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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