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Sesame Tofu (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free)


“Sesame Tofu” is not a traditional Japanese dish. I have never had “Sesame Tofu” in Japan. When I had “Sesame Tofu” at a Chinese restaurant in the U.S., I was amazed at how delicious it was! So I tried to cook it myself.

This sesame tofu recipe is perfect! It is not too sweet and not too greasy, so it is in keeping with my dishes. It is a gluten-free and vegan dish! Delicious!! In addition, tofu has a lot of nutrition. As you know, tofu is high in great protein so it is often used as a meat substitute for vegans and vegetarians. Also tofu itself is low calorie (33 kcal / 2 oz.) so it is good food for people who care about their diet.

In this recipe 7 ounces (1/2 pack) of tofu can serve 2 people. You may think it is too small an amount compared to many Chinese restaurants in the U.S. In Japan, people traditionally eat many dishes containing soy beans. For a balanced-diet, which I highly recommend on the post You can Eat Anything You Want! But…, I suggest eating 1/4 pack of tofu every day depending on your other protein sources. If you make this recipe as a main dish, you might want to add some small side dishes to your meal.

The recipe is easy. We can cook with one pan.

Dry tofu and dredge in corn starch.

Cook and season.


Ingredients (servings 2)
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7 oz. (½ pack) Firm Tofu

¼ cup Corn Starch

1 Tbsp. Pure Sesame Oil

2 Tbsp. Cooking Sake

1 Tbsp. Sugar

2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

1 Tbsp. Mirin Sweet Cooking Rice Wine

1 Tbsp. White Roasted Sesame Seeds

Some Chopped Green Onion (to taste)


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF:Sesame-Tofu


Author: fravitch

We have two blogs: One is a recipe blog "Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food". Another is about my husband's book "Accidental Samurai".

38 thoughts on “Sesame Tofu (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free)

  1. That sounds like an easy and delicious dinner idea 😀 I’ll be sure to give it a try when I get my hands on some tofu again 🙂

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  2. Looks very appetizing ! Simple and tasty recipe!

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  3. Good to learn how to make this wonderfully looking tofu!

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  4. Wow I could sure eat some of that!


  5. This is one of my favourite recipes! You make it look so simple to make, I’ve always wanted to know how to cook this dish 😀 Thank you! Would it be ok if I share this via reblog?

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    • Thank you for the comment!! I am glad you get this recipe and may cook your favorite sesame tofu 🙂 This crunchy delicious tofu will make you happy I hope!!
      I am happy if you share my blog!! Thank you 🙂

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      • I can’t wait to cook this! I’m sure it will make me very happy. I order it every time I am in a restaurant which makes it, but have never been able to figure it out on my own. Thank you, for solving that problem 😀
        Thank you for letting me share, I know people are going to love this!

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      • I love to eat sesame tofu in a restaurant too!! But it is a little bit greasy and sweet to me so I made the recipe to suit my taste buds 🙂 Please ask me if you have any questions for cooking.


  6. Thanks for the like on Messy Kitchen Happy Belly. I’m loving your site! I love Japanese cooking and ingredients, looking forward to trying these!

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  7. Gluten free Japanese food. Awesome! My wife is Japanese/Brazilian, and I have Celiac disease. Eating out at Japanese or Asian places is so hard. To get her fix she sometimes has to go with friends and leave me home.

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    • Thank you for the comment! I understand many Japanese and Asian restaurants use ingredients including gluten. I use corn starch in this recipe, which makes tofu very crunchy. So delicious 🙂
      Soy beans products are safe for you!? If so, there are a lot of GF dishes in homemade Japanese diet. If you want Japanese GF recipes, please check here
      As you know, please use gluten free soy sauce. And compound Mirin and Miso paste may also have gluten. Please choose GF Mirin and GF Miso paste if you need.

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  8. Reblogged this on lifexperimentblog and commented:
    Hello 🙂 I HAD to share this awesome recipe for sesame tofu from This is my all-time favourite dish to order when I find myself in a restaurant that makes it, and I have been searching high and low for the perfect recipe that is simple enough for me to follow. I found it here! WAAHHOOOO!! Thank you to this lovely blogger who has allowed me to share this recipe. I look forward to making it on the regular! 🙂


  9. I’ll have to try this sometime! 😍

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  10. We love tofu and I am always looking for new recipes – thanks! 🙂

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  11. Wow! That looks amazing! I’m drooling right now. Looks like I’m gonna have to make a stop at the grocery store before we go home. We have to drive at least an hour to go shopping, so I’ve got to make it worth my while. By the way, thanks for stopping by our blog today, it was great to see you!

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  12. I love this recipe. We eat tofu regularly and I am always looking for a new recipe. Bon Appetit Virginia

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  13. This looks amazing and not hard to make! I will definitely be trying this recipe! Thanks!!! 🙂

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  15. I love to see this! I have been looking for an easy and quick recipe. Love how you show and share your culture. Greetings from Florida!

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