Thursday, 16 September 2010

Sesame Tofu with spinach

Its been a long day, so all I have the energy to do is share with you a recipe. If your organised, its pretty easy to put together after work.
Sesame Tofu with spinach
Serves 2
300g tofu or thereabouts
40g sesame seeds
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
A few drops of hot pepper sauce
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
Enough spinach for two people, rinsed
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice the block of tofu length ways into 4 slabs. The slice the slabs in half to make 8 roughly square pieces. Spread the sesame seeds on a plate. Press all of the surfaces of each tofu square into the sesame seeds to coat evenly.
Heat the sesame oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Arrange the tofu squares in a single layer in the pan and cook for 5 minutes. With a spatula carefully turn them over and cook for about 5 minutes on the other side. Add the soy and hot pepper sauce, turn the tofu squares over, and cook for another minute, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Transfer the tofu squares to a plate.
Add the oil and the garlic to the pan and sauté for about 30 seconds, until golden. Add the rinsed spinach and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly, until wilted but still bright green. Season with salt and pepper. Place the spinach on a platter and top with the tofu.
Serve with rice, soba noodles or orzo. Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers.


  1. I never would have thought to put spinach with sesame tofu, but it looks delicious! When I think of sesame tofu, I think of something sticky-sweet from Chinese takeout. This looks great and unlike what I was expecting from your title.

  2. I'm not a huge tofu person, but I've had it fried and it was tolerable. I love sesame seeds, I will certainly give it a go.

    You're so awesome and healthy, it's really inspiring.

  3. This looks yummy and healthy!

    Visiting from

  4. You sesame tofu looks really wonderful. I love the fact that you used LOTS of sesame.

  5. This looks good. Definitely making this this weekend.

  6. Yum - and so simple. Reminds me a little of spinach gomae - are you familiar? Basically, you steam spinach, then run it under cold water and squeeze it out as much as you can. Then, distribute on a plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds crushed with soy sauce and a bit of sugar. It's so good!

  7. Thank you Jessica.
    I'm like you when I saw the title of the recipe, I also assumed it would be sweet and sticky, but its not and quite nice to eat.

    Thanks for your comment Chilean Woman.
    Oh I wish I could say I was healthy, hardly - have you seen the amount of sweet things I eat?! :D

    Cooked like this my husband will eat tofu, otherwise he would be happy to pass. The tofu absorbs the flavours of the sauce too, changes the flavour. If you make it, I hope you like it.

    Thank you Alissa.

    Thank you Indie.Tea.
    The sesame seeds were good, just got stuck in between the teeth.

    Oh Emma,
    I really hope you like it.

    Hi there Monica.
    I have to admit - nope, ive nver heard of spinach gomae. So thanks for introducing me to it. It does sound good!

    Thank you Alison said...
    such a healthy dish.

  8. It's too funny! Yesterday we ate a dish that looks the same! Tofu with spinach with a sauce, served on basmati rice!
    Yours looks absolutely yummy!

    Have a nice we!

  9. I think I just figured out what to do with the tofu I just bought (first time I have ever bought tofu. :)

  10. spécialiste de l'éphémère.
    All I can is we think alike when it comes to dinner. I do like hte look of yours too as it muchmore moist!
    You have a lovely weekend too.

    Thank you Kateri.
    I hope the dish turns out okay for you. This perhaps is not the best dish to make if its the first time your having tofu, but I do hope you like the flavours :)

  11. I use tofu in replace of croutons in salad. I cut up the tofu in cubes. Pour cornmeal and crushed red pepper on a plate. Sometimes I add garlic salt, sometimes not. Cover the tofu with the cornmeal mixture. Heat olive oil in a pan. Cook the tofu in it. It's crispy like croutons, but much healthier.

  12. Alissa.
    The tofu croutons sound really good. I'll keep them in mind for a future salad recipe. Thank you so much for sharing.


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