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Fast & Easy Dinner: Sesame Tofu Stir-Fry

Fast & Easy Dinner: Sesame Tofu Stir-Fry

If you've never experimented with tofu before, consider doing so tonight. Think of tofu like chicken, it takes on the flavor of the other ingredients.

In this case, the supporting cast consists of soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and sesame seeds. Snow peas add a punch of green color and the textural element of crunch. Serve over white rice for a delicious vegetarian meal.

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Sesame Tofu Stir-Fry

Sesame Tofu Stir-Fry

Sesame Tofu Stir-Fry


  1. 1 block firm tofu (14 to 15 ounces)
  2. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  3. 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  4. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  5. 2 teaspoon sugar
  6. 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  7. 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  8. 2 scallions
  9. 1 clove garlic
  10. 8 ounces snow peas
  11. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  12. 2 tablespoons water
  13. 2 to 4 cups cooked white or brown rice, for serving


  1. Drain the tofu and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 24 pieces). Whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, and sugar in a glass pie plate or baking dish. Add tofu, turn the coat, and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring and tossing, until fragrant and a shade or two darker, about 4 minutes. Pour into a bowl to cool.
  3. Peel and grate the ginger. Trim and chop the scallions, keeping the white and green parts separate. Smash, peel, and finely chop the garlic. Pull off the stems and any tough strings from the snow peas, if necessary.
  4. When you’re ready to cook the tofu, reserve 1 tablespoon of the marinade in a small bowl and drain off the rest: Pat the tofu dry and drain off the rest. Pat the tofu dry with paper towels.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high to high heat. Working in batches if necessary, fry the tofu in the skillet, turning occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer the tofu with a slotted spoon or spatula; toss with the sesame seeds. Set aside.
  6. Add the remaining oil to the skillet. Stir-fry the ginger, garlic, and scallion whites until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the snow peas and water and stir-fry until the snow peas are bright green and lightly glazed, about 2 minutes.
  7. Return the fried tofu and scallion greens to the pan, pour in reserved marinade, and stir gently to combine. Cook until the snow peas are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes more. Serve with rice.

Serves 2-4.

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DivaDivine DivaDivine 8 years
Yum! That looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I bought tofu to make pad thai but wanted to use a different recipe to finish the pack. Winner, winner tofu dinner.
katherose katherose 8 years
Made this for dinner last night; it was disgusting. Far too oily and salty. Gross.
holleighz holleighz 8 years
the boyfriend and i make a very similar recipe, just adding a touch of honey and wasabi powder and usually one or two additional veggies. it's perfect over coconut rice.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I LOVE sesame tofu. That's been my only order for the past 6 months from my Chinese delivery restaurant. :D
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I used to hate tofu because of the weird texture, but since I've learned more methods of preparing it I really like it.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
This looks yum! I'm going to make this tonight!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
since im' a veggie i eat tofu all the time and a lot of my family members are a bit wary of it. what i've done in the past is gone to PF Chengs (the restaurant) and when people usually get the chicken lettuce wraps, i have them get the veggie ones - and most people don't notice the difference. they all taste the same since it's the flavor of what they are cooked in rather than anything else.
krae85 krae85 8 years
I haven't tried tofu yet... it's kinda expensive, and people seem not to like it so much.
foxie foxie 8 years
Looks delicious. I'm so bad at preparing tofu, though. Maybe I don't marinate it long enough, but it always has that bland tofu taste in the center.
akessler07 akessler07 8 years
I just made this exact recipe a few nights ago! It's really delicious and definitely very easy.
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