CRUSTED SESAME TOFU, BRINGING JOY WITH EVERY BITE
The secret to creating tasty sesame-crusted tofu is revealed on today’s #LunchBreakLIVE with The VeganAbler, vegan chef Kelly Kerr, who’s connecting chefs worldwide to Climate Healers’ Food Healers’ Solutionaires Project, who’ll be creating this savory, satisfying plant-based dish for us. Let’s see how the magic happens…
Kelly Kerr, aka The VeganAbler, is a plant-based chef and vegan facilitator, supporting those on their vegan journey! A lifestyle coach, offering various services, from shopping support to virtual cooking classes, to families and businesses. Kelly is the founder of The VeganAbler Collective, a network of food solutionaries, connecting chefs, coaches, and businesses worldwide to Climate Healers’ Food Healers’ Solutionaires Project.
CRUSTED SESAME TOFU. YOU’LL LOVE IT!
Looking to bring a bang to your tofu game? This sesame tofu, crusted to perfection, will impress anyone you share it with. It comes with a delicious dipping sauce as well, and who doesn’t love dipping! Every bite brings a burst of flavor with a subtle crunch and texture that will make your tastebuds dance. It’s super easy to make, so go ahead and give it a try!
sesame crusted tofu
- 16 ounces extra firm tofu drained & pressed
- 3 Tbsp tamari or you can sub with liquid aminos/soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame seed oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 5 Tbsp cornstarch can substitute with flour
- 5 Tbsp aquafaba liquid from a can of chickpeas
- 3 Tbsp Panko bread crumbs
- 4 Tbsp black sesame seeds
- 6 Tbsp white sesame seeds
- 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Dipping Sauce:
- 4 Tbsp lime juice freshly squeezed is preferred or from bottle if unable to obtain limes
- 2 Tbsp tamari can also substitute with liquid aminos or soy sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup can substitute with agave or other liquid sweetener
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ tsp red chili pepper flakes
- 1/8 tsp sesame seed oil
- 2 Tbsp green onion chopped
- 2-3 Tbsp neutral oil
- Slice the tofu into ½-inch thick pieces. You should get between 6-9 pieces, depending on the shape of tofu you bought. Arrange the tofu in a shallow dish or container, spreading them approximately an inch apart.
- Prepare the marinade in a bowl. Whisk together the tamari, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and garlic. Pour the marinade over the tofu. Put in the fridge and allow it to marinate for 60-90 minutes. Flip the tofu 2-3 times to ensure the marinade is being absorbed on all sides.
- While the tofu is marinating in the fridge, prepare the dipping sauce. Combine the lime juice, tamari, sweetener, garlic, green onion, sesame seed oil, and red chili flakes. Whisk well to combine. Put marinade in the fridge to chill. After it has marinated for 30 minutes, taste and adjust any ingredients as desired.
- Prepare the breading station. You will need three shallow bowls. In the first bowl, combine corn starch, nutritional yeast, salt & pepper. In the second bowl, place the aquafaba. In the third bowl, combine panko bread crumbs and both sesame seeds.
- Once marinated, remove tofu from the fridge.
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat.
- Take a piece of tofu from the marinade, shaking off any excess liquid, and press it into the cornstarch (or flour), and completely coat tofu piece. Dip it into the aquafaba, wetting all sides, and let the excess drip off. Lastly, press the tofu into the panko breadcrumbs & sesame seeds, pressing gently but firmly to coat tofu completely on all sides. Repeat the process on remaining pieces of tofu.
- Once the oil is hot, place the pieces of tofu in the pan, leaving 1/2 inch or so between each piece. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until the breading is crispy and golden brown.
- Place the tofu pieces on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
- Serve with dipping sauce, a side of rice and veggie of choice!
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY FOR LUNCH!
Tofu is a staple in my diet, so it’s great to learn a new easy, and tasty recipe. This crusted sesame tofu looks perfect and oh so delicious. I hope you give it a try. If you do, take a photo and tag @JaneUnChainedNews on Instagram. Let us know how you liked it here by leaving a comment. If you are looking for more yummy vegan recipes to try, be sure to stop by the #LunchBreakLIVE page where we have a ton to choose from. Until next time…keep cookin’!