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Sesame Tofu

This 35 minute Sesame Tofu is made simple with crispy, oven-baked tofu and a homemade sweet and savory sesame sauce. Vegan, Gluten-Free.
Course Main, Side
Cuisine American, Chinese, Japanese
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword sesame tofu, sesame tofu recipe, vegan takeout recipes, vegan tofu recipes
Method Oven, Stovetop
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 323kcal
Author Caitlin Shoemaker


For the Crispy Tofu:

  • 2 14-ounce blocks extra firm tofu pressed
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

For the Sesame Sauce:

  • 8 green onions divided and cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 3-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • To serve optional: cooked rice, steamed vegetables, etc.


  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Tear the tofu into bite-sized chunks for a more meat-like shape and texture, or cut into small cubes.
  • Tofu: Add the tofu to a medium bowl and add in the oil and tamari. Toss with a spatula until evenly coated, then sprinkle the cornstarch on top and toss again. Transfer to a baking sheet and spread out the tofu pieces so they aren’t touching. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 30 minutes, flipping the tofu halfway through.
  • Sauce: In the meantime, whisk the hoisin sauce, vinegar, tamari, cornstarch, and water together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Stir-Fry: Warm the oil in a large sauté pan, large skillet, or wok over medium heat, then fry the white parts of the green onion and the garlic for 1 minute. Pour the hoisin sauce mixture over the aromatics and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Add the crispy tofu and sesame seeds; stir into the sauce. Finally, turn the heat off and stir in the toasted sesame oil and remaining green parts of the green onion.
  • Serve: Serve over rice and vegetables, or as desired. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • Gluten-Free: Use a gluten-free hoisin sauce (some contain wheat) and tamari or gluten-free soy sauce to make this recipe gluten-free


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 3mg