04Sesame Crusted Tofu

Sesame Crusted Tofu With Peppers And Onions In A Spicy Peanut Sauce

Tofu.  Do you love it or hate it?  I like it, but only if it’s deep fried.  Um, if it’s fried who wouldn’t love it I suppose?  Of course, I pick the most unhealthy way to love it, until now.  Guess what?  I’ve found a tofu recipe that I can’t get enough of and they are not deep fried!  Interested?

These sesame crusted tofu cubes are paired with peppers and onions and coated in a spicy peanut sauce.

15Sesame Crusted Tofu

Sesame Crusted Tofu With Peppers And Onions In A Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe
(About 4 servings)

Ingredients for Spicy Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated

Ingredients For Pepper And Onions:

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 medium size onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Ingredients For Sesame Crusted Tofu:

  • 1 package (14 ounce) firm tofu
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked
  • sprinkling of fresh chives, chopped
  • sprinkling of peanuts, chopped

Directions For Spicy Peanut Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, grated garlic, and grated ginger.  (Don’t bother trying to stir it yet.)
  2. Place the bowl in the microwave for 15 seconds to warm it up a little.
  3. Stir the ingredients to combine.

Directions For Pepper And Onions:

  1. In a medium skillet, on Medium heat, heat the oil.
  2. Add in the sliced onions and peppers.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook until tender and slightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Turn the heat down to Low and stir in the spicy peanut sauce.
  4. Leave the vegetables on Low heat while you finish the tofu.

Directions For Sesame Crusted Tofu:

  1. Slice the tofu into half inch slices.
  2. On a cooling rack, place a layer of paper towels.  In a single layer, place the slices of tofu on top of the paper towel.  Then place a layer of paper towels on top of the tofu.  Put something heavy on top of the paper towels.  (I used a couple of plates.)  When the paper towels are damp, switch them out for dry ones.  Repeat until you’ve removed most of the moisture from the tofu.
  3. Once the tofu is ready, cut the slices into small cubes that are still big enough to handle for coating and manipulating in a pan.  (Roughly 1″ x 1″ x 1/2″ per piece worked for me.)
  4. In a medium skillet, on Medium heat, heat the oil.
  5. In bowl #1, whisk the egg.
  6. In bowl #2, combine the panko bread crumbs and sesame seeds.
  7. Dip the tofu cubes into the egg bowl.
  8. Then dip the tofu cubes into the panko mixture bowl.
  9. Place the tofu cubes into the hot skillet and cook until they are golden brown.  Make sure to arrange the tofu cubes in a single layer and to leave room in the pan for flipping them over on to each side.  I cooked between 5 and 10 at a time.
  10. Transfer the cooked tofu cubes onto a paper towel.

Additional Directions:

  1. Cook the rice according to the directions on the package.
  2. Plate with a layer of rice, then a layer of pepper and onions in the spicy peanut sauce, then a layer of sesame crusted tofu.  Sprinkle chopped chives and peanuts on top.

 

I love working with colorful veggies that don’t cost an arm and a leg.  Thank you, Spring!

01Sesame Crusted Tofu

I love tofu crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside and that’s exactly what you get here.  The panko crumbs and sesame seeds toast up nicely which is sort of a cheater’s way to get tofu crunchy on the outside.

02Sesame Crusted Tofu

Now that we’ve got our crunchy sesame crusted tofu, we need some real flavor for the dish. You know, because I personally think tofu doesn’t have any flavor on its own.  (My husband, a tofu aficionado, points out that tofu tastes exactly like tofu and not like nothing at all.)  How about some peanut sauce?  Even better, how about some SPICY peanut sauce?!  This sauce is amazing.  It’s an awesome combo of peanut butter, ginger, and spiciness.  My husband says the sauce sort of tastes like a Pad Thai sauce.

03Sesame Crusted Tofu

Most kinds of veggies would be a great companion to this spicy peanut sauce, but I used peppers and onions today.  I love the colors because they make this like a festive delicious rainbow but I could totally see this dish being made into a real Pad Thai with just a little scrambled egg and bean sprouts instead.

07Sesame Crusted Tofu

Tofu, in general, tastes best when it’s freshly made.  While you can reheat it, the texture is kind of never the same.  Then again, as I previously mentioned, I have texture issues so maybe it’s just me.     ;)

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Have a happy Monday!

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

Sesame Crusted Tofu adapted from:  Love & Olive Oil

Sesame Crust Tofu With Peppers And Onions In A Spicy Peanut Sauce source:  Tina’s Chic Corner

 

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