Honey Sesame Tofu with Sriracha and Fresh Lime

This tofu is lightly pan fried in a hot-sesame-honey-glaze. It’s finished with lime juice making it sweet, hot and tangy, a combination that’s loved by all.

By Jill Nammar

Honey Sesame Tofu with Sriracha and Fresh Lime recipe

Wok-tossed, golden tofu with a feisty sauce is good eating. These crispy morsels are served piping hot straight from the pan with more juicy lime wedges on the side.

Honey Sesame Tofu with Sriracha and Fresh Lime
 
Serve with: A simple dinner can be had with some freshly steamed jasmine rice and a few sliced cucumbers tossed with a little lime juice and sea salt. The addition of a few chopped scallions and fresh Thai basil after the tofu comes out of the pan makes this dish even tastier.
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Recipe Type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1- 15 ounce package of extra firm tofu, I use organic.
  • 1-2 limes, cut into wedges
  • A couple of drizzles of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of smoked Spanish paprika
  • Small drizzle of sriracha sauce or chili oil or a pinch of ground red chili pepper
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds, I use a mixture of blond and black for interest. But all blond will work fine too.
  • 1 tablespoon of neutral tasting oil, plus more for cooking
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Serving suggestions: steamed jasmine rice, sliced cucumbers, lime wedges, fresh mint, fresh Thai basil, diced scallions, sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. Slice the block of tofu in half and press it to remove some of the water. I press tofu by putting it between paper towels and placing a plate on top of it. Then I put some of my heavy cookbooks on top of the plate. Press the tofu for about 5-15 minutes to remove some of the water in it. Remove the paper towels and chop the tofu into small cubes.
  2. Put the cubed tofu in a bowl with the sesame seeds, one tablespoon of oil, a small drizzle of honey, the smoked paprika and the sriracha sauce or ground chili pepper. Season with salt and toss. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Preheat a wok or a nonstick pan with some oil on medium heat, for pan frying the tofu.
  4. Pan fry the tofu until it's golden brown on all sides. Adjust the heat and toss the tofu as it cooks, keeping a watchful eye so that the heat is not too high causing the sesame seeds and honey to burn. The tofu cooks pretty quickly.
  5. Once the tofu is golden brown on all sides, put it into a bowl and toss it with more drizzles of honey and a couple of squeezes of fresh lime juice.

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