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Pan-Fried Sesame Garlic Tofu

2023 Recipes

This crispy pan-fried sesame garlic tofu is going to change your mind about tofu almost instantly!

It’s a great source of protein and low in fat. It’s so tender too and it soaks up all the flavour of the dish. It’s a great blank slate and super versatile. Think of it like the vegetarian’s chicken.


  • 400g extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbs cornflour
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic & chilli sauce (if you like it less spicy, stick with 1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 scallion


  • 30 min


  • 15 min


  • Easy


1. Place two paper towels on a plate, then place the entire block of tofu (drained from its packaging liquid) onto the plate. Place two more paper towels on top of the tofu and then put a heavy item on top. Not TOO heavy that it would completely crush the tofu but heavy enough that it can squeeze out liquid.
Leave for 30 minutes and halfway through, change out the paper towels.
2. Once the tofu has drained, slice it in half, then into cubes and place into a large bowl. Sprinkle cornflour on top and gently toss with your hands to ensure all tofu pieces are covered.
3. In a frying pan, add sesame oil, vegetable oil and bring up to medium-high heat.
4. Once the oil is heated up, add the tofu to the pan and let brown on all sides.
5. In the meantime, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.
6. Once the tofu has browned and crisped up on all sides, add the sauce to the pan and it should start to thicken immediately. Toss the tofu around to coat then remove from heat.
7. Serve and enjoy!


Sesame seeds and scallions are garnish. You can add them if you want but they were mainly added for aesthetic reasons.