Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Simple Sauteed Tofu with Crispy Sesame Kale

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I make this dish every week. It's easy, tasty and requires very little prep and cleanup—perfect for a weekday dinner. The tofu requires no pressing or marinating, and can be topped with whatever sauce you're in the mood for. I like it drizzled with a bit of toasted sesame oil and soy sauce or just a side of sriracha. When rinsing the kale during prep, make sure to dry it thoroughly with a kitchen towel before you place it into the oven; otherwise, it will just steam instead of crisping up.

One bunch of kale, stems removed and ripped into small pieces
1-2 TB toasted sesame oil
1 TB sesame seeds
pinch of salt
1 block of tofu, sliced whatever way you like
olive oil

Preheat oven to 275. Line a large cookie sheet with foil and place the well-dried off kale onto the sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with the sesame oil and season with a pinch of salt. Place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.

While the kale is baking, heat a small amount of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Place the tofu pieces into the pan and saute for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip and fry on the other side for about 5 minutes.

Remove the kale from the oven and flip the pieces over. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until well-crisped. Serve immediately with the tofu.


  1. this looks delicious! sesame oil has great flavor!

  2. Thanks Junia! Isn't toasted sesame oil the best?!

  3. Looks great! I love the idea of the sesame with the kale.

  4. Thanks Trina! I'm a huge fan of your blog!

  5. Crispy kale is definitely going places. Did you drain liquid off the tofu before sauteing them?

  6. Thanks Jun! Yes, I drained the liquid off of the tofu and gave it a little squeeze before cutting it into slices. So it will fry crispy on the outside, but will have a nice soft texture on the inside.

  7. Ah, I'm so happy to have stumbled upon your blog! It's giving me so many new ways to prepare tofu. Gracias :)


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