Sesame and Sweet Chili Tofu



5 min


4 adult servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 5 minutes
Sesame and Sweet Chili Tofu

Photo: Maya Visnyei

Are your kids not sure about tofu? This sesame and sweet chili tofu recipe uses soft tofu, which is mild-tasting and almost custard-like.


  • 600 g soft (not silken) tofu , drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion


  • Place tofu in a pot in a single layer and cover with cold water. Place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then turn heat to low to keep tofu warm.
  • Heat a small frying pan on medium-low. Add sesame seeds and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 min or until well toasted. Scrape into the bowl of a mortar and pestle.
  • Crush with pestle until half the seeds are powdery. (If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, crush seeds using the flat edge of a large knife against a cutting board.) Transfer to a bowl. Crush garlic in a similar fashion. Add to sesame seeds along with soy sauce, chili sauce and sesame oil.
  • Carefully remove tofu from water and slice into pieces. Place on a platter, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with green onion.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 199,
  • Protein
  • 26 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8 g,
  • Fat
  • 17 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1 g,
  • Sodium
  • 384 mg.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent March 2014 issue.