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Tofu steak coated in a Japanese style sauce topped with spring onion and chili threads on a blue plate thumbnail

Pan-fried tofu steak with Japanese sauce (vegetarian)

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 portions 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


How to make simple, delicious and satisfying tofu steak coated with a glossy Japanese style sauce. (Serves 2)


  • 300g-400g firm tofu
  • 4 pinches black pepper
  • 2 tbsp potato starch
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onion (optional garnish)
  • 1 tsp chili threads (optional garnish)

Tofu Steak Sauce


  1. Lay the piece of tofu flat on a chopping board, place one hand on top to hold it in place and hold your knife parallel to the chopping board. Make a horizontal cut through the middle, trying your best to keep them the same size.
    Cut tofu on a chopping board
  2. Wrap each piece in kitchen paper and place on microwavable plate. Microwave for 1 min 30 seconds at 600W.
    Tofu wrapped in kitchen paper
  3. Remove the kitchen paper and sprinkle both sides of each piece with a pinch of black pepper.
    firm tofu sprinkled with salt and black pepper
  4. Evenly coat both sides with a thin layer of potato starch.
    firm tofu coated with corn starch
  5. Heat a pan on medium and add a drizzle of olive oil. Place the tofu in the pan and fry each side until browned and crispy.
    two pieces of firm tofu in a frying pan
  6. While it's cooking, mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
    mixing teriyaki style sauce in a small glass bowl
  7. Once both sides are browned, turn down the heat to low/medium-low and add the sauce. Move the tofu around the pan so that the sauce sticks to the surface, flip and repeat until the sauce is thickened and the tofu is evenly coated.
    Two pieces of tofu in a frying pan with bubbling Japanese style sauce
  8. Dish up and sprinkle with chopped spring onions and chili threads (optional).
    Two tofu steaks on a blue plate garnished with spring onion and red chili threads
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Tofu
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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