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Sesame Tofu

Sesame Tofu with Tahini Sauce

There's nothing like crispy tofu with wonderfully creamy sauce served on a bed of rice! This Bianca Zapatka inspired recipe is just that: Crispy Sesame Tofu with Tahini Sauce instantly became a favourite of ours!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Marinading Time: 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 45 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Middle Eastern, Vegan
Servings 4 portions
Calories 768 kcal


  • 400 g firm tofu
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 320 g rice
  • 30 g roasted peanuts

For the Marinade:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 15 g ginger
  • 4 tbsp dark soy sauce

For Broccoli:

  • 270 g broccoli
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

For Tahini Sauce:

  • 1 lime
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • tbsp brown sugar, maple syrup or runny honey
  • 4 tbsp tahini paste
  • 4 tbsp water


Marinade Tofu:

  • Take your tofu out of the fridge and drain it. Wrap it in a tea towel and put a heavy weight (we used a heavy pan) on top to remove any excess moisture. Leave it to drain for approx. 30 minutes.
  • Dice the tofu into cubes. Spread in a single layer in a large dish. In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Pour the mixture over the tofu cubes, cover and leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours (marinade for 8 hours for best results).

Prepare the Sauce:

  • Mix all the sauce ingredients together. Add more water if your sauce is too thick.

Make the Sesame Tofu with Rice & Brocolli:

  • Boil the rice following instructions on the packet.
  • Mix breadcrumbs and sesame seeds on a large plate. Then roll the tofu cubes in the mixture. Make sure you coat the tofu thoroughly.
  • Heat 3 tbs of vegetable oil in a large frying pan. When hot, add the sesame tofu cubes and fry, turning them once in a while. Your tofu should be crispy and golden. It will take about 7-8 minutes.
  • Whilst your tofu is crisping up, parboil broccoli. Pour boiling water over the broccoli florets and add a pinch of salt. Cook for 3-6 minutes (depending on the size of your florets). Your broccoli should start to soften but still retain some crunch.
  • Drain the broccoli. Heat 1 tbsp of sesame oil in another frying pan. Tip the broccoli in and stir fry on high heat for 4-5 minutes to brown a little.
  • Divide rice between four bowls. Top with crispy sesame tofu and stir-fried broccoli. Drizzle the tahini sauce all over. Scatter some roasted peanuts, any crispy sesame crumbs left in the tofu pan and garnish with a wedge of lime!


Calories: 768kcalCarbohydrates: 93gProtein: 26gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 1634mgPotassium: 565mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 421IUVitamin C: 66mgCalcium: 292mgIron: 5mg
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