Say hello to your new favorite high protein snack. This baked sesame ginger tofu is crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and the sauce will have you licking your fingers clean.
Simple is Always Best
While we were traveling in the Philippines, we kept re-visiting a restaurant that served teriyaki tofu on rice. Nothing extraordinary. Just crispy tofu, teriyaki sauce, and rice. And let us tell you, sometimes the most simple dish is the one that keeps you up at night.
We created this recipe as an ode to our time in the Philippines, and to highlight how sometimes the simplest foods are the ones that blow you away. This baked sesame ginger tofu is going to be that food for you.
Tofu is something people either really love or really hate. While some people still don’t even know what the heck it is! If you buy a pack of tofu, cut it up, and serve it plain, don’t expect to be impressed. You’re going to have to put in a little effort people.
But before you get discouraged, think about having to marinate meat before cooking it. Treat tofu the same way. It is your protein source after all! The great thing about tofu is that it takes on any marinade or flavor, so it’s extremely versatile.
It’s super easy to throw on rice, mix in a stir-fry, or eat on its own. The key to achieving the best tofu texture is to use the firm variety and press the water out of it. We’ll show you how to ensure you end up with the crispiest, most delicious tofu every time.
Key Ingredients for Baked Sesame Ginger Tofu
- Sesame oil: it wouldn’t be a sesame ginger tofu without some sesame oil. It adds a delicious nutty flavor, and is often used in Asian cuisine. Interestingly enough, sesame oil actually contains antioxidants that are showing real promise in promoting good artery health. But let’s not kid ourselves here, we just like the taste.
- Tofu: a high-protein, highly versatile food that can be used in just about any recipe. We even add it to smoothies! For those of you that didn’t know, tofu is made from soybeans that are ground in water and pressed into a block (or “brick” as we say). There is a number of different tofu varieties, from extra-soft silken to extra-firm tofu. We use extra-firm for this recipe.
- Ginger: this spice is one of the healthiest, and also tastiest ingredients in the world. It actually originated from a flowering plant in China. Ginger is widely used in both cooking and medicine as a treatment for nausea and upset stomach. It has a strong, spicy flavor that finishes a little sweet. We always opt for fresh ginger root over the powdered form, but use whatever is convenient to you.
- Corn starch: along with pressing it, corn starch helps crisp up the tofu even more without needing to fry it. If you aren’t able to eat corn, you can try using arrowroot starch instead.
How to Make Baked Sesame Ginger Tofu
To start this recipe off, open and drain your pack of tofu. Wrap it in a clean tea towel, and place a flat surface above and below it. We usually just use two cutting boards. Now, leave a heavy object on the top cutting board to press the water out for about 20-30 minutes. You can use things like canned vegetables or large dishes.
Next, you’ll need to put together the tofu marinade. It comes together in 5 minutes or less with sesame oil, maple syrup, ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, and other tasty ingredients. Cube the tofu, toss it in the marinade, and let it sit for about 5 minutes or so.
If you have more time, you can marinate it for longer since it will soak in the flavors even more.
Once you’ve let it marinate, coat the tofu cubes in corn starch and bake them for 25-30 minutes. In the meantime start cooking some rice to serve with the tofu. When you’ve got that going, reduce the leftover marinade on your stovetop in a skillet until it’s nice and thick. This should only take about 5-10 minutes. You can also toast some sesame seeds to garnish the tofu with, but raw works too.
Once the tofu is done, throw the cubes into your skillet and coat them in the sesame ginger glaze. Serve the tofu with rice, chopped green onions, and sesame seeds. And there you have it! Simple and delicious.
How to Store Baked Sesame Ginger Tofu
Once cooked, tofu will last in the fridge for 4-5 days. We would not recommend freezing it.
Why You’ll Love This Baked Sesame Ginger Tofu
This is one of those recipes you’ll find yourself constantly coming back to. It’s:
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3 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories437
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 24g 37%
- Saturated Fat 4g 20%
- Sodium 700mg 30%
- Potassium 91mg 3%
- Total Carbohydrate 35g 12%
- Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
- Sugars 7g
- Protein 22g 44%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
What can I use instead of corn starch?
Instead of corn starch, you can try arrowroot starch with varied results. You can also omit it, but the tofu will not crisp up as much.
Do I have to press my tofu?
No, you do not have to press the tofu. It does help get rid of the excess water, but the recipe will still work if you don’t have time to press the tofu.
Can I omit the Sriracha hot sauce?
Yes, you can omit the Sriracha hot sauce if you are sensitive to spicy foods.