Ginger Sesame Tofu (Easy + Gluten-Free)

January 10, 2020


By: Chris Petrellese 

If anyone tells you that tofu is bland, they’ve never had this Ginger Sesame Tofu. Full of flavor, and super simple to make, this is may just be your new favorite way to prepare this soy-based protein.

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If you have a few minutes to spare, this Ginger Sesame Tofu is the perfect protein to add any meal. Whether, it’s a salad, sandwich, wrap, pasta, stir-fry, you-name-it, this recipe is the perfect complement.

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This Ginger Sesame Tofu is also perfect for meal prepping if that’s your thing. You can make it in bulk and have it prepped and ready to go in the fridge when throwing together a quick meal. We added this tofu to the stir-fry recipe we just put out, and it was perfect.

Over head image of uncooked sesame ginger tofu in cast iron skillet.

What’s your favorite way to prepare tofu? The options are endless. We have a bunch of tofu-centric recipes that we know you’re going to love.

If you are allergic to soy, or you’re trying to avoid it, fear not! We have some other protein-packed recipes that soy-free.

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Make sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of our recipes, we love to see your photos!

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overhead ginger sesame tofu in cast iron skillet

Ginger Sesame Tofu (Easy + Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


If anyone tells you that tofu is bland, then they’ve never had this Ginger Sesame Tofu. This recipe is full of flavor and easy to make. This may just be your new favorite way to prepare this soy-based protein!


  • 1 block extra firm tofu, pressed
  • 4.5 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic 
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger


  1. Press tofu. If you’re not sure how to do this, click here for our easy guide to pressing tofu.  
  2. Once the tofu is pressed, cut it into cubes, strips, or triangles based on your preference. 
  3. In a sealable container, or zip-lock bag (we use reusable Stasher Bags), add in all of the ingredients except for the tofu and mix until uniform.
  4. Once mixed, add in the tofu, mix or shake until the tofu is well coated. Allow the tofu to marinate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  5. Add the marinated tofu and the remainder of the marinade to a cast-iron or non-stick pan and cook on medium-low heat until all of the liquid cooks down, rotating tofu as needed to brown all of the sides evenly. This should take about 8-10 minutes.  If your pan is not non stick, we suggest adding in 1 tablespoon of cooking oil.
  6. Remove from heat and allow the tofu to cool befopre serving. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

Disclaimer: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional’s advice. This page may contain affiliate links, which simply means that we earn a commission if you purchase through those links, but your price remains the same. Thank you for supporting Sweet Simple Vegan!

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  1. Amy Lerner says:

    The recipes reads “ 1 t. fresh minced ginger (or”

    Or what?

  2. Allie says:

    One of my go-to tofu recipes! So easy, not too many ingredients in the marinade, not a ton of oil, and tastes great! I add sesame seeds to mine, once they’re done cooking. Great for meal prep.

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