No Cook Japanese Cold Tofu with Sesame Dressing

No Cook Japanese Cold Tofu with Sesame Dressing

The weather is warming up, especially here in Hong Kong. It's 80 degrees in April here! This recipe for Japanese Cold Tofu with Sesame Dressing is quintessential for Spring/Summer. The best part is that this dish requires zero cooking. 

This is one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful subtle flavor of tofu. Cold tofu can be enjoyed with a ton of different topping choices, including creamy sesame dressing, or a punchy mixture of scallions, fresh ginger, and soy sauce. In this recipe, I'll be using store-bought Japanese sesame dressing. I'll include the recipe for homemade dressing below, but sometimes it's simply easier to go pre-made! 

Tofu is the perfect blank slate for a punch of flavor! The smooth texture and nutty flavor are so yummy with the rich flavor of the sesame dressing. If you can find freshly made tofu, even better! I love this refreshing dish as an appetizer or light snack during the warmer months. Let's get snackin :) 

What You Need: 

  • Fresh silken tofu 
  • Japanese sesame dressing, available in any Asian supermarket
  • Optional: sesame seeds, bonito flakes, cucumber for garnish

Recipe for homemade Sesame Dressing:

Mix together the following ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp mayonnaise (Kewpie would be best)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ground sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil

What To Do:

  • This is seriously the easiest recipe ever! Drain and pat dry the tofu. Serve cold with the dressing poured over top, and garnish with sesame seeds and a few slices of crisp cucumber. That's it! 
Soft, silky tofu with rich, creamy sesame dressing!

Soft, silky tofu with rich, creamy sesame dressing!

During my time in Japan last month, one of my favorite places to visit was Nishiki Market in Kyoto. The open market was full of stands with homemade Japanese delicacies, and tons of samples! I tried this wonderful mixture of sesame seeds and bonito flakes that can be eaten on top of rice, pasta, or even tofu :) This was the perfect savory and salty topping for the cold tofu. Hope you guys are having a great week :) If you try any recipes from the blog, I'd love to hear from you! Snap a pic and #brokeandcooking on ig or twitter! xoxo