Photo, Natasha Nicholson       Recipe & Food Styling, Carol Dudar

Seared Spicy Tofu Steaks


1 organic firm tofu package

1 tbsp (15ml) sesame oil

1 tsp (5 ml) cumin seeds, toasted

1 garlic clove, chopped

1/4 tsp (1ml) chili flakes

2-3 tbsp (30-45ml) cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp (15ml) green onion, thinly sliced

4 tbsp (60ml) hoisin sauce

1 tbsp (15ml) fresh lime juice Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper


1 tbsp (15ml) toasted sesame seeds

1 tbsp (15ml) black sesame seeds


  • Open package of tofu, cut into 1/2” thick slices.
  • Lay out onto paper towel for 10-15 min to absorb the moisture, turning tofu over once.
  • Salt and pepper both sides of tofu.
  • Heat large frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Add sesame oil, fry the garlic until fragrant, remove garlic from pan and set aside.
  • Coat the pan evenly with the sesame oil, and add the tofu steaks.
  • Cook the tofu for about 5-7 mins on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients together.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Top each of the pieces of tofu with a spoonful of the mixture while tofu is still in the pan.
  • Let sit for 2 minutes or until the topping is slightly warmed.
  • Remove from heat, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.
  • (Can be cooked and kept refrigerated. Can be reheated or served at room temperature)

Serves 4


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