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Sticky Balsamic Tofu

Sticky Balsamic Tofu

  • Author: romylondonuk
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 portions 1x
  • Category: Tofu
  • Method: Pan fried
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


This recipe for Sticky Balsamic Tofu is a delicious and easy way to add plant-based protein to your meals. The crispy tofu bites are coated in a sweet and tangy, sticky sauce, making it a perfect addition to any meal.


    • 6.3 oz extra firm tofu (roughly 180g)
    • 2 tbsp cornstarch
    • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

    For the sticky balsamic sauce:

    • 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
    • 1 tbsp water


  1. Gently break apart the tofu with your hands into bite-size chunks. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil in a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to a small bowl and toss the tofu chunks in it until lightly covered. The flour will stick to the moisture of the tofu.
  3. Transfer the tofu to the hot pan and pan-fry until crispy on all sides. Throughout the process, use chopsticks to flip the tofu.
  4. While the tofu is cooking, prepare the sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a small jar.
  5. Once the tofu is crispy on all sides, gently pour the sauce over it (enjoy the sizzle!), reduce the heat to medium-low, and remove the pan from the heat after about 30-60 seconds.
  6. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • Use extra firm tofu for best results
  • Press your tofu before coating it in corn flour to remove excess water and help it crisp up better
  • Use cornstarch to coat the tofu and create a crispy crust
  • Ensure your pan and oil are at a high temperature before adding the tofu to prevent it from becoming greasy and mushy
  • Flip the tofu bites regularly to ensure they crisp up on all sides
  • Use chopsticks to flip the tofu and avoid burnt edges
  • Use toasted sesame oil for a nutty flavor, but feel free to use other flavorless cooking oil if preferred
  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a small jar with a lid and shake well to blend

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