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Sesame Tofu Cutlets
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Sesame Tofu Cutlets

When I ate meat, I would often order sesame chicken from Chinese take out restaurants. It’s sweet, crispy, and full of flavour, but I’ve never found a vegan option, so I’ve adapted the chicken recipe, replacing the bird with tofu!

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • Flour for breading
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • oil for frying


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch dissolved in water


  1. Thinly slice the tofu into finger sized rectangles. In a shallow bowl, mix four and black pepper and lightly coat each tofu piece in flour.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan, and cook each side of the tofu until golden brown.
  3. In a separate pot, bring all other ingredients to a light boil, as soon as it begins to bubble, remove from heat.
  4. Serve over steamed, or fried rice with the sauce drizzled over top, and a sesame seed garnish.


*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Veganara
    Voted. This sounds amazing, I am sure the tofu is just as good as the chicken in this recipe! The sauce sounds sublime. After all, the taste and enjoyment of a meal really lies in its cooking method and flavouring, doesn't it?
  2. Carolyn
    Vote #5 Kristo! How thin does the tofu need to be cut? Are you talking about 1/2 inch thick slices or less?
    1. kristo
      Thanks Carolyn. Yes, roughly 1/2 inch or less. I usually cut my block of tofu in thirds (length wise) before I make the "fingers."
  3. SnakeWitch
    Would cooking the tofu for even just a minute in the sauce make the breading break down? Just wondering as I would have generally done it this way to let the tofu absorb more flavour. Voted! Have a look at my new piece, Easy Steps for Home Made Facial Masks, and tell me if you're manly enough to try!
    1. kristo
      Yeah, the breading does fall off if it gets too wet. It happened to me on the second day :( I will have a look at your new post!
      1. SnakeWitch
        All right. tofu with sauce poured or drizzled over, it is, then! Thanks!
  4. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Oh yum! What a great idea. Voted :) Check out my recipe for Romesco sauce and vote if you like.
    1. kristo
      Thanks! I will have a look at your new post!
  5. Roopam
    Its a good idea to sub tofu in a great recipe...and this one sounds great...tofu with the breading is yummy...voted!


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