I’m always jealous when my husband orders a sesame-crusted non-vegan dish – like salmon. Sesame-crusting is a common way to prepare fish, but I rarely see ‘sesame crusted’ tofu recipes. (Though I see cornmeal crusted tofu often.) So, I took matters into my own hands and created this recipe for Sesame Peanut Crusted Tofu, peanut-dipping sauce on the side.
Crusty Crust. This simple dish combines a few of my favorite flavors: creamy peanut butter, white sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, lime and sweet agave syrup. It’s the perfect blend of sweet peanut flavor with enough garlic-chili spice to wake up your senses.
Tofu Buzz. There are a million ways to prepare tofu. But this is one of my favorites. I love the richness of the peanut sauce combined with the fluffiness of the steamed-sauteed tofu. Serve this tofu over a warm bed of brown rice and steamed veggies or colorful shredded cabbage and you have a healthy, happy meal.
Sesame Peanut Crusted Tofu
vegan, serves two
2 cups diced tofu, extra firm
3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup white sesame seeds
3 Tbsp peanut or olive oil
1 lime, juiced
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp agave syrup
1 tsp red pepper flakes (or cayenne)
2 Tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
3 garlic cloves, grated or chopped
garnish: chopped cilantro and fresh chopped ginger/garlic
In a soup or saute pan:
Add oil, garlic, ginger, peanut butter, agave syrup, lime juice and a pinch of sesame seeds.
Saute on medium-high heat for a minute.
Chop into cubes or thin slices and marinate in 3-4 tbsp soy sauce soy sauce and 2 Tbsp water for five minutes (while you do the first saute above).
Add tofu to pan with the peanut mixture.
Stir/toss well over high heat for a minute to coat tofu.
Turn heat to medium.
Cover pan and allow steam and heat to cook tofu for a few minutes.
Constantly move covered pan around, to preventing burning.
Uncover pan and check for doneness of tofu. It should be fluffy from the steam and cooked through.
If the mixture looks dry, add a Tbsp of water and a tsp of soy sauce and re-cover to steam.
Once the tofu looks fluffy with a few browned edges, turn heat to medium-low.
Sprinkle in red pepper flakes and toss tofu a few times-gently.
Pour in sesame seeds. Allow the seeds to stick to tofu.
Add more or less if necessary to coat about 1/2 of the total surface area of the tofu.
Saute sesame crusted tofu for a few minutes- uncovered.
Sesame seeds should be crusted and lightly toasted.
Serve over a bed of fresh chopped cabbage or on a bed of steamed veggies and brown rice.
Garnish with garlic/ginger/cilantro.
peanut dipping sauce:
Make an extra round of peanut sauce by heating these ingredients in your pan:
4 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 Tbsp lime juice
salt/pepper to taste
Optional: add chopped garlic and/or crushed peanuts for a chunky sauce.
Miso paste is an awesome add if you have it on hand.
*add water to thin the sauce.
I used Vermont Soy Tofu in this dish.