Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu

Tofu is super absorbent and takes in flavours beautifully no matter what you cook with it or cook it in.
By Nagalakshmi Viswanathan

Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu

The moment I saw this gorgeous sesame tofu recipe, I wanted to try it. Some of the original ingredients are not always what I have in hand or use much so I substituted with my own variations and it still tasted great.

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Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu
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Tofu is super absorbent and takes in flavours beautifully no matter what you cook with it or cook it in.
Recipe Type: Side
Serves: 2
  • 1 block of firm tofu
  • ¼ cup of cornflour / corn starch
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp of white sesame seeds
  • A small bunch of spring onions/green onions
For the sauce:
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of soya sauce
  • 1 tsp of vinegar
  • 2 tsp of red chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated garlic
  • 2 tsp of sesame oil
  • ½ cup of oil, more or less, for shallow frying
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan.
  2. Simmer on low heat until it starts to bubble up a bit. Continue to simmer for 2-3 mins and then turn off flame.
  3. Now we need to fry up the tofu. If your tofu came packed in water, drain completely and press between kitchen towels to extract extra moisture. Cut into bite-sized cubes and dredge in the corn flour until fully coated.
  4. Heat oil for shallow frying in a pan and add the tofu pieces in small batches making sure they don't overlap at all. Fry until light golden brown, drain and continue until you are done with the entire lot. Drain on kitchen towels to absorb the extra oil.
  5. Add the fried tofu to a wide bowl and pour the sauce on top.
  6. Top off with the sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.
  7. Toss well to coat.
The original recipe called for tamari instead of soya sauce I used, rice wine vinegar instead of the regular white vinegar I used, and Chinese sesame oil whereas I used gingelly oil or Indian sesame oil. As mentioned, I still loved the end product although my sauce was thicker since I added lesser honey.
Nagalakshmi Viswanathan

Nagalakshmi Viswanathan

Nagalakshmi, aka Nags, is the cook, writer, and photographer behind Edible Garden. She loves most things edible, loves traveling to places just for the food, and hardly ever leaves home without her camera. Her specialties are Indian food, making baking look easier than it actually is, and finding new and unique ways to use her Kitchenaid. She lives in Singapore with her husband and a small herb garden in her balcony.

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Originally Published: May 14, 2013

13 Responses to Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu

  1. Judit Reply

    November 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Dear Nagalakshmi,

    this recipe is super simple and extremely delicious.
    We just had it 2 minuites ago for dinner. Amazing!
    We put remained rice into the pan, the sauce was made not to let a drop to go to waste :)
    Thank you!

  2. Juhea Kim Reply

    February 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    This looks so good and healthy! I’m vegan so I’ll change the honey to agave. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Aurelia Reply

    February 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for this recipe, I love tofu but never cook it at home much. I’ll try this though :)

  4. reeju maharjan Reply

    March 25, 2014 at 7:21 am

    i always search for tofu recipe finally i found one and it seems easier and tasty

  5. fae Reply

    April 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Yum! I just made this for dinner, and the sauce is just perfect!

  6. Aria Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I LOVE this recipe, thanks for posting it Nagalakshmi!

    I tried this recipe, and it tasted incredible.

    I even wrote a blog post about my thoughts about this recipe on my blog series called “CopyCat Cooking”. I also took a picture of what my tofu dish looked like.

    Here’s the link to my blog post: http://artandbeautyfreak.blogspot.dk/2014/04/copycat-cooking-ep-3-hot-and-sweet.html

    Would love it if any of you guys would check it out. <3


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  8. Anonymous Reply

    April 17, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Will try

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  10. Raewyn Reply

    August 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    what weight is a “block” of tofu – please ???

  11. raquel loback Reply

    September 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    this recipe is just PERFECT.

    i’m in brazil and i write a vegetarian column in a food blog over here. my version of your recipe will be there by october 20th :) with credits, of course!


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  13. FoodGeekGraze Reply

    June 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    love love love the agedashi tofu riff and small cube presentation :-)

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