Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

Sesame Tofu and Broccoli that comes out crispy and delicious in a sweet and savory sesame sauce is full of flavor and easy to make.

230 CAL 14g CARBS 15g FAT 16g PROTEIN
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This Crispy Sesame Tofu with Broccoli will change your mind about tofu. Whether you are a vegetarian or just looking to eat more plant-based meals, you'll want to make this at home takeout dish. And if you love Asian tofu dishes, you will also want to try this  Kung Pao Tofu and Sheet Pan Asian Tofu Stir Fry.

By now you probably know more about my love of Chinese take-out than just about anyone. It ranks up there as one of my favorite comfort foods, but, unfortunately, even the vegetable and tofu dishes can be loaded with calories and extra fat. I didn't realize this for a long time — going through life thinking I was making healthy choices but wondering why my health didn't seem to really be catching up to my so-called choices.

Then, I learned what food is really made of behind the scenes of my favorite restaurants. That was a real eye-opener! So, now, when I'm craving one of my favorite dishes, this Sesame Tofu with Broccoli, I typically choose to make it at home and choose ingredients that make it (and other Chinese take-out standards) as light and healthy as possible without sacrificing on flavor. For this lightened-up version, I used pressed tofu and a homemade sesame sauce paired with lots of fresh broccoli for a yummy, as-good-as-take-out meal.

Remember to press your tofu as much as you can to get out as much moisture as possible. If you don't have a tofu press, use two heavy skillets and a lot of paper towels. Trust me, nothing ruins a dish like soggy tofu. But, when made properly, tofu is so yummy!

Sesame tofu with sesame seeds and broccoli in two black bowls with forks.

Side Dishes to Serve with Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

This dish lends itself to all sorts of sides! I know I generally like to pile on the veggies but I say the more, the merrier!

  • Crispy Asian Brussels Sprouts will add that little bit of crunch to your meal.
  • Asian Zucchini Noodles make a great base for the main dish or work well on the side, too!
  • A simple side salad is great with this dish.
  • Try white or brown rice, or use another grain like millet, barley, or quinoa.
  • Garlic Sugar Snap peas are such a treat! This is seriously my favorite way to eat snap peas.
  • Make your own spring rolls with rice paper and fresh veggies. Add a peanut dipping sauce if you like.
  • How about adding a little wonton or egg drop soup as a warming, hearty side?

Ways to Serve Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

I like this meal straight-up, but there are many ways you can serve this dish.

  • Veggie noodles of all types would be a great addition to this dish — mix them up for some amazing flavors and textures.
  • Lay the tofu and broccoli atop a bed of lettuce. Personally, I like warm on top of cold — something about it reminds me of summer. Add a peanut dressing if you like to layer flavors.
  • Serve this dish straight out of a bowl and eat with chopsticks for an authentic feel.
  • You can add protein to this dish if you like — thinly sliced chicken or beef would work really well. Or, try shrimp if you want an Asian seafood dish. Swap it for the tofu or double up the protein.
  • Put the ingredients in some lettuce cups (like Bibb or butter) or top it on large romaine or other leaf lettuces for a low-carb meal.
  • Serve this dish cold on top of rice noodles.

What Vegetables Go with Tofu?

Tofu is a great plant protein source. If you prepare it correctly, it can take on the flavors of just about whatever you're serving it with. In this case, it will soak up the sauce that you make for this dish. And because it's going to taste like just about anything you add it to, I really think it goes with a ton of veggies. In no particular order, here are my go-to tofu/veggie pairings:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage (red or green or bok choy)
  • Shredded carrots
  • Mushrooms (any kind)
  • Baby corn
  • Water chestnuts
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Spinach
  • Kale

Crispy tofu with sesame sauce and broccoli in a bowl with sesame seeds on top.

Can I Make Sesame Tofu with Broccoli in a Sheet Pan?

Full disclosure — I have not made this dish in a sheet pan but I would think it would work out just fine. Here's how I would tweak it:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Still, whisk all the ingredients together as I have instructed in step 1. And go ahead and toss the tofu with salt, pepper, and flour.

I would go ahead and still cook the tofu as I have in step 2 to give it that nice "fried" crust. (You are really going to be sad if your tofu isn't a little bit browned). Then add the tofu to a sheet pan along with the veggies and pour over the sauce. Add this entire pan into the oven and cook for that 15-20 minutes as I have in the original directions. When it's done, still go ahead and sprinkle those sesame seeds for a little added crunch and nutrition.

The Recipe
Sesame tofu with broccoli and sesame seeds in a small gray bowl.

Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

230 CAL 14g CARBS 15g FAT 16g PROTEIN
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  • 24 oz. extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1.25 tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1.25 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.25 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1.25 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1.25 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 3.5 cups broccoli florets
  • 1.25 tbsp. sesame seeds

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk the vegetable broth, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, and white vinegar together. Set aside. In another bowl, toss the tofu with salt, pepper, and flour.


In a large pan (make sure it’s oven safe) heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the tofu in one layer. Cook for three minutes on one side until nicely browned and then flip and cook for another three minutes on the other side.


Turn off the heat and pour the sauce mixture over the tofu, stirring to combine. Place the entire pan in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes.


Meanwhile, prepare the veggies until just tender crisp. The easiest way to do this is by quickly placing in boiling water for 2-4 minutes until bright in color and just tender. You can also microwave for 4-5 minutes until just tender. Make sure to not overcook your vegetables.


During the last two minutes of cooking, stir in the vegetables. Top with sesame seeds.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230
Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 377mg
Total Carbohydrate 14g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Protein 16g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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