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My husband is a real master in the art of tofu-making so I am lucky to often find a delicious, large brick of it in the fridge. Usually I use it in a stir-fry but last week I figured out how to make a sweet and sour sesame sauce for it.
It turned out very tasty (and quick and easy as well) and is sure to become a mainstay in our house.
How to make sesame tofu:
You start by putting together a sauce with rice vinegar, soy sauce, a bit of fresh ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and oil, honey and a few red pepper flakes for a bit of heat. To thicken the sauce you simply add a teaspoon of cornstarch.
Next you cut the tofu (you want firm or extra firm for this recipe) into bite-sized cubes and roll them in flour. The flour will give them a nice and crispy shell after they’re fried.
Then you simply fry the tofu cubes on all sides until they’re golden brown and crispy and then heat the sauce in a saucepan until it thickens a bit and turns translucent.
Sprinkle some chopped scallions on top for some freshness and dinner is served!
Two quick recipe tips:
- Sesame seeds have a high oil content, which is what makes them so delicious, but that also causes them to go rancid after a few short months so be sure to store them in the refrigerator.
- This recipe calls for two tablespoons of honey and it can be a pain to measure honey in a spoon measure, so here’s what I recommend: measure the sesame oil right before the honey, then use the same tablespoon measure (without rinsing it) to measure the honey. Since it’ll still be coated with oil, the honey will easily glide out of it.
If you’re looking for an Asian-inspired appetizer to serve with this dish I recommend this Asian Noodle Salad:
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more if you like it spicier
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/2 pound firm tofu
- 1/2 cup flour
- 4 scallions, chopped
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying
- Put soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, sesame oil, honey, red pepper flakes and cornstarch into a liquid measuring cup and stir well until fully combined. Set aside.
- Cut the tofu into 3/4-inch to 1-inch cubes.
- Roll the tofu cubes in the flour, making sure you are coating them on all sides.
- Fry the tofu in vegetable oil until golden brown on all sides. Set aside.
- Pour the sauce ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a full boil. Keep boiling the sauce until it becomes translucent and thickens. Take off the heat and pour over the tofu.
- Serve with rice and sprinkle chopped scallions on top.
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