It’s really hard to find gluten-free and vegan Chinese food take-out, so unless I want to order steamed vegetables without sauce, I am left up to my own creations. I already had all of these ingredients, so I just had to get to work to make this really delicious dinner. I could have eaten an entire bucket of this, it was that good!

Sesame Orange Tofu


  • Basmati rice, cooked
  • 1 package extra-firm tofu
  • Fresh green beans
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/3 Cup tamari
  • 2/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar of choice (I used coconut sugar)
  • 3-4 clementines
  • Sesame seeds for garnish



1. Set the rice on to cook (or in your rice cooker).

2. Drain the tofu, place on a towel, and put something heavy on it to press out extra liquid.

3. Wash and chop the green beans. Wash and chop the green onions.

4. Steam the tofu and green beans by filling a  small pot with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Place a steam basket over the pot and place the tofu and green beans inside. Reduce to medium heat, cover and steam for 10 minutes.

5. Add the sesame oil to a skillet over low heat. Then, add the tamari, rice vinger, sugar, orange zest, orange sections, green onions, red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, and 1/2 cup water.

6. Add the steamed green beans and tofu, stirring gently to coat with sauce while being careful not to break the tofu  apart. Cook until everything is heated through, about 5 minutes.

7. Plate, add some sesame seeds, and enjoy!


9 thoughts on “Sesame Orange Tofu”
  1. I’ve had zero luck cooking with tofu. There must be a secret tofu cooking trick I don’t know about 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with Fitness Friday!

  2. Hi Katie,
    What a healthy and delectable dish! I love tofu but I don’t enjoy the heavy MSG laden sauces created by most Chinese restaurants. It so much better to buy organic tofu and make your own! Thank you for sharing your amazing Oven Sesame Orange Tofu with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party! I am pinning and sharing!

  3. This sounds delicious! For some reason I’ve never thought of steaming tofu before, I always saute it instead. This sounds like a great alternative.

  4. That looks yummy! I’m not a big fan of tofu, but this recipe made me want to have some 🙂
    Thank you for sharing with Tasty Tuesday this week 🙂

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