Korean Sesame-Crusted Tofu

There are many ways to prepare tofu and this Korean sesame-crusted tofu recipe is a delicious method to enjoy a protein-packed vegetarian meal.

 Korean Sesame-Crusted Tofu

Korean Sesame-Crusted Tofu Ingredients

4 Servings

16 oz. extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
4 tsp. toasted sesame oil, divided
1 lb. bok choy, coarsely chopped (4 cups)
1 medium bell pepper, any color, sliced
1 medium zucchini, diced
8 green onions, thinly sliced (1⁄2 cup)
6 cloves garlic, minced (2 Tbsp.)
2 bird’s eye chiles or other small chile peppers, seeded and minced
2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
Brown rice, optional for serving
Kimchee, optional for serving

Method of Preparation

1. Press tofu by placing the block between 2 dishtowels, put a cutting board on top and then place something heavy like a cast-iron skillet or canned goods on the cutting board; anything that will press out moisture for 15-30 minutes if time allows.

2. Cut tofu into bite-size cubes.

3. Add sesame seeds to a small bowl and add tofu, toss to coat.

4. Heat 2 tsp. oil in wok or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu, and sauté 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Put tofu on a plate and set aside.

5. Heat remaining 2 tsp. oil in wok over high heat. Add bok choy and bell pepper; stir-fry 4 minutes.

6. Stir in zucchini, green onions, garlic, and chiles; stir-fry 2 minutes more.

7. Stir in soy sauce, then fold in tofu.

8. Serve with brown rice and kimchee if using.

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 230
Fat: 14g
Sodium: 440mg
Carbohydrates: 14g
Protein: 18g

This Korean sesame-crusted tofu recipe is adapted from Vegetarian Times and curated by our culinary medicine team. Find more healthy recipes here or browse our Pinterest boards.

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