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Sesame Crunch Tofu

  • Prep Time 0:30
  • Cook Time 0:10
  • Estimated Cost $7.00

Tofu stars in this unique dish, with a crispy sesame coating, which works over time to seal in the garlicky-gingery-soy-saucy deliciousness of the marinade. Hint: the marinade is delicious. Save any excess and use it again, either for the same recipe or on whatever meat, fish or tofu you choose.


  • 14 oz. extra-firm tofu $1.50
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil $3 for 10 oz.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce Pantry
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar Pantry
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced Pantry
  • 1 small piece ginger, peeled and minced $0.50
  • 1/2 cup flour Pantry
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds $2 
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil Pantry

Recipe Serves 2


  1. Press the block of tofu in a clean dish towel to remove any excess liquid. Cut the tofu into 3-inch triangles. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger until well-incorporated. Place tofu pieces in the liquid. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes (up to 2 hours).
  3. Combine flour and sesame seeds in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat.
  5. While oil heats, dredge marinated tofu pieces into flour-sesame seed mixture until well-covered on both sides. Place as many tofu pieces as will fit comfortably into the hot oil and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side or until brown and crisp. Add a little more oil if necessary as you go.
  6. Serve with greens and Asian chili sauce on the side.

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Mistress Didi*, on Apr 23, 11:02 AM, wrote:

Lovely, quick recipe! A tiny dash of cinnamon can replace the brown sugar (for those conscious about sweeteners). Rice flour also makes a nice substitution for wheat flour.

Wherever you live, give thanx! Tofu for $1.50? Sesame oil for $3? I need to move! I just paid $3.99 for 6 oz. bottle of sesame oil… NYC prices!!!

[Even in expensive San Francisco I find tofu and sesame oil very reasonably-priced at Trader Joes and Asian specialty grocery stores. --G]

Mike Gibson, on Apr 25, 02:08 PM, wrote:

This looks absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately I move in a couple weeks and have already packed up a good portion of my kitchen :(, but I look forward to making this in my huge new Chicago kitchen.

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Made this last night – so good! Had envisioned leftovers for lunch today but I ended up eating it all last night.

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