Asian-inspired plant-based recipes

Teriyaki Tofu

This Teriyaki Tofu will make you forget about ordering it for takeout ever again! The total cook time makes it quick enough to make as a weeknight meal. 

A few notes

  1. Press the tofu for at least one hour but no more than 4 hours. As long as you remember to do this ahead of time, the cooking time will take you no more than 15 minutes. 
  2. Teriyaki sauce is incredibly easy to make. There’s no need to buy those pre-made bottles ever again. As long as you have soy sauce, sake, sugar, and mirin on hand, you got yourself delicious teriyaki sauce! Of course, if you would like this to be alcohol free, you can substitute the sake with water. 
  3. Since the cornstarch will create a crispy texture on the tofu, it is best to serve this immediately. If there are any leftovers, just know that the tofu will no longer be crispy but instead will have a chewy exterior. It will still taste delicious either way. 🙂 

This Teriyaki Tofu is: 

Incredibly satisfying






Easy to make

& SO Delicious! 


Please let me know if you gave this recipe a try. Leave a comment below or tag a photo on Instagram @tifflovestofu. I’d love to see or hear how it turned out for you.


Teriyaki Tofu

October 3, 2020
: 2
: 1 hr
: 15 min
: 1 hr 15 min
: Easy


  • Tofu
  • 1 16oz. firm tofu (drained and pressed for an hour)
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch or potato starch
  • 5-6 tbsp oil (or until it covers the entire surface of the pan
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sake (sub with water if alcohol free)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • Optional
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion (chopped)
  • Step 1 About an hour before cooking, drain and press the tofu block with a heavy object. The simplest method is to place a towel on a cutting board, add a napkin then the tofu, add another napkin on top of the tofu, then top it off with a heavy object such as a plate and a book.
  • Step 2 While the tofu is being pressed, add the sauce ingredients to a bowl and mix until everything is mixed well.
  • Step 3 Once the tofu has been pressed and there isn’t any liquid remaining, cut it into 1 inch cubes. Add the tofu cubes to a large bowl along with the cornstarch. Mix it well with clean hands ensuring that all sides of the tofu cubes are covered with the starch.
  • Step 4 Add the oil to a non-stick pan on medium heat allowing it heat up for a few minutes before adding the tofu. You can test whether the oil is ready by sticking a wooden chopstick or spatula in the pan. If bubbles develop around it, then it is ready. Add the tofu to the pan ensuring that there is enough space in between so that it doesn’t touch. Pan fry the tofu 1 minute on each side (no need to fry all 4 sides, 2-3 sides is sufficient). Once the tofu has been fried on most sides and develops a light golden color, remove from the pan and set to the side.
  • Step 5 In the same pan, add the teriyaki sauce and let it simmer for 20 seconds to thicken up before adding the tofu. Spoon the sauce to coat all sides of the tofu. Sprinkle sesame seeds and green onions as a final touch. Serve with rice and vegetables for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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