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Crisp, Flavorful, Sesame Crusted TofuSesame tofu is a great year-round appetizer or entrée. Serve on salad greens for a first course or lunch; or add grains and steamed or braised greens for a heartier meal.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Gather Ingredients and Prep the TofuThe Ingredients
1 pound extra-firm organic tofu (1 package)
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup white sesame seeds
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon untoasted sesame or other mild oil
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
4 cups organic mesclun greens, or other baby lettuce
Thinly sliced scallion greens (optional)Rinse tofu in cool water and slice in half lengthwise.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Wrap Tofu in Paper TowelsWrap tofu slices in a double layer of paper towel to absorb excess water.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Press TofuPlace wrapped tofu on a large plate, cover with a second plate, and let sit 15 minutes to drain out any excess water. It's important that the tofu is dry so the oil won't splatter when it's being cooked.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Coat the Tofu with Sesame SeedsUnwrap the tofu, and sprinkle each slice with sea salt. Mix black and white sesame seeds together on a plate or in a flat bowl, and coat tofu thoroughly on both sides with the seeds. Any leftover seeds can be saved for another time or used for garnish.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Pan Sear the TofuHeat the oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Sear the tofu blocks until crisp and golden brown, 3-4 minutes on each side.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Drain Tofu on Paper TowelsRemove the tofu from the skillet onto paper towels, to absorb excess oil. Allow tofu to cool slightly, until it can be comfortably handled.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Cut Sesame Tofu for ServingWhen the tofu is cool enough to handle, place on cutting board and cut diagonally in triangles.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Sesame Crusted Tofu Is Ready to ServeYour Sesame Tofu triangles are ready to plate on salad greens or grains and vegetables.