Sesame Tofu and Broccoli

by simplylife on December 13, 2012

Do you have that person in your life who is terrified of tofu?  They won’t even touch it with a fork and if you eat it in their presence, they will make squeamish gestures and sounds, and look at you like you’re from another planet.

You know exactly who I’m talking about, right?

Believe it or not, I used to be that person.  While I’ve never been a huge meat-lover, I’ve also never been a vegetarian so filling-up on a nice balanced of mixture of beans, fish, meat and eggs has always satisfied my protein needs.  I always associated tofu-eaters with people who were eating it solely to fill a dietary need and never by choice.

But then I started a food blog, and I began trying one new ingredient after another.  I kept seeing tofu pop-up in the food blogs and magazines I read, and it actually looked good.  I decided to give it a try and realized that I actually like the added texture and heartiness it can provide a dish!

This is actually one of my favorite ways to prepare tofu.  Stir-fried, tossed with veggies and served over warm rice.  My husband actually took a bit longer than me to fully appreciate this adaptable food, and this has definitely become one of his favorite ways to eat it as well!

Sesame Tofu and Broccoli

by Simply Life

Keywords: stir-fry entree vegetarian vegan broccoli tofu Chinese

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  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbs. sesame oil
  • Ginger, to taste
  • 8 oz. extra-firm tofu, cubed
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 bunch broccoli florets
  • 1/2 tbs. sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions, chopped


1. Mix together soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger. Heat large skillet to medium-high meat. Toss cubed tofu in shallow bowl with cornstarch. Shake off excess pieces and set aside. Heat half soy sauce mixture in skillet. Cook tofu, stirring frequently, until blackened and crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

2. Add remaining soy sauce mixture to hot pan. Add onion pepper, garlic and broccoli and cook until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add tofu and toss together with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve with brown rice and enjoy!

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  • Belinda @zomppa

    When done well (like this), tofu can be fantastic!

  • Colleen

    I’ve only attempted tofu once on my own, and it turned out okay. I haven’t really had a desire to try cooking it again, but I sure would love to try some of this dish. 😉

  • The Candid RD

    I’m that person who is TERRIFIED! I’m only terrified because it gives me the WORST gas. Sorry, I know you didn’t want to hear that, but it’s true. I still enjoy looking at and smelling wondering tofu dishes, as I truly WISH I could eat it without the…well…gas, but I can’t. So sad 🙁

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I love me some tofu. Great recipe!

  • Bianca Garcia

    I’ve always loved tofu, and pairing it with broccoli and brown rice is one of my go-to meals!

  • Deepa

    Delicious and lovely combination of broccoli and tofu.

  • AlchemyInTheKitchen

    I’m from the school of squeamish about tofu but tempted by this lovely combination.

  • Colleen

    I love tofu and the way it soaks up the other flavors in a dish, but I know a lot of people who think it’s only for vegetarians who eat it because they have to. This looks like a delicious way to ease into tofu eating!

  • Urvashi Agarwal

    What a healthy and delicious recipe 😀


  • Bakebikeblog Bakebikeblog

    what a tasty looking dish!

  • Hannah

    I adore tofu and sesame seeds, so this is all good to me!

  • Janel Gradowski

    I would like to add tofu to my diet and this sounds like the perfect recipe to do that. I love making rice bowls for my lunch.

  • Kari

    You have no idea how much I now want this. And want it Right Now!

  • Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    I love tofu now, but I had to figure out how to cook it too – the key was in stir fries! This recipe looks so good – I’ll have to add it to my list!

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I loved tofu even before I was a vegetarian and I truly believe that if you just prepare it the right way, anyone can find it delicious! I’m LOVING the sound of this. Totally going to make it to win the.boy. over to the tofu side 😛

  • Kelly

    I’m not real keen on tofu..I’ve tried a few times, and just ehhh. But I don’t mind it so much blended into things. I’m going to try out a healthy eggnog recipe for Christmas day using tofu, so hope that’s good. P.S. I would love if you had a follow by email link or were on Bloglovin – I LOVE your blog, but too often forget to visit! 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Thanks for the suggestion!!! You can follow by RSS feed – but I’ll work on the email/Bloglovin option – let me know if you have any tips, I’m not too computer savvy! 🙂 THANKS!

      • Kelly

        haha, I’m not either! I totally forget how I got the “subscribe by email” button, but Bloglovin was easy enough, just went to and signed up and got the code to put in my sidebar. 🙂

        • Simply Life

          Oh good! I’m glad it worked- I just checked out Bloglovin and found my blog – I’ll keep trying though. I really do appreciate this comment- thanks!

  • yummychunklet

    Vegan, healthy, and delicious!

  • meri

    tofu is probably my least favorite of its kind. I prefer tempeh and seitan or even other soy proteins (like the boca crumbles or veggie burgers) to tofu, I’m not sure why. I always feel like the inside is flavorless regardless of what you cook it in or the outside.

  • Lindsey Anne Vacek

    this looks amazing–it will be dinner tomorrow!

    do you know when you’ll announce the nunaturals winners? 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Oh great- hope you enjoy it! I will be announcing it in the next post!

  • managedmacros

    I’m a tempeh person but will eat tofu on occasion, I would make an exception to this dish! 🙂

  • Emily

    I can definitely relate to being scared of tofu — but when pressed and seared it is SO incredible. Sometimes I’ll even toss it in a little flour for extra crunch in tacos.

  • Mom

    I thought you were describing me 🙂 I don’t even want it near me 🙂 When I see how good this looks visually and I’ve drooled over your pictures in the past before I read the ingredients and saw it was tofu, I might take the tiniest, tinyest bite (I don’t know how to spell this, but I want to emphasize r e a l l y small). That trust on your hubby’s part!!

  • itzyskitchen

    heheh…I’m terrified of cooking tofu at home! I’ve tried …it just never turns out right! This dish looks like absolute perfection.

  • JoJo

    I love tofu. I don’t eat enough of it though because my husband is not a fan. I grew up with it and I can eat it just the way it is with some soysauce and fish flakes on top.. and I’m happy 🙂 My husband might like this recipe though, I’ll give it a try! Do you press your tofu?

    • Simply Life

      I actually don’t! I always buy extra-firm and I’ve tried pressing it before but didn’t really know a difference!

  • Blackswan

    I’m back from vacation. Just dropping to wish u Happy Holidays! xoxo

    • Simply Life

      THanks! you too!

  • nilanjana

    I love those vibrant colors! I want to incorporate more vegetarian dishes into my diet this winter, so I’ll definitely be trying out this one. Thanks!

  • Jolene (

    I love tofu SO much, and can eat it plain. I also adore sesame ANYTHING. This sounds like a fabulous recipe!

  • acook

    I wonder how do you get the tofu blackened and crispy in a soy sauce/sesame oil mixture? Isn’t that too watery too fry at all? When I tried it the tofu came out cooked only. (I am not an experienced cook).

    Besides that the recipy as mouthwatering!

    • Simply Life

      Did you first lightly coat it in cornstarch? I’ve learned that this step is key to getting the crispier outside. I also always use extra-firm tofu so it never seems to be too watery. So sorry if it didn’t come out right- I hope you were able to enjoy it! Thanks for the comment- I’ll be sure to try the recipe again and make any edits- I always appreciate the feedback!

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