Recipe: Pan Seared Tofu

Last updated: May 4, 2021, at 9:40 a.m. PT

Originally published: May 4, 2021, at 9:40 a.m. PT

Pan seared cubed tofu with sesame seeds in a white bowl


This can be used in a number of different dishes but is particularly tasty with Saucy Peanut Noodle Salad.


  • 1 (14 oz) block extra firm tofu, drained
  • ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic paste
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 avocado oil


  1. Wrap tofu in clean kitchen towels and place in a shallow dish. Top with a cutting board and a clean skillet or other heavy object to press the water out of the tofu for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Pat dry and cut tofu into bite sized cubes.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the tamari, vinegar, chili paste, lime juice, sesame oil and maple syrup.
  4. Add tofu cubes to marinade and toss to coat and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Heat avocado oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
  6. Drain the marinade and add tofu to hot oil, tossing in the oil.
  7. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes or so until the tofu is browned in spots.
  8. Serve immediately or store in the fridge to eat later.
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