Crispy tofu is tossed with a flavor-packed (and deceptively simple) sweet and savory five spice sauce and served over my favorite sesame noodles. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or easy meal prep!
Five Spice Tofu Ingredients:
- 1 pound block of extra-firm tofu
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon five spice powder
- toppings: toasted sesame seeds and thinly-sliced green onions
Sesame Noodles Ingredients:
- Press the tofu. Slice the block of tofu into 1/2-inch slabs. Lay some paper towels or a clean tea towel on a flat surface, and place the slabs side by side on top of the paper towels. Cover with another layer of paper towels, then place a cutting board on top of the tofu, and stack a bunch of heavy cans or pots or whatever you can safely balance on the cutting board. Let the tofu drain for at least 15-30 minutes.
- Make the five spice sauce. Whisk together the hoisin, rice vinegar and five spice powder until combined. Set aside.
- Make the sesame noodles. Make the sesame noodles according to recipe instructions here.
- Cook the tofu. Remove the paper towels and slice the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes. Heat the oil in a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and sauté for 8-10 minutes, flipping and tossing the tofu every 2 or so minutes, until it is crispy and browned. Remove pan from heat, add hoisin sauce, and toss until combined.
- Serve. Serve the sesame noodles topped with the tofu (plus any extra veggies you might like to add), sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and thinly-sliced green onions for garnish. Enjoy!!
Storage instructions: Leftovers can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days.