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sesame tofu and rice in a bowl with a grey napkin on the side

Crispy Pan-Fried Sesame Tofu

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Pan-Fry
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan


Crispy Pan-Fried Sesame Tofu is packed with sesame flavour and ready in under 30 minutes!



Stir Fry

  • 1 pack extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Sesame sauce

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce, gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp cold water


  1. Drain the tofu, and press it between two paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible. 
  2. Cut the tofu into cubes and toss in a bowl with the cornstarch. 
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan on medium-high heat then add half of the sliced green onions and all of the tofu cubes. Let the tofu cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. 
  4. While the tofu is cooking, prepare the sauce by mixing the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
  5. Once the tofu is crispy on all sides, lower the heat to low and pour the sauce, sesame seeds and remaining green onions into the pan
  6. Mix together until the tofu is evenly coated and served. 
  1. Serve immediately. Optionally top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. 


Store leftovers in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 

Prepare a pot of rice before you start cooking the tofu so you’ll have rice ready to go when the tofu is cooked.

Add any vegetables you love to this Crispy Stir-Fried Sesame Tofu to make it more veggie-packed.

It’s best to use a non-stick pan for this recipe. Tofu can sometimes stick to a pan when cooking, so a non-stick pan will make things easier!


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of the reicpe
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 12g

Keywords: sesame tofu, pan-fried tofu with sesame