Fresh Tofu with Ginger, Scallions, and Tamari

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When you have made your own tofu or purchased it fresh from a really good source, this is the best way to enjoy its delightful flavor.

NotesThe simplest way to enjoy sesame seeds, either black or white, is to toast them briefly, then grind them roughly. To toast sesame seeds, heat a skillet over low to medium heat. When it is hot, add the seeds and cook them, shaking the skillet occasionally, until the seeds are heated through and plump-looking, about 1 to 2 minutes. Roughly grind the seeds in a suribachi or smooth-walled ceramic or marble mortar, but you will have to work much harder to crush the seeds. Then sprinkle the seeds over plain cooked rice, or mix them with miso and spread the mixture over slices of hot toast. I believe that consuming a small portion of sesame seeds every day, whether with rice or with bread, contributes greatly to my health.

2 servings



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Recipe Coursemain course, side dish

Dietary Considerationdiabetic, egg-free, halal, healthy, kosher, low calorie, low cholesterol, low saturated fat, low-fat, peanut free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturelight, nutty, salty, savory, spiced, umami


  • 1 block fresh soft or firm tofu (11 to 14 ounces), chilled
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated ginger, with its juice
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, cut into thin disks
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds, toasted (see Notes)
  • Tamari


  1. Cut the chilled tofu into bite-sized pieces, about 1½ inches on each side. Arrange the tofu cubes on a large serving platter. Top each square with a portion of the ginger, scallions, and sesame seeds.

  2. Each diner should transfer some of the tofu squares to an individual plate and pour about ¼ teaspoon tamari over each square.

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