Tofu in Nut Butter Sauce Makes a Fast & Fresh Vegetarian Meal

Chances are you've spent the past week trying to eat healthy. To encourage you to continue down this path, I thought I'd share my favorite tofu recipe. It's a simple pan-fried tofu with a rich, flavorful, Asian-inspired sauce. Sliced green onions and sesame seeds finish off the dish, while providing a much-needed crunch. Even if you've never made tofu, give this recipe a try; it's totally uncomplicated. Tofu is like chicken in the sense that it takes on the flavor of the surrounding ingredients. Thus, the sauce, a mixture of peanut butter, soy sauce, and rice vinegar, is key. Serve with brown rice, broccoli, or noodles. Get the recipe to this vegetarian dinner option, after the break.

Tofu Triangles in Creamy Nut Buttter Sauce With Scallions

Tofu Triangles in Creamy Nut Buttter Sauce With Scallions


  1. Tofu Triangles:
  2. 1 carton firm tofu, drained
  3. 2 tablespoons peanut or sesame oil, for frying
  4. 2 scallions including the greens, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  5. 1 tablespoon toasted white or black sesame seeds
  6. The Creamy Nut Butter Sauce:
  7. 1/4 cup regular soy sauce
  8. 1 tablespoon tamari
  9. 1/4 cup sesame paste, peanut butter, or cashew butter
  10. 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  11. 2 tablespoons white or light brown sugar
  12. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or chili oil
  13. 2 scallions, finely chopped
  14. 1/3 cup water or stock
  15. Pinch salt


  1. Slice the tofu crosswise into scant 1/ 2-inch slabs, then cut each slab into 2 triangles. Blot with paper towels.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet and add the oil. When hot, add the tofu and fry over medium-high heat until golden. Turn and cook on the second side.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small food processor and puree until smooth. Taste for salt and add a little extra, if needed.
  4. When the tofu is done, pour in half the sauce and cook until bubbling and partially reduced.
  5. Turn off the heat, scatter the scallions and sesame seeds over the top, and bring to the table. Serve the rest of the sauce over brown rice, noodles, or whatever you choose as an accompaniment.

Serves 4.

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This looks amazing, Party! Thank you!!
@ girlA - thanks very much. I think Trader Joe's carries it also.
Yep, sesame seed paste=tahini. You can usually find it with the peanut butter in most health food stores.
I agree - this looks super tasty! Sesame paste = tahini, right?!
Looks great! Thanks for posting!
This looks remarkably tasty :)
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