Sesame Butter Tofu

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This Sesame Butter Tofu just might be your new favorite tofu recipe with a mouthwatering sesame butter sauce. The sauce is a savory blend of soy sauce, tahini, a hint of butter, and garlic and ginger.

  • Easy – The sauce comes together in no-time! Simply pan-fry your tofu then caramelize the tofu with the sauce.
  • Flavorful – The sesame butter sauce is absolutely delicious! It’s rich and creamy with a little nutty flavor.
  • Healthy
  • Vegan, dairy-free, & gluten-free

You will also love

  • Tofu lovers need to try out my super popular miso tofu with a flavorful miso marinade!
  • If you love that sesame flavor, try out my insanely delicious sesame ginger chickpeas.
  • If you like peanut butter, try out my peanut tofu stir fry! It’s one of my favorite recipes since I went plant-based 7 years ago.


  • Extra firm tofu – This will create the best textured tofu.
  • Sesame oil – This will be used to pan-fry the tofu
  • Tahini – Add more creamy, sesame flavor.
  • Garlic & ginger – Use fresh, if possible.
  • Melted vegan butter – You only need a small amount of vegan butter (I used Country Crock’s plant butter). A little goes a long way in flavor-boosting this recipe.

See recipe card for full ingredient list and quantities.

How to Make Sesame Butter Tofu

Step 1: Press and drain your tofu. Cut into cubes (or whatever size you like).

Step 2: In a medium or large pan, warm sesame oil over medium heat. Add tofu cubes and cook until golden brown to your liking.

Step 3: While the tofu is cooking, mix together your marinade sauce in a small bowl.

Step 4: Turn the heat down to low. Pour sauce over the tofu and combine. Warm tofu with sauce for a few minutes then serve!

How to Store Leftovers

Store this sesame butter tofu in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

What to Serve with Sesame Tofu

  • Serve with white or brown rice (or another grain you like!)
  • Add some stirfried veggies on the side or make some roasted veggies (like broccoli & zucchini)
  • This sesame butter tofu is great in pasta like my miso peanut noodles.
  • For a healthy lunch, add the tofu on top of a salad like my Spring Mix salad or mixed into the a refreshing quinoa salad.

Can I make this tofu in the air fryer?

Yes, that is a great oil-free option. Air fry at 400 F for 12-15 minutes or until golden to your liking.

What can I use instead of tahini?

You can use peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. The flavor will be slightly different, but still delicious!

Pro Tips ✔️

  • Pan-fry vs. bake vs. air fry – If you prefer a healthier alternative, you can bake your tofu for 20-25 minutes at 400F or air fry for 12-15 minutes. FYI – pan-frying will taste the best and only requires ~1 tbsp of sesame oil (and contributes to the sesame butter taste!) but the oil-free options will also be amazing!

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Sesame Butter Tofu

Allie Petersen
There's nothing better than this mouthwatering sesame butter tofu with a simple marinade sauce that is pan-fried with golden brown tofu.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Lunch, Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 226 kcal


Sesame Butter Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon melted vegan butter (salted)
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons tahini sesame seed paste
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger or ginger pase
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds for garnish
  • Chopped green onions for garnish
  • Cooked rice or noodles for serving
  • Cooked broccoli and/or red pepper for serving


  • Cut your pressed tofu into cubes or slices.
    14 oz block extra firm tofu
  • Warm some sesame in a medium or large pan on medium heat. Add tofu cubes and pan-fry until golden brown to your liking. (This will take ~ 10 minutes).
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • While the tofu cooks, you can prepare the simple sesame butter sauce. Whisk together the sauce in a small bowl.
    1 tablespoon melted vegan butter, 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoons tahini, 2 tsp maple syrup, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • Once the tofu is golden, turn the heat down to low and let it cool for a minute. Add the sauce and stir until combined. Warm the tofu for a few minutes then serve over rice or noodles with veggies .
    Optional: sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion.


Calories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 13gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 621mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 2mg
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