In the April 1998 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine there was a recipe for Sesame Asparagus and Tofu. I ripped it out, cooked it a hundred times in the twenty years since, and still have the clipping. My technique has evolved a bit, and I like to use the seeded tofu component on (and in) all sort of things – grain bowls, wraps, or to top a plate of grilled vegetables. But, it’s also perfect paired simply with boiled (or grilled!) asparagus or broccoli, or served over blanched green beans, as pictured here. A smear of favorite chile oil, or a shower of sliced scallions seals the deal.
A couple of tips! Be sure to use extra-firm tofu. Also, play around a bit. I call for sesame seeds here, but like to add hemp seeds to the mix on occasion as well.
12 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and pat dry
2 tablespoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
4 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Pat the tofu dry, and slice into 1/2-inch by 1-inch batons. Gently toss the tofu with the soy sauce, and allow to sit for a couple of minutes. Pour the seeds onto a plate. Pick up a tofu baton, dip one side into the seeds, and transfer to a another plate. Repeat with all the tofu batons.
This is one of the few cases where I prefer to use a non-stick pan. Alternately, a very well-seasoned cast iron pan will work. Heat the oil over medium-high heat, and arrange the tofu, seeded side down, in the pan. Cook until golden on the bottoms, 4-5 minutes. Brown the remaining sides, and remove from skillet. Serve as is, or as pictured (over flash-boiled green beans), to top off a rice bowl, or over whatever roasted vegetables you might have going!
Prep time: 5 min – Cook time: 10 min