Crispy Sesame Garlic Tofu with Vegetables

Crispy Sesame Garlic Tofu with Vegetables

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Here is an easy and delicious baked tofu recipe that also happens to be gluten-free. Crispy Sesame Garlic Tofu tossed with tender vegetables in a flavorful and comforting sauce served over rice, can it get any better than that?


  • 1 block firm or extra-firm organic tofu (16 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 broccoli stalk, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 small red pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (optional)
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Start by draining the tofu. Slice the block of tofu lengthwise into two pieces. Put the tofu pieces between two dish towels or paper towels. Place something heavy on top to drain the tofu. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Cut the tofu into bite-size pieces toss with cornstarch and a pinch of salt. It is helpful to use a plastic bag. Simply add the cornstarch and salt to the bag along with the tofu bites, close and shake. 
  • Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the tofu bites and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • While the tofu is baking, prepare the broccoli by cutting it into bite-size pieces. Slice the onion and red pepper. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, prepare the sauce by adding water, Bragg Liquid Aminos, maple syrup, cornstarch, garlic, crushed red pepper, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and stir to combine. It is helpful to stir again right before adding the sauce to the saucepan as cornstarch can settle in the bottom.
  • If you have raw sesame seeds only, toast them in a dry skillet on medium heat. This will take a few minutes. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, sauté onion in oil (or water if you prefer). Sauté for a minute before adding broccoli and red pepper. Sauté for an additional couple of minutes. If the pan seems dry, add a splash of water.
  • Quickly stir the sauce and add it to the saucepan. Next, add the baked crispy tofu bites. Toss in the sauce.
  • Stir continually until the sauce thickens.
  • It is now ready to serve. Serve over rice.
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