Sesame & garlic glaze for delicious 15 minute meal
I’ll tell you how to get a sticky sesame and garlic glaze on your tofu. By using sesame oil and crushed garlic as a simple dressing , it adds so much flavour to tofu which can be marinated for 10 minutes.
Tofu – I used extra firm tofu for this recipe as it holds together slightly better when frying on a high heat.
Garlic Cloves- It’s an essential ingredient, I use around 3-4 cloves however you can alter this depending on how strong you like the taste.
Sesame Oil- Using sesame oil will give a really lovely depth of flavour to this which is slightly nutty.
Tamari- I use tamari for any kind of marinade as it has a wonderful umami flavour. You can easily swap this ingredient for soy sauce, tamari is a gluten free option but has a slightly different taste.
Sugar – This is an optional ingredient and not necessary but does offer a lovely sweetness to the dish to work with the garlic which also helps get a sticky glaze
Glaze- When trying to get a good glaze on the tofu, the light brown sugar will really help get a sticky coating.
Size- Cutting the tofu into smaller cubes will help get the surface area crispier quicker.
Heat- Using a high heat will help add lots of crispness to the marinade as it bubbles and caramelises.
Non Stick- Using a non stick pan is really key as it’ll help keep the glaze on the tofu and not stuck to the bottom of a pan. If you don’t have a non-stick pan try adding 1 tbsp sesame oil to the pan to help.
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Sesame and Garlic Glazed Tofu Recipe
15 Minutes from start to finish to create this delicious sesame and garlic tofu noodle bowl. Plant based and simply - perfect for a mid week meal.
For the tofu
- 1 block firm tofu
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 4 tbsp tamari
- 1 tsp light brown sugar optional but helps with the glaze
- 120 g udon noodles sub for ramen or rice noodles
- 1 pak choi
- 1 tbsp tamari
- 4 tenderstem
- 4 spring onions
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
For the tofu
Slice the tofu into 3cm cubes
Mince the garlic then whisk into all the other marinade ingredients in a bowl, add the tofu and leave to marinade for 5 minutes (or you can leave overnight if making it advance)
Fry off the tofu in a non-stick pan on a high and fry for around 5 minutes, tossing to get an even coat
Set the tofu aside and add the halved pak choi to the pan with a dash more tamari and fry until glazed
Meanwhile add the udon noodles to a pot of just boiled water and leave to simmer for around 3-4 minutes with the tenderstem
Drain then transfer into the pan with the tofu, toss in all of the flavours then serve with the chopped spring onions and sesame seeds
Crispy Tofu Noodle Bowl Recipe
This easy crispy tofu noodle recipe has become a weekly favourite in our home because it’s minimal effort and takes 15 minutes to cook. The peanut sauce can be doubled up if you want to add sauce to the noodles but also works as a marinade. Gone are the days of soggy and crumbly tofu, these tips will help get your tofu crispy.
Useful Tips To Get Crispy Tofu
High heat- The best tip to share is to make sure you have a frying pan or a griddle pan on a high heat using a splash of sesame or peanut oil to help fry. If you have a non stick frying pan even better!
Drain the tofu- Drain the tofu from excess liquid and using a tea towel, muslin cloth or paper towel to soak up the liquid within the tofu. This will help when frying as otherwise it can sit in a puddle of water which adds cooking time.
Marinade the tofu – If you have a little time or you know you want to have this for tea, simply chop the tofu earlier in the day, whisk the sauce ingredients together and allow to marinade the tofu for 30 minutes or even overnight. This really helps the tofu become infused with all of the peanut and chilli flavours from the sauce. If you don’t have time to marinade, don’t worry! Just make sure you have a good non stick pan to help when frying the tofu.
Apply some pressure – By covering the tofu with the grease proof paper or tin foil then adding another frying pan over the top and pressing will work. This adds pressure and traps the heat for the tofu frying. If you apply pressure for around 3 minutes then flip the tofu to fry on the other side.
Firm Pressed Tofu– using firm tofu will work slightly better with this dish as it will hold it’s shape better when frying.
Peanut Butter- Using a smooth, runny and oily peanut butter will really help this dish come together beautifully. If you want to sub out the coconut oil, just double up the peanut butter portion.
Coconut Milk- This helps create a thick creamy sauce to marinate the tofu, however please feel free to substitute this ingredient out if you’d prefer!
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Crispy Peanut Tofu Noodle Bowl
15 minute recipe using a peanut and coconut sauce to marinade the tofu with tips on how to get crispy tofu every time.
- 1 block of firm tofu I used cauldron organic firm tofu
- 150 g dried rice noodles They usually come in dried nests of 1 person serving, so use 2 if so
- 2 stalks Cavolo Nero collared greens or kale will work
For the peanut dressing
- 2 tbsp peanut butter smooth and oily texture
- 100 ml full fat coconut cream
- 1/2 lime squeezed for the juice
- 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 3/4 spring onions to garnish
- 1 tbsp chilli infused oil to drizzle over the noodles
Drain the tofu then chop into 2cm cubes
For the peanut dressing, whisk all of those ingredients together then cover the tofu and set aside for around 20 minutes (don't worry if you don't have time to let it marinade, just coat and use a good non -stick pan to help it fry in all of those delicious flavours)
Place a frying pan on a high heat with the sesame oil and fry for around 5 minutes on each side
Chop the greens and add to the pan with the tofu to fry (you can place a lid on top to sauté if preferred)
Place the rice noodles in a bowl and cover in boiling water and set aside
Drain the water from the noodles then add to the pan with the tofu, then plate up!
Serve with chopped spring onions, a generous drizzle of chilli oil and a slice of fresh lime