!

Serves 4.

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
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Heidi, I’m hooked! I’m currently making this for the second time in 4 days. My mouth is watering, thinking of the delicious dinner I’ll be eating and the scrumptious leftovers that will await me. Many thanks for another fabulous, attainable recipe!5 stars

I have that clipping too! BTW, happy new year--your renewed blog activity has been noticed and I'm enjoying it so much.

This one of my favorite recipes! I have made it SO many times! It feels fancy yet is so fast and easy. I buy larger bags of sesame seeds at the asian grocery store so i always have them on hand. Makes a great sandwich, salad topper, snack, entree....


I was thinking about trying this on parchment in the oven. Have you ever tried it in the oven, or only stovetop? Thanks!

HS: Hi Denise, got for it!

I make this by cutting the tofu into 1/4 inch slices, and then again diagonally into triangles after cooking. I eliminate soy, dip into egg white, then seeds. Serve with nuoc cham dipping sauce.


is the soy sauce sufficient to make the seeds stick to the tofu? I'm thinking everything-bagel spice mix might also be delicious!

HS: Yes - it has worked for me all these years. And ABSOLUTELY re: the everything bagel seasoning. Brilliant idea!


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