I love Chinese food. Scratch that, I used to love Chinese food back before I stopped eating meat. My favorite? Was sesame chicken. While some of the take-out and sit down Chinese food restaurants around here have sesame tofu, it’s usually pretty gross. Like they fry the tofu the day before and then it sits in the sauce so by the time it’s on my plate it’s all sad and squishy.
I’d pretty resigned myself to never really enjoying sesame anything ever again until I saw some sesame sauce packets in the supermarket and figured I’d give that a try. Turns out, making my own sesame tofu was absurdly easy (even with the PITA that is frying the tofu). And then I looked at the ingredients. Um, why was I buying a packet again? I literally had everything I needed to make sesame sauce from scratch right in my own pantry!
Chances are, you do, too!
An Easy Sesame Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup broth (or water if you’re in a pinch)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/8 cup rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- a pinch of ground ginger
Measure everything out into a pan, and whisk over medium heat until everything is combined and the sauce has thickened.
How easy is that? The most difficult part of my easy sesame sauce recipe is cooking up the stuff you’re going to put it on. The simplest thing would probably be steamed broccoli and rice, which is delish. But I like to shake up cubed extra firm tofu in a bag with corn starch and a little flour, then deep fry it in vegetable oil. When that’s done, you let the fried tofu drain a little bit and toss it in the sauce. Serve it over rice. If you’re a big sesame tofu (or sesame chicken) fan like me, this is going to mean you never have to order takeout again!