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Sesame Crusted Tofu

Crispy, chewy tofu so hearty and delicious you won't miss the meat. This tofu is the perfect protein-packed topping for salad or main for dinner. 
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese, Vegan
Servings: 3


  • 1 pound block of tofu
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari if gluten-free
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp flour or gluten-free flour
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt & pepper


Pressed Tofu

  • Place a small bowl upside down inside a bigger bowl.
  • Wrap the tofu in a paper towel and place on top of the small bowl. Place a roughly 1 lb object on top of the tofu (pb jar, can of beans, etc.). This will allow the water the drain out of the tofu. Leave for at least 30 minutes.

Sesame Tofu

  • Mix together soy sauce, maple syrup, lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder in a large bowl. Cut the tofu into cubes and mix into marinade. Let the tofu marinate for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better.
  • Once the tofu has marinated long enough, preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Mix together flour, sesame seeds, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Coat each tofu cube in the flour mixture and place on the lined baking sheet. Make sure the tofu cubes are not touching. Bake for 25 minutes, or until tofu starts to brown.