Tofu Sesame Toasts

Tofu Sesame Toasts
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If you are vegan/vegetarian or if you have a seafood allergy, this recipe for Tofu Sesame Toasts will be of interest to you. This is a must-try recipe, inspired by the classic Chinese appetiser, prawn toast. They are quick and easy to make and their delicate balance of flavours may convert even those who strongly dislike tofu.

My friend Natalie runs the amazing website: .

Check her site out!

Natalie’s website has a plethora of information for your health, well-being and some amazing recipes along the way! A lot of Natalie’s readers are vegan or vegetarian. So, I decided to write a recipe that she could share with her followers.

For this recipe, in place of prawns, I have used a firm tofu. Just be sure to not use silken tofu which would be too soft. The egg has been replaced by chia seeds, which, when soaked for 15 minutes, produce a gel-like substance which helps bind the ingredients together. In order to make this recipe vegan, I replace Oyster sauce with a vegan variation, made from mushrooms, which adds depth of flavour. Incorporating traditional ingredients of spring onions, ginger, sesame oil and soy/tamari sauce provides additional flavour.

This is a simple recipe that that is guaranteed to impress.

The toasts are very quick to make and you don’t need a deep fryer for these, they are shallow fried in a frying pan.

Just whiz the ingredients in a food processor spread generously on slices of baguette, sprinkle on sesame seeds and shallow fry.

However, these crispy toasts should come with a warning – one piece is never enough for this simple and tasty starter.

They have a crisp toast base with a sesame seed topping which provides extra crunchiness and a mild nutty taste.

For easy entertaining, prepare the toasts up to the stage of shallow frying, a day in advance. Please note that they are best served soon after they are fried. They will become soggy if left to sit.

They are delicious served with our homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce.

Enjoy this yummy recipe, and don’t forget to stop over and say hi on Natalie’s Page!

Happy Friday all!

Xx Alex

5 from 38 votes

Tofu Sesame Toasts

Inspired by a classic Chinese appetiser, these Tofu Sesame Toasts are quick and easy to make and have a delicate balance of flavours.

Course Appetizer, Entree, Starter
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword asian, toast, tofu, vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 230 kcal
Author Alexandra


Vegan Tofu Filling:

  • 1 tsp white chia seeds
  • 3 tsp cold water
  • 250 gm firm tofu Must be firm and not silken tofu *
  • 2 spring onions white and green part separated
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger finely grated
  • 2 tsp soy sauce or gluten-free tamari *
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp vegan oyster sauce *
  • freshly ground black pepper

To Assemble the Toasts:

  • 1 baguette cut to slices around 1 1/2 cm thick * or gluten free bread
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds you may need slightly more *
  • 6 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix the chia seeds with the water and set aside about 15 minutes, until a gel forms.

  2. Put the tofu on several layers of paper towel and pat it dry. It is important to remove as much moisture as possible.*

    Place the tofu in a food processor.

  3. Roughly chop the white part of the spring onion. Finely slice the green part and set aside.

  4. Add the white spring onion, finely grated ginger, along with the tamari/soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, vegan oyster sauce, the chia seed gel and black pepper to the processor. Whizz all the ingredients to a paste then transfer to a bowl.

  5. Add 2 tablespoons of finely sliced green spring onion to the mixture and set aside a little extra for garnish.

    Adjust seasoning to taste if necessary. Refrigerate the mixture for a half hour to help the filling firm.

  6. Spread the filling onto the slices of bread; be generous so there’s plenty of flavour. Sprinkle the filling with sesame seeds, gently pressing them down a little with a spatula.

    If making in advance, refrigerate until ready to cook. *

  7. Pre-heat the oven to 150 Degrees C (300 F).

    Layer three slices of paper towel on an ovenproof plate.

    Heat a large non-stick frying pan with the oil. Heat until a small piece of bread dropped into the oil sizzles.

    Put the toasts in, a few at a time, sesame seed side down.

  8. Fry 1-2 minutes until the sesame seeds become golden.

    Gently and carefully turn the toasts and cook until the bread side is golden brown.*

  9. Place on the prepared plate and put into the oven to keep warm whilst you cook the remainder.

  10. Serve the toasts sprinkled with an easily made Sweet Chilli Sauce or a sauce of your choice. Sprinkle with a little extra finely sliced green spring onion as garnish.

Recipe Notes

The tofu must be firm, not the silken type.

Vegetarian “Oyster” Sauce is made from mushrooms and adds important flavour.

To avoid too much moisture in the mixture, the tofu needs to be as dry as possible.

The toasts can be prepared a day in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator.

The topping is quite fragile so the toasts need to be turned gently and carefully.

If you want to make these gluten-free, ensure your soy/tamari and vegan sauces are gluten-free and spread the topping on some good quality gluten-free bread.

Nutrition Facts
Tofu Sesame Toasts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Sodium 318mg14%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tofu Sesame Toasts
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211 Comments on “Tofu Sesame Toasts”

  1. 5 stars
    I think this recipe could be of interest to anyone, regardless of their lifestyle or dietary choices ? The sesame toasts sound delicious ?

  2. 5 stars
    this recipe is real good! i am not sure but can i use this as patty as well? hahaha. really looks delicious though!

    1. Thank you, Cha! It would need a bit more substance to it to use as a patty – which is why the bread works so well to give it the support 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! X

  3. I love appetizers that you can make in advance. Thanks for including all of the notes with the recipe. That’s super helpful!!

  4. 5 stars
    Yum! I’m always looking for new ways to prepare tofu. I’ll have to give this a try

    1. Hi Josephine!
      Thank you for stopping by 🙂 Don’t worry – I wasn’t a tofu fan either before this recipe. So definitely give it a go. Hopefully it will convert you as it did me! xox

  5. I’ve been a vegetarian for twelve years and now I’m a forced vegan after becoming so lactose intolerant that I can’t have dairy. This is such a great recipe — I will have to try it out.

    Thanks for sharing! x


  6. This looks so great! I am always seeking inspiration for different ways to use tofu. Pinning this one fo sho!

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  8. Ooo this sounds amazing! I’m vegetarian so have never had prawn toast so would love to try an alternative.

  9. 5 stars
    I have tried frying tofu before, but I see now that it has to be dry for better results. I love how easy this recipe looks.

  10. Thank you for putting the nutritional information for the sesame toast on your post. I watch my sodium intake and many recipes do not include the information.

  11. This sounds fantastic. Whenever I host big dinner parties I never know what to serve my one vegetarian friend. So this will be so helpful.

  12. My grocery store had so much tofu for soooo cheap a couple weeks ago and I snagged up as much as I could. I’ve been looking for fun ways to use it up. These toasts will definitely be made this weekend!

    1. Hi Elaine! That makes me so happy to hear, thank you. Love to hear what you think when you make them. Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂 x

  13. This looks so delightful and tasty. I just love everything about this!. This would disappear in no time at our house!.

  14. I’ve tried many times to like tofu, I just can’t do it. But the closest I’ve gotten was when it was fried. I do love Chinese sesame toast, so maybe…

  15. this looks interesting. we don’t normally eat tofu but this would be perfect for my sister in law!

  16. 5 stars
    Whilst I am not vegan or vegetarian, I do quite like tofu and definitely want to give these tofu sesame toasts a try. They look absolutely delicious!

  17. 5 stars
    We like prawn sesame toast but this looks like a great alternatively and very yummy sounding! Going to give it a try! 🙂

  18. 5 stars
    Sweet chili sauce is one of the best to go with something like this. Now I want to try these as apps for game day!

  19. 5 stars
    This looks really good, I love how simple it is 🙂 Also, I never cook with tofu so this recipe is perfect!
    Nolwenn ☀

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  21. 5 stars
    I’ve really been into tofu lately but I’ve never made it pressed with sesame like this. Going right on my list to make!

  22. I would never have thought to do this! This recipe just might be the thing to finally make me a tofu believer! Have to give it a try.

  23. 5 stars
    I’ve seen tofu prepared a lot of ways, but I’ve never seen it like this before. I think I would actually like this version. I have to make it.

  24. 5 stars
    Looks really good and easy to make. I’m putting a few entrees together to make that are vegan friendly. Easy of course is the going word. Thanks for posting! Great!

  25. 5 stars
    Looks interesting health wise and really easy to make. I will also make sure to spread the word! I love your creativity keep it up!

  26. What a fab recipe- this would certainly be perfect for anyone not into prawns, but wanting to try this type of dish. Love that you can shallow fry too ?

  27. Fried tofu is always delicious and this recipe with the extra sesame sounds really tasty! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside… yum

  28. 5 stars
    I’d never have thought to have used tofu in this way but it sounds absolutely delicious. I’m definitely going to be making these for vegan friends when we have prawn toast!

  29. 5 stars
    I love sesame seeds and I have two big jars at home, one with normal and one with black ones. I never knew what to do with them. So that you for this recipe, it’s easy and I’m sure very delicious.

  30. 5 stars
    This is such a great idea. It can be hard to find good vegetarian recipes, but this one looks excellent! Definitely very filling.

  31. Wow this looks really delicious! i must try this one asap ! I am a huuuuuugeeeee tofu fan !
    xx gitte (lifewithdaya)

  32. 5 stars
    That sounds pretty easy to make and looks crunchy! Reminds me of bagel lol, I’ll have to try it out at home next time!

  33. 5 stars
    Wow, so delicious and easy recipe to make for the kids. I am sure my kids will love it like and will make their favorite.

  34. 5 stars
    I love finding a new vegetarian recipe to try. I’m always so scared I am going to mess it up somehow. This looks easy enough for me though. Thanks!

  35. 5 stars
    I have never tried cooking tofu this way and I love the combination of tofu and sesame. Great breakfast

  36. This looks so delightful and tasty. I would love to try making this recipe. This would disappear in no time at our house!

  37. Alexandra those look really divine ! and no wonder everyone is commenting as myself i just showed those to my hubby who said – you are making those on the weekend ::)

  38. I am not a fa of tofu but this seems like an interesting recipe for someone who is. I have a lot of friends going vegan and this would be perfect for them.

    1. I must confess to not being prior to this recipe, also!! 🙂 It is definitely handy to have on hand when you have a vegan or vegetarian coming around. I also have to admit I am now a tofu convert myself 😉

  39. Tofu toast eh!! I never thought I’d say i was gonna eat tofu BUT I actually might make this. Nice work ?

  40. Not a vegan or vegetarian but i would love these with piping hot tea. God, I’m hungry. These food recipes just get me wanting to eat more and more ?

  41. These tofu toasts sound so delicious! I do love sesame seeds. My only problem with tofu is that it always breaks down when I try to fry it in the pan. Any advice for that?

  42. I must admit that I have never really tried tofu. There is something about the texture that has been offputting to me. This might be the recipe for me to give tofu a chance. Firm tofu might be the better way for me to go. I think all of the flavors and the texture from the shallow fry will make me a convert.

    1. Hey Laurie! Thanks for stopping by. I must admit, I haven’t ever been a huge fan of tofu either, but these toasts really did change my mind 🙂 Hope you’ll give them a try!

  43. As a pescaterian I love meat alternatives. Asian cuisines are one of my favorite foods and its good to know pescatarians/vegetarians/vegans like me can enjoy this dish.

  44. Oh Alexandra! The toasts look so yummy and I’d love to serve them with some piping hot red chilli sauce. I always love toasts because they are such a fast meal to prepare.

  45. 5 stars
    Your recipe looks delicious and healthy. And I love tofu! We are used to eating them coz am Asian 😀

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  47. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I have started to explore more of the Chinese cuisine so getting very excited now. Delicious looking toasts!

    1. The added flavours really work well with the tofu; it acts a little like a sponge, absorbing them all. Let me know if I’ve converted you. 🙂

  48. Again an amazing recipe. I love your simple and satisfying recipes. I share them with mom too. We love cooking them.

  49. My boys and I love tofu, and I try to whip up new tofu-based dishes for them whenever I can. This is such an interesting twist to fried tofu. Definitely trying this over the weekend. 🙂

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