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plate of teriyaki tofu

Crispy Sautéed Teriyaki Tofu (Easy 15 Min Recipe)

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  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy teriyaki tofu is slathered in a homemade teriyaki sauce and sautéed until crispy and deliciously tender for a quick 15 minute dinner start to finish!


  • 16 ounces firm of extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos, divided
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsprice vinegar
  • Optional: 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Sesame seeds and sliced green onion, for garnish


  1. Prep: Press the tofu in a tofu press to drain any excess liquid. Alternatively, follow my guide on tofu for how to press tofu if you don’t have a press. Mince the garlic.
  2. Toss: In a medium bowl, tear the tofu into 1 inch pieces. Tearing allows for more flavor to soak in throughout rather than cubes. Add in 1 tbspsoy sauce and the arrowroot starch, and toss to evenly coat. Set aside.
  3. Saute: In a medium sauce pan or skillet on the stovetop, heat the sesame oil on medium heat. Add in the minced garlic, and saute until lightly golden. Then add in the tofu and cook for 3-5 minutes, sautéing.
  4. While the tofu is cooking: Whisk together the remaining soy sauce, water, maple syrup, and rice vinegar.
  5. Add in the teriyaki sauce: Pour the teriyaki sauce over the tofu, and saute to evenly coat. Turn the heat to medium-high heat to sear the tofu pieces until crispy (being sure not to burn the pieces). Cook until the sauce appears sticky.
  6. Serve and enjoy! Plate with steamed broccoli, asparagus, bok choy, etc. and steamed rice, and enjoy! Top with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onion.


Gluten free: Use tamari or coconut aminos