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Crispy Sesame Tofu and Broccoli

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In less time than it takes to order and bring home take-out, you can pan-fry tofu until crisp, simmer broccoli florets, and bring them together with a lightly sweet soy and sesame sauce (which is generous enough to spoon over rice). Whether you're cooking vegetarian or gluten-free, or you just want a healthy choice, this one's a keeper for weeknight dinners. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Sara Mellas.


  • 1 pound extra firm tofu (block, or a bit less, depending on package size)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup water (for sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (for sauce)
  • 1/3 cup tamari (gluten-free if you like)
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar (packed)
  • 4 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 2 scallions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (for tofu)
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil (canola, safflower, or grapeseed, for first batch of tofu)
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil (canola, safflower, or grapeseed, for second batch of tofu)
  • 3/4 pound broccoli florets (4-5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup water (for broccoli)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium70% DV1690mg
    Fat32% DV21g
    Protein47% DV24g
    Carbs9% DV26g
    Fiber24% DV6g
    Calories370Calories from Fat190
    Total Fat21g32%
    Saturated Fat2.5g13%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat190
    Total Carbohydrate26g9%
    Dietary Fiber6g24%
    Vitamin A15%
    Vitamin C130%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Linda P. 6 days ago
    Wonderful recipe. I tried tofu once before and it was not to my liking, although it was not prepared well. Chewy, hard like brick tiles. This recipe showed me the basics and was easy to follow and delicious. I will make it again. Look forward to trying other tofu recipes
    Helen Shohat 13 days ago
    This is a great recipe, made it 3 times now and know it by heart already. My son, who said he doesn’t like tofu devoured this and asked for more!
    calyco thomas a month ago
    Better than I expected, even my fussy husband liked it.
    Arlette H. a month ago
    delicious. I'm very pleased with the end results and will make it again.
    Bethany Kern 2 months ago
    YES!!!!!! Tast like take out!
    Moser Bates 2 months ago
    The sauce was yummy. You can adjust sweet/hot/garlic to your taste. My only challenge was my tofu didn't stay crisp...any pointers appreciated. (I followed the recipe's instructions prepping it)
    Ehrlich 3 months ago
    My favorite vegetarian dish ever!
    Kim Spooner 3 months ago
    Add meat or noodles to make a main dish.
    Savory Cooking 4 months ago
    Good flavors and very easy to make. Too sweet for our taste. I made it again adjusting the amount of sugar, and we loved it. Definitely will make it again.
    Fiona 4 months ago
    Really nice, but would use a little less sugar. A bit sweet for my taste
    ZealousSousChef 4 months ago
    Very tasty! I would make it again.
    Michi 4 months ago
    Test good! I will try it again.
    Robert Cavaliere 5 months ago
    Excellent. Stuck to script and turned out well chose to serve on brown rice. A keeper
    Stephanie Martin 5 months ago
    Good! I found it needed a bit more cornstarch.
    Alex 5 months ago
    Delicious! I added bean sprouts too. Very easy to follow along.
    britt 5 months ago
    family loved it. will definitely go a little lighter with the toasted sesame oil though next time. and fry the tofu on high heat to get more of a more crisp; higher heat then you would with a meat (fisrt time cooking tofu for me, so lesson learned)
    Sarah Dibble 6 months ago
    I didn't have sesame oil, and didn't substitute anything for it, and this still came out so good! I did substitute the tamari for a slightly smaller amount of liquid aminos, because that's what I had on hand, and yeah, I will be making this again! I have sesame oil now, so imagine it'll probably be a bit better next time.
    Ishay Y. 6 months ago
    Was great! Made it with more tofu and the sauce was still more than enough.
    Ricky Carter 6 months ago
    Loved it! Made it three times in one week!
    AJ 6 months ago
    amazing! i would definitely make this again!
    Nigel Keelson-Anfu 7 months ago
    Made this recipe 3 times now and I love it! i don't include sugar though.
    Deb 7 months ago
    Flavorful sauce! I should have steamed the broccoli longer, it was a bit too crunchy for my liking.
    Mary 7 months ago
    Was really good! Boyfriend didnt like it had brown sugar in it, since his diet says no sugar. But other than that it was amazing!
    Donna Friedman 7 months ago
    This was delicious! Quick, easy weeknight dinner. Will definitely make this again.
    Kate C. 7 months ago
    Amazing, as per the recipe!! i just keep adding cornstarch until it doesnt get absorbed and its amazing and crunchy!
    Mike Gaskins 8 months ago
    Awesome! Recommend using two pans tho, one for tofu (one batch tofu (not two) using non stick spatula to flip initially, then tongs for those pieces that didn’t quite make it), and the other for the broccoli - just speeds things up a bit. And then using the larger of the two for the sauce step and then combining the tofu and broccoli. Throw the shallots (white ends) in with the sauce, and save chives as topping with sesame seeds. Finally, broccolini is a nice substitute.
    Melanie Wolf 8 months ago
    Oh my god. This is killer! I would totally recommend this to anyone and I'd make it again in a heartbeat! 10/10!
    Linda Johnston 8 months ago
    I really enjoyed this I added rice
    Kay Victoria 8 months ago
    Tasty but i would put more ginger and garlic in the sauce
    Victor Laroche 8 months ago
    Tasty. I added bok choy and served with a side of stir fry noodles.