Crispy Tofu Sesame Noodles

by Rebekahcooked up on September 6, 2018

Ok, I’ve been vacationing pretty hard the past few weeks, and fighting off a midsummer cold as well, but I’m finally back to share one of my favorite vegetarian meals that’s great for lunch or dinner – any time of year.

Crispy Tofu Sesame Noodles | PDXfoodlove

Tofu noodles are something that always sounds good to me. I’m not sure why. But no matter how hot it is outside, whether I have a cold, how I’m feeling or how hungry I am, I think I could always eat some. Kinda weird since I didn’t grow up eating tofu (also weird considering how much I eat nowadays), but that’s how it is.

Crispy Tofu Sesame Noodles | PDXfoodlove

This recipe has a new take on tofu than many of my past applications – usually I fry it in a mixture of butter and oil until it’s golden brown. This tofu, in fact, is BAKED. Yes, I’m just as surprised as you are. I didn’t do it for health reasons, more like laziness reasons, but I like the way it turned out, and I’ll definitely be trying this method in the future.

Crispy Tofu Sesame Noodles | PDXfoodlove

As I’m writing this, we even had a very similar thing for dinner tonight. The sesame noodle life is our way of life.

Crispy Tofu Sesame Noodles | PDXfoodlove

And the best part is, this is great for making ahead, too. I might store it separately from the tofu if you are making a big batch ahead, but it’s great to batch for a delicious, cold lunch.

Crispy Tofu Sesame Noodles

Crispy Tofu Sesame Noodles

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. spaghetti
  • 1/2 block of tofu, cut into slices and then squares
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tsp. sesame oil
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • Sesame seeds and cilantro for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dab tofu squares with a paper towel to dry. Gently toss in a bowl with the cornstarch, soy sauce and olive oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the packaged directions. Drain.
  3. Toss the pasta with the carrots, green onions, lime juice, sesame lime zest, and 1 Tbsp. soy sauce.
  4. Top with tofu, extra sesame seeds and cilantro
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