Sesame soy tofu

It seems like just yesterday I was posting about starting a new rotation in GI Surgery… but now 5 weeks have passed and I’m on to a new rotation in Trauma/Surgery at a different hospital. This ward is actually pretty similar to the one I was on before, which isn’t common in internship because the idea is to expose us to as much variety as possible. But I’m pretty happy about it because it means I’m really getting a chance to practice in this setting and become good at it. I’m actually already noticing an improvement in my skills – by the end of these next 4 weeks I’ll be doing it in my sleep!

Sesame soy tofu

It’s kind of like this tofu recipe.

I’ve made this tofu too many times to count, which has given me lots of time to experiment and perfect it. I know it only calls for a few ingredients, but I played around with ingredient ratios for ages until I found the best one. Now it’s like a no brainer for me. Hopefully I’ll soon be able to say the same about being a surgery floor dietitian!

Sesame soy tofu

Sesame soy tofu
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Vegan, gluten free, nut free
Yield: 2-4 servings
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2.5 tbsp low sodium tamari
  • 1 block tofu
  • Optional: 2 green onions + 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Pour into a large shallow dish such as a rectangular glass baking dish.
  2. Then press out the water from the tofu and slice into rectangles or triangles. Place them in the marinade and let sit for about 15 minutes. Then flip over each of the pieces and let marinate for another 15 minutes.
  3. Pan fry until golden brown on each side and serve with sliced green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

Sesame soy tofu

This sesame soy tofuĀ is one of my favourite ways to eat tofu because it’s so versatile – it’s great on its own paired with some side dishes, or it’s also delicious in salads, rice bowls, and stir fries.

What is a recipe that you make all the time?

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28 Responses to Sesame soy tofu

  1. YES!! Ironically, a recipe I make all the time is also a baked tofu one, or curried tuna patties- both so easy, both so good and the former- versatile.

    Hope the internship is going well- My mate is in her final rotation with children! She’s loving it- not because she likes kids (she despises them) but she was on nightshift for her last rotation!

    • Chelsea

      How do you prepare your baked tofu? I’m always looking for new ideas!

      Oh gosh, I feel so sorry for your friend… I could never work a job involving night shifts!

  2. :D I am so happy to hear you are loving your rotations and it gets me excited for what is hopefully going to come for me in the next few months. I think trauma is so hard, but so interesting! Every patient is different and you really have to know what is going on disease wise. Critical care really remonstrates the role nutrition plays in recovery no matter what! This recipe looks so good and I have no doubt you will be walking around on the hospital floor with the same confidence you have in the kitchen in no time!

    • Chelsea

      It’s so true – people don’t understand how imperative nutrition is in critical care! That’s why I’m actually thinking of doing a post soon about what a clinical dietetic intern actually does because I think there’s some misconceptions about what dietitians in hospitals do.

  3. yum!! i make crockpot chicken, beans, & veggies all the time!

  4. Mmmm…this looks wonderful! I make homemade mac n’ cheese all the time! It’s my husband’s fav!

  5. Your photography in this post is fantastic, I can tell you’ve been learning lot about your camera. This recipe sounds so great. I have never managed to make a tofu that I actually enjoyed but this one sounds like something you would get from a restaurant!

  6. Happy to hear that you’re enjoying the rotations and the internship is going well! You’re going to be a pro in no time ;-) do you think you’d like to work in the surgery setting?

    And it’s been forever and a half since I made tofu…might have to give this one a shot!

    • Chelsea

      Actually I think I really would enjoy the surgery setting. I’m strongly considering it. Although in reality I will really take almost any RD job that will take me and that I feel competent working in haha.

  7. Mmm, definitely giving this a try, as I was JUST thinking about sesame tofu last night (same brainwave!). I also LOVE hearing about your internship! I think trauma/surgery would intrigue me!! And wondering what is making these rotations so similar! I really want to take my clinical II class again this fall just because I think I could benefit from re-taking it (now that Nia’s older), hopefully increase my mark (funny how those things can suffer when you’re sleep-deprived from a baby), and just because I really enjoyed the course!

    • Chelsea

      I really enjoyed clinical nutrition too. If you liked that class, you will probably love your inpatient rotations when you do your internship! Are you thinking of applying next fall?

  8. So simple and yet SO delicious. I love marinating my tofu in Bragg’s and then baking or frying it. It is SO good!

  9. I make a tuna salad recipe all the time but still haven’t posted it! Why do bloggers always take forever to post the recipes they make most often? So random eh?

  10. Glad to hear that your rotations have been not treating you well, girl! And thanks for sharing your tofu secrets :) I’ve been trying to introduce a little more variety in my diet when it come a to protein, so this is kind of perfect. Definitely going to have to keep it in mind when I pick up some more tofu!

    • Chelsea

      Tofu is honestly one of my favourite proteins. I know, I’m weird. Let me know if you need any other tofu recipe suggestions! :)

  11. All these tofu dishes, I am gonna HAVE to try! Looks wonderful, I think I need to stop being so scared!

    Glad rotations are going well, that must make things a lot easier, and you know that is what you want to do :)

  12. Can’t go wrong with those flavour combinations!

    Congrats on your rotations going well and your skills improving :) Must make the idea of being a dietician soon so much more real, but also less scary!

  13. Yum! Toasted sesame oil is the best! I’m so glad to hear your rotations are going well! What kind of things are you called to do on the surgery floor? Is it mainly just weight loss and cardiac surgery patients?

    • Chelsea

      Nope not at all actually! Our cardiac patients are in a separate cardiology ward. On this floor we see a mixture of GI patients and trauma patients… so traumatic car accidents, bowel and stomach surgeries, pancreatitis, bowel obstructions, etc are the kinds of patients we see. I think I might do a post soon about the role of a dietitian in this setting!

  14. I just hopped by from Mostly Homemade Mondays. Your delicious recipe for Sesame Soy Tofu really caught my eye. I love to have tofu from time to time. I usually make baked marinated firm tofu using similar ingredients and I love it. All the best, Deborah

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