We used to eat tofu all the time and this Sticky Sesame Tofu and Broccoli recipe is one of our new recipes. There was always a brick of it in our fridge. That was right after we got married – we were still living at Purdue. Clark was taking 18 credit hours, working at the rec center, and I was done with school and working full-time at Hot Box pizza. Tofu was standard fare in our kitchen. It's cheap and versatile, which worked out well because we were broke but had plenty of seasonings. #priorities
So we got creative with the stuff. We would bake tofu, marinate tofu, grill tofu, fry tofu, scramble tofu – you name it, we tried it. We even shared a recipe for "totally rad tofu nuggets" on the blog from those days. (Aren't the photos great?! 😜)
It feels weird to say this about a food like tofu, but it's nostalgic for me. It always takes me back to a semester that was one of my favorite parts of our life together thus far.
We would get home from a long day, pour some wine, I would complain about my minimum wage job at a shitty pizza place, and we would eat dinner at our cardboard-box-table while we sat on the floor. I like to joke that we were pretending to be Japanese.
Now when we eat tofu, we don't have to sit on the floor. But we can use chopsticks just because we feel like being fancy.
You probably already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen, just waiting to be turned into this better-than-takeout Asian meal. All you need to do is sear the tofu, lightly cook the broccoli in the same skillet, and mix up your sauce.
This is great all by itself as a stir-fry, but it wouldn't hurt to serve it over a steaming bowl of basmati rice. And – dare I say it – maybe even with a fried egg on top?
If you enjoyed this sticky sesame tofu and broccoli recipe let us know in the comments!
PS – I recommend using a cast iron skillet for searing tofu. It offers the maximum amount of pan space and evenly distributes heat so all your tofu cooks at the same rate. We swear by our Lodge – and you can get one on Amazon for less than $35. And you can use it in a million different ways.Print