This Crispy Teriyaki Tofu is a quick, incredibly flavourful, make ahead dish! It’s WAY better than takeout and perfect for weeknight dinners.

This Teriyaki Tofu is a quick, incredibly flavourful, make ahead dish! It's WAY better than takeout and perfect for weeknight dinners.

Do you ever have one of those nights where you are just way too tired to make any kind of lengthy dinner? Oh wait, does that happen pretty often? I’m raising my hand too. Just when you’re ready to order takeout or settle for cereal, in steps this Crispy Teriyaki Tofu. Easily marinated from up to two days before, all you need to do is heat it all up in a pot until cooked through straight out of the fridge. Quick, easy and perfect weeknight dinner.

This Teriyaki Tofu is a quick, incredibly flavourful, make ahead dish! It's WAY better than takeout and perfect for weeknight dinners.

Tofu is an ingredient that I love to experiment with. I always ensure that I get GMO-free, extra-firm silky tofu when I’m making dinner recipes. It’s great for absorbing flavours, it’s sturdy in a pot, and tastes great. Tofu is great for adding protein to a dish and also pretty affordable. I always recommend pressing tofu to remove the water from it to get the best quality tofu for your dish.

This Teriyaki Tofu is a quick, incredibly flavourful, make ahead dish! It's WAY better than takeout and perfect for weeknight dinners.

My favourite part about this dish is the flavour profile from the Teriyaki Tofu marinade. I’m talking soy sauce or liquid aminos, crushed red peppers, raw unrefined sugar, ginger and rice wine vinegar. Add the teriyaki to the mix and you can marinade it for at least 20 minutes, and up to 2 days. This means you can meal prep on a Sunday night, then on Monday you can come home to a delicious, quick home cooked meal that matches up perfectly to your favourite takeout dish.

This Teriyaki Tofu is a quick, incredibly flavourful, make ahead dish! It's WAY better than takeout and perfect for weeknight dinners.

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Crispy Teriyaki Tofu

Preparation 35 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 4     adjust servings

This Teriyaki Tofu is a quick, incredibly flavourful, make ahead dish! It's WAY better than takeout and perfect for weeknight dinners.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil or stir-fry oil, for pan-frying tofu only
  • 1 12.3 ounces block pressed extra-firm tofu, cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce/liquid aminos
  • 2 tablespoons raw unrefined brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil or stir-fry oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil or stir-fry oil, for pan-frying tofu after marinaded

Instructions

  1. In a pan over high heat, heat 2 teaspoons of the sesame oil or stir-fry oil.
  2. Add the tofu and sear on all sides, cooking for about 5 minutes until all sides are crispy. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients: soy sauce/liquid aminos, raw unrefined brown sugar, cornstarch, ground ginger, only 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar and only 1 teaspoon sesame oil or stir fry oil.
  4. Add the marinade and tofu in a zipped plastic bag, shake together and marinade for at least 30 minutes on the counter, but preferable overnight in the fridge. You can leave the tofu in the marinade for at least 2 days in your fridge to prepare ahead of time.
  5. In a pan over medium high heat, heat the last 2 teaspoons of sesame oil or stir-fry oil. Add the tofu and marinade into the pan. Heat the tofu until hot and cooked through, about 10 minutes, and until sauce begins to thicken up, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  6. Sprinkle the remainder sesame seeds over the tofu and serve with hot rice. Enjoy!

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17 comments

  1. We love having tofu like this, especially in wraps with some Asian slaw.

  2. I love tofu dishes! I have yet to try teriyaki so I know I’ll be trying this soon!

  3. Eliza says:

    Made the sticky sesame cualiflower wings and they were delicious. Used canola spray on parchment paper. Still burned toward the end of cooking but they were good. Would recommend this one.

  4. Yes yes – there are days where I am definitely too tired for anything fussy! This tofu looks and sounds fantastic!

  5. Isn’t teriyaki amazing?!! This looks totally yum.

  6. Mm, talk liquid aminos to me. This tofu looks so good! I am not a tofu person but clearly i need to make some changes in my life 🙂

  7. This looks heavenly!

  8. Kelly says:

    This looks SO delicious, Jessica! I love tofu and easy and quick meals are a favorite around here 🙂

  9. Samantha says:

    Oh i feel the same way! Sometimes too often on weeknights and don’t get me started on the weekends. I feel I’m all into cooking a delicious and involved meal when i wake up but then the day turns into night and i turn into my track pants and hoodie and I’m done! But this looks delicious! I love using tempeh, I’m new to using it and this looks like a great recipe for me to try, thanks for sharing! x

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Samantha and you’re so welcome! Haha yes so true!

  10. Ailene says:

    So glad I found this recipe! Very tasty and easy to make. Bookmarking for future reference! I used tamari instead of soy and added broccoli. Next time I might try it with noodles! Thanks!

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