One of the simplest ways to prepare tofu is to make tofu steak — and it is delicious. It is lightly crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. This dish shows that tofu doesn’t have to be disguised as something else, or covered up with a bunch of heavy flavors to be delicious. It is also a great way to introduce tofu to children. Here, tofu is lightly coated with flour and then lightly fried in sesame oil with salt and pepper. Top it with your favorite Japanese condiments, like ponzu, daikon radish.

Tofu Steak [Vegan]

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For the Tofu Steak:

  • 1 15-ounce block extra firm tofu (it is fine if your tofu block is slightly smaller or larger)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated or finely minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons sesame oil

For the Toppings:

  • Soy sauce or tamari
  • Ponzu
  • Sambal oelek
  • Grated daikon radish
  • Sliced scallions,
  • Sliced leeks
  • Shichimi togarashi
  • Lemon zest


  1. Drain the tofu and pat it dry with a paper towel. Cut the tofu into four pieces, pat the pieces dry, and let them sit on a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture that remains. Season the tofu on both sides with salt and pepper and then spread each side with the garlic. Lightly coat the slices with the flour.
  2.  Heat the sesame oil in a skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add the tofu, protecting yourself from the hot oil. Cook the tofu until it is crispy and browned, and then flip the pieces over and cook the other side. Set the slices on some paper towels to cool slightly and soak up any extra oil.
  3. Serve the tofu topped with your toppings and garnishes of choice.

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