Quick Bites from Pender

Sesame Ginger Tofu Snack Sticks – Recipe

In Island Life, Recipes on January 8, 2010 at 5:02 am

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Before we begin, I must confess that this is really more a method than a recipe.  You’ll find I do that sometimes…

These are really, really tasty — meaty, low-fat, (pretty high in salt), protein-rich snacks that dedicated carnivores grudgingly admit are “pretty good.”  I started making them at the market after a co-worker told me about the tofu snacks she made at a previous job.  I  made a soya sauce-based marinade that was similar to many I have made throughout my life to flavour meats, jerky and stir-fries.  I made a few changes to the recipe:

  • rice vinegar for the mirin
  • cold-pressed sesame oil for the safflower oil
  • 2T (30 ml) sesame seeds for the chili flakes
  • increased the sugar to 3T (45 ml)



The marinade makes enough for about 1 lb (500 g) tofu. For so many reasons, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use organic, non-GMO soy.  We stock medium Soya Nova from Saltspring Island, so that’s what I used.


Tofu Snack Sticks:

Cut the tofu into strips about 3/8″ thick.  Marinate 8-24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350° —   Shake off the extra marinade as you lay the strips onto a baking sheet lined with parchment.  Cook the tofu until it is dry — about 15 minutes per side.

Cool and store in a closed container in the fridge.  Not that storage is a necessary consideration…


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  • Firm would also work, but reduce the time in the oven to avoid drying it out too much.
  • With good foodsafe procedures and fresh tofu you can reuse the marinade — but you’ll want to “spike” it with an extra shot of soya sauce‚ and more sesame seeds, to get its strength back up.
  • Parchment makes cleaning easier — reuse the parchment for the next batch to cut costs and waste.
  • If you have a convection oven use it at 325° — the improved circulation speeds up the drying time considerably.
  • Invent other flavours — I’ve tried Sweet Chili Heat, and just this very minute thought of Coconut Curry.

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