tofu with a sweet tamari sauce

27th June 2009


This is one of my favourite tofu dishes.  It was introduced to me by my dear friends and neighbours, Anna and Leon.  This dish is even better when you make your own tofu which involves the process of soaking, blending, and cooking soybeans and mixing them with a natural solidifier (nigari or lemon juice).

tofu with a sweet tamari sauce


1 block of TOFU, cut into 4cm squares

½ cup whole-spelt flour

1 Tbsp each white & black sesame seeds

peanut oil for frying


¼ cup tamari

4 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger

2 Tbsp mirin

2 – 4  Tbsp maple syrup




1.  Prepare the sauce, pour the sauce ingredients into a small saucepan and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes -set aside.

2.  Prepare the tofu, combine the flour and sesame seeds together in a plastic bag. In stages, place the tofu into the bag and shake to evenly cover in flour mixture. Any leftover flour can be kept in the plastic bag and stored in the freezer to be used next time.

3.  Heat a deep skillet and just cover with a little oil.  Don’t use too much. When the oil is hot, add the tofu, leaving a space in between. This may have to be done in two stages. Turn over, and when golden, remove and place on a paper towel.

4.  When ready to serve, place tofu in a serving dish and pour over a little of the sauce. Leave the remainder to use as a side serving.

The sauce is delicious served with a mixture of mashed potato and sweet potato, a green salad and brown rice.


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