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Tofu Teriyaki

Updated on September 23, 2013

Easy Tofu Teriyaki

Tofu is a versatile ingredient that can be used to create quick and delicious meals. Although I'm not a vegetarian, I don't eat much meat and I usually find myself turning to a bean source for my protein. I have tofu 3-4 times a week mostly due to convenience. However it is also one of the most nutritious protein sources available.

Last week I created this recipe from what I had available in my refrigerator. It turned out surprisingly delicious that I thought I'd share it with you. Not only does it taste good, it's also quick and easy!

*All photos taken by myself unless otherwise noted.

Points to Remember

Make sure to use the firmest tofu you have for this recipe. If you can find deep-fried tofu (aburaage), that works just as well for this recipe.

You Gotta Have Tofu

Mori-Nu Organic Silken Tofu Firm -- 12.3 oz Each / Pack of 2
Mori-Nu Organic Silken Tofu Firm -- 12.3 oz Each / Pack of 2

Firm tofu works best for stir-frying and grilling. This brand seems to do a good job and has a great flavor. If you can find Japanese tofu in your area, that would be best.

 
tofu teriyaki
tofu teriyaki

This is one of my favorite tofu recipes because it's quick and easy as well as being delicious. Add a bowl of steaming rice and a salad or soup and you have a quick and complete meal. The recipe calls for sake but dry sherry or white wine can be used instead.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 20

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 block firm tofu sliced into 4 pieces lengthwise
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sake or dry sherry or white wine
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp garlic grated
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 stalk green onions sliced (optional)
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. In a shallow bowl combine the soy sauce, sake or dry sherry, sugar, ginger and garlic. Marinate the tofu slices for at least 15 minutes.
  2. 2. Take the tofu out of the marinade. Coat the tofu pieces with the flour and pat off the excess.
  3. 3. Slice onions and set aside.
  4. 4. With half the cooking oil saute the onions in a frying pan until translucent. Set aside.
  5. 5. Put oil into frying pan and cook the tofu until nicely browned on both sides. Put the cooked tofu onto plates and keep warm.
  6. 6. Make the sauce by heating the soy sauce mixture in the frying pan. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute. In a small cup, add the cornstarch to the water and mix well. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce and heat over medium heat for one minute stirring constantly.
  7. 7. Add the onions into sauce and mix to combine. Pour the sauce over the tofu. Add sliced green onions and black sesame seeds if desired. Serve warm.
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My Favorite Soy Sauce

Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 33.8 oz
Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 33.8 oz

This is my favorite soy sauce and I have one in my kitchen all year round. It's a necessary staple for Japanese food and will keep for a long time without refrigeration.

 

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Marinate the tofu in soy sauce mixture. I've used deep-fried tofu for this recipe, but firm tofu works perfectly.Cook the tofu until nicely brown on both sides. If you have room, you can sauté the onions on the side while the tofu is cooking as I did.Prepare the sauce, add the cornstarch mixture and add cooked onions.Pour the sauce over the tofu. Sprinkle green onions and sesame seeds and serve.
Marinate the tofu in soy sauce mixture. I've used deep-fried tofu for this recipe, but firm tofu works perfectly.
Marinate the tofu in soy sauce mixture. I've used deep-fried tofu for this recipe, but firm tofu works perfectly.
Cook the tofu until nicely brown on both sides. If you have room, you can sauté the onions on the side while the tofu is cooking as I did.
Cook the tofu until nicely brown on both sides. If you have room, you can sauté the onions on the side while the tofu is cooking as I did.
Prepare the sauce, add the cornstarch mixture and add cooked onions.
Prepare the sauce, add the cornstarch mixture and add cooked onions.
Pour the sauce over the tofu. Sprinkle green onions and sesame seeds and serve.
Pour the sauce over the tofu. Sprinkle green onions and sesame seeds and serve.

Sesame Seeds

Spicely Organic Sesame Seeds Black - Glass Jar - Gluten Free - Non Gmo - Vegan - Kosher
Spicely Organic Sesame Seeds Black - Glass Jar - Gluten Free - Non Gmo - Vegan - Kosher

I like to use black sesame seeds to dress foods. Besides adding some flavor and texture, it gives all your dishes a nutritional boost.

 

Some Extra Tips

tofu steak
tofu steak

The best thing about this recipe is that it lets you use leftover vegetables that you already have. If you have some carrots and peas, use those instead of the onions. Practically any vegetable will work with this sauce.

To make this recipe even easier, you can simply make the sauce and pour it over tofu slices. The warm sauce over the room temperature tofus taste great! Alternatively, you can grill the marinated tofu slices and grill them and omit the sauce. Put them between slices of bread for a healthy and delicious vegetarian sandwich. Experiment with different ingredients and you'll be a tofu fan in no time!

Two Guys That Love Tofu

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    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I enjoy it in Miso soup.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Yeah I keep forgetting about the tofu market in the US. Here in Japan it's very easy to get good quality tofu from reliable sources. Although the cheapest tofu are made from soybeans from the US, the better ones are made with domestic organic soybeans.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Not so much since all the GMO business took over the soybean market, but I'm guessing there's nonGMOI tofu I can find and then I'll be sure to follow your directions and use it.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Elaine Chen: Let me know how it turns out.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      thanks for sharing your Tofu Teriyaki Recipe and the meal looks delicious; let me try to cook this weekend :-)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Tofu is the perfect alternative to meat Minoru

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      If I were not allowed to eat meat.... tofu would make me happy.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Johanna Eisler: Oh yes, arrowroot powder is a great substitute for cornstarch.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don't - it depends on the recipe. This looks great. The only change I'd have to make is to substitute arrowroot powder for the cornstarch. My husband cannot eat cornstarch because of the sulfite content, but arrowroot powder makes a great substitute!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @yania227: Really? do you have a reason you don't eat it more often?

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      yania227 4 years ago

      I love tofu, but I rarely eat it.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @bender2003: oh yes. Kyoto tofu is the best in my opinion. Love that stuff! So silky, smooth and just delicious.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Oh my, I have got to bookmark this page!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: I hope you like it!

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      bender2003 4 years ago

      I love Kyoto tofu or gyunyu tofu the original Kyoto or Nagoya style ! or Tofu nabe !

      yummm

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for reading!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really should include more tofu, I really do like it, it is simply to make.

      Delicious lens!