Sesame Tofu Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce
Do you love a good noodle bowl?
I know I do…I made this Sesame Tofu Noodle Bowl for dinner recently and have to tell you it was absolutely delicious. I was inspired to make this after seeing this recipe on Eat, Live, Run and couldn’t wait to try it myself. It was my first time experimenting (successfully) with tofu at home and it turned out great. I was honestly surprised at how easy it was to make it taste so good!
The tofu takes a few minutes to prep, but other than that it’s really easy to work with. My kids actually really liked the tofu itself, coated in sesame seeds and “fried” crisp. The tofu cubes prepared this way would be great on it’s own. I only started liking tofu when I tried it cooked more this way, crisp verses not crisp. It’s a texture thing for me with tofu.
I’ve always been intimidated by cooking with tofu, but with a little practice I can see dishes like this being more of a regular thing in my house! Throwing the tofu in a noodle bowl like this was the perfect way to try it at home. It turned out so flavorful and delicious.
Sesame Tofu Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce
Yield: approximately 4 servings
- 1 package of extra firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- a couple splashes soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons honey or agave
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 1 package soba noodles
- 2 large red bell peppers, sliced thin
- 1 large bok choy, sliced thin
- handful of chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
- Take tofu out of package and place on paper towel. Pat dry well. Slice the tofu longways into rectangles, about 1/2 inch thick, then smaller into cubes. Place into a bowl and gently toss with sesame oil, soy sauce and sesame seeds.
- Heat oil up a large non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu to pan and cook until bottom sides are browned. Flip over and continue to cook till all sides are browned and crisp, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside.
- While tofu is cooking, make peanut sauce by adding all the ingredients to a blender and combining until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- In the meantime, bring pot of salted water to a boil and add soba noodles. Cook according to instructions.
- Place red pepper strips and bok choy in a colander. When noodles are ready, pour over vegetables in colander and drain water, while rinsing with cold water at the same time. Doing this blanches the veggies quickly and easily.
- Transfer noodles and veggies to a large bowl and add peanut sauce. Gently toss and combine together. Add tofu and cilantro and serve into bowls.
Inspired and adapted from Eat, Live, Run
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More tofu recipes to try:
Tofu Curry from Well Plated
Orange Sesame Tofu Fennel Salad from Steph In Thyme
Tofu Tostadas from Two Peas and Their Pod
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I could die. Right here. Right now. In that beautiful bowl of soba and tofu. Lie, die. Eat my way through the bowl and die of happiness.
See what you did to me?
Looks great! Ive never loved the tofu ive made at home- maybe i need to give it another go
I am very interested in the recipe for this fabulous looking bowl! This is a definite winner!
it looks wonderful. I love peanut sauce and tofu (I have peanut sauce baked tofu that I make frequently)
yours looks great!
is that peanut sauce baked tofu on your site Averie? Sounds delicious! I’d like to try it baked…
I have a whole Tofu section within my recipes tab with tofu prep tips and other tofu recipes, too
All of my favorite ingredients in one bowl. Looks delicious! 🙂
You know how much I love tofu, this looks awesome, Aggie! Big hugs to you, it was really good to talk to you today…just wish it was under better circumstances. Hug your babies for me.
That looks like a bowl full of goodness – and taste! Lovely recipe
Yes! Yes I do love a good noodle bowl 🙂 This looks nummy and has me wishing I had packed a noodle bowl for lunch today.
looks great! This is so up my alley!
I’m not a big tofu fan. And my husband? He’s from the Midwest. This might change our minds though…
I just left this link for Russell down below, but this is the recipe that changed my tofu eating experience. It was really good!
I’ve never tried cooking with tofu and I have to admit I’m scared. Like really scared to try. I had it once when I was young and in retrospect I may have been eating a sponge. I have tons of vegan and vegetarian friends though that I’ve been wanting to cook for.
Did you buy a specific type of tofu? I see you use extra firm but is there a brand you like or have heard good things about?
Hi Russell! I totally get your fear. I have been there, and am still a little intimidated 🙂
I had it in a chinese dish a long time ago and you nailed it, it was like a sponge, a mushy sponge, blech. This was not like that at all, it was more crisp and firm. What turned my tofu experience around is when I had it fried tofu my vegan friend made for me (http://happylittlevegans.com/wordpress/2010/07/09/veggie-sushi-and-fried-tofu/)
As for brand, my options are pretty limited, I’m pretty sure it’s Nasoya that I picked up. And I think I will always go for the extra firm option. Let me know if you try it out 🙂
I need to try this, I haven’t attempted tofu yet!!
sounds wonderful – I love anything with peanut sauce 🙂
I have recently started eating tofu and now I’m always on the look out for new recipes.
This sounds like a delicious meal. Can’t wait to give it a try.
Thanks for sharing Aggie.
Yum! This looks like the perfect noodle bowl. I love peanut sauce. Heading over to Babble now for the recipe… 🙂
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