Sesame Crusted Tofu with Garlic Spinach

My sister makes this dish for Thanksgiving every year. It’s so good that even the non-vegetarians eat it up!

Sesame Crusted Tofu with Garlic Spinach


  • 1 package 16-ounce of extra firm tofu, drained well
  • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
  • ¼ cup of sesame seeds mix of white and black is lovely
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 teaspoons of olive or coconut oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 10 ounces of baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Slice tofu lengthwise into 4 rectangular pieces, then slice the rectangles in half to make 8 pieces.
  • Marinate the tofu in teriyaki for 20 minutes to infuse with flavor.
  • Mix arrowroot or cornstarch with sesame seeds in a shallow bowl or plate.
  • Press marinated tofu into the sesame seed mixture to evenly coat all sides.
  • Heat sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat, add tofu squares in a single layer to cook for 5 minutes on each side. Add soy sauce and cook for one more minute until liquid is absorbed. Transfer tofu to separate plate.
  • In the same pan (no need to clean), add olive oil and garlic and saute for 30 seconds until golden. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Add a teaspoon of water if needed. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve tofu on a bed of wilted spinach and brown rice (optional).

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