Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce

  • 40MINS
  • 25MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 260KCAL

To make these crispy, sesame seed coated sticks extra special, we’ve marinated them in an Asian-style glaze and set aside a satay-inspired sauce for dipping. If you’ve never tried tofu before, this mildly-spiced recipe is the perfect place to start. Light and flavoursome with a moreish crunch, they’ll have everyone around the table coming back for more. Ready, set, dip!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories260
  • Carbs5.5g
  • Protein20g
  • Fat16g
  • Saturates2.6g
  • Sugars2.3g

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These Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce are your new-favourite snack! If you’ve never tried tofu or bean curd before, it’s a great source of meat-free protein to work with in the kitchen. To make our tofu strips extra tasty, we’ve coated them in an Asian-style marinade and used sesame seeds to give them a gorgeous crunch.

To keep the calories lower without compromising on flavour, we’ve used peanut butter powder to give our dish its moreish nuttiness. You should be able to find B2B Peanut Butter Powder on Amazon, or it’s available at some supermarkets and health food stores.

The trick with tofu is to make sure you drain it well before cooking. Our recipe walks you through how to get the best from your tofu strips (it’ll take around half an hour to properly dry them out). Be sure to handle tofu carefully while cooking – you don’t want your sticks to crumble!

Since you can never overdo peanut flavours, we’ve glazed our sesame-coated sticks in a punchy marinade and set aside satay-style sauce for dipping.

What diets are these Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce suitable for?

Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce are suitable for dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan diets.

Use gluten-free soy sauce if you’re looking to make this recipe for gluten-free diets.

Take extra care when cooking for people with allergies and be sure to use different utensils, cookware and preparation areas.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce?

You might notice that we’ve used peanut butter powder. It’s far lower in fat and calories than regular peanut butter, and it’s affordable to find on Amazon or in some supermarkets and health food shops. We went for P2B Peanut Butter Powder, but other brands are available.

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P2B Peanut Butter Powder is lower in fat and calories than regular peanut butter.

If you’re cooking for gluten-free diets, you’ll want to use a gluten-free soy sauce.

How many calories are in this Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce?

There are 260 calories per portion (2 tofu sticks) in this Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce are perfect if you’re following a calorie-controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Press the tofu to remove the excess moisture; this will help to keep its shape when baked. Place a few layers of kitchen paper on a small plate and place the tofu block on top. Place a few layers of kitchen paper over the tofu and place a small plate on top.

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Step 2

Place something heavy (you could use an unopened tin of food) on top of the plate to weigh it down. Leave for about 30 minutes, changing the kitchen paper occasionally, allowing the liquid to be pressed out. Discard any liquid.

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Step 3

Cut the tofu block into 8 x 2cm wide sticks, taking care to handle gently as the tofu may break easily.

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Step 4

Place all the marinade ingredients on a medium plate and stir together. Lay the tofu sticks in the marinade and spoon over to coat on all sides. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes, occasionally spooning the marinade over.

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Step 5

Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.

Step 6

Place the sesame seeds on a plate and spread out. Handling gently, dip the marinated tofu sticks in the sesame seeds to coat all over.

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Step 7

Place the coated tofu sticks on the lined baking tray and place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully turn over. Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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Step 8

Place all of the peanut sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir until combined.

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Step 9

Serve the tofu sticks hot and dip into the peanut sauce. Garnish with red chilli slices and coriander leaves (optional).

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What could I serve with this Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce?

These Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce are delicious as a snack on their own, or you can make them into a meal with a portion of fluffy basmati rice. For a full-on Asian-inspired feast, try the following dishes:

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How do you know when Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce are cooked?

You should cook these Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce until the tofu sticks turn golden brown in the oven. This will take around 25 minutes (carefully turn them over after 15 minutes).

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe.

How long can you keep Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce in the fridge?

Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce are best enjoyed freshly made. 

The marinated tofu sticks are not suitable for refrigerating or freezing, but you can store the peanut sauce separately in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce?

This recipe is not suitable for freezing.

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Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Sauce

A delicious slimming-friendly snack for meat-free days, you need to take these mildly-spiced sesame tofu sticks for a dip!
  • Prep Time
    40 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • KCals 260
  • Carbs 5.5G

Ingredients

  • 349 g block of firm tofu

For the marinade

  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • ½ tsp root ginger peeled and finely grated
  • 1 clove of garlic peeled and crushed
  • a few drops of sriracha chilli sauce to taste
  • ¼ tsp white granulated sweetener or sugar
  • salt and black pepper to taste

To coat

  • 5 tbsp sesame seeds

For the peanut sauce

  • 4 tbsp peanut butter powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • a few drops of sriracha chilli sauce to taste
  • ¼ tsp root ginger peeled and finely grated
  • a pinch of white granulated sweetener or sugar

To garnish (optional)

  • a few slices of red chilli (deseeded) to garnish
  • a few fresh coriander leaves to garnish

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Instructions

  1. Press the tofu to remove the excess moisture; this will help to keep its shape when baked. Place a few layers of kitchen paper on a small plate and place the tofu block on top. Place a few layers of kitchen paper over the tofu and place a small plate on top.
  2. Place something heavy (you could use an unopened tin of food) on top of the plate to weigh it down. Leave for about 30 minutes, changing the kitchen paper occasionally, allowing the liquid to be pressed out. Discard any liquid.
  3. Cut the tofu block into 8 x 2cm wide sticks, taking care to handle gently as the tofu may break easily.
  4. Place all the marinade ingredients on a medium plate and stir together. Lay the tofu sticks in the marinade and spoon over to coat on all sides. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes, occasionally spooning the marinade over.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.
  6. Place the sesame seeds on a plate and spread out. Handling gently, dip the marinated tofu sticks in the sesame seeds to coat all over.
  7. Place the coated tofu sticks on the lined baking tray and place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully turn over. Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Place all of the peanut sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir until combined.
  9. Serve the tofu sticks hot and dip into the peanut sauce. Garnish with red chilli slices and coriander leaves (optional).

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Recipe notes

Tip: Handle the tofu gently throughout the recipe as it may break easily depending on the type used.
Tip: This dish is mildly spiced but add a little more sriracha chilli sauce if you prefer things spicy.

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