Pan-fried Tofu with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce


After I work as a volunteer in Oxfam charity shop, I find people living here love reading very much.  People always donate books, most of them are used but some are new.  There is a great book collection in the shop, including crime, art and history, fiction, science and nature, gardening, cookery and travel, children’s stories and academic references.  This morning a young man, who carried two big suitcases, donated over hundreds of books.  He said some of them were his favorites which have been kept for over 15-20 years. He has to donate them because he will move to a smaller house.  People here have a good sense of recycling, they do not mind buying used books and second-hand items.  I really appreciate what they do.

I was tired after volunteering so I cooked a simple and quick meal last night. I pan-fried tofu with homemade teriyaki sauce, a hot pot of veggie and served with brown rice. 

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serve: 2




  • 150g firm tofu (cut into big pieces, about 1 cm thick)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp corn flour     tofu-with-teriyaki-sauce-1
  • 1 spring onion (chopped)
  • 1 shallot (finely sliced)
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • a pinch of table salt
  • 1 tsp dried skipjack Tuna flakes (optional)


Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp rice wine 
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp corn flour



1. Use a piece of kitchen towel to dry the surface of tofu.  Add a pinch of salt onto a plate and put the tofu on it.  Then add another pinch of salt on the tofu.  Sprinkle the tops with a small amount of corn flour.
2. Heat a non-stick pan over low heat and add olive oil.  Then pan-fry the tops and bottoms of the tofu to a bit golden yellow.
3. In a small mixing bowl, mix all ingredients of the teriyaki sauce well.  Set aside.
4. In the meantime, toss in the shallot and spring onions and pour the well-mixed teriyaki sauce in the pan.  Spoon the sauce on the tops of tofu occasionally until the sauce is thickened. 
5. Place the tofu on the plate and spoon teriyaki sauce around the tofu. Sprinkle with white sesame seeds and dried skipjack tuna flakes on top of tofu.
6. Ready to serve with brown rice.

Tips: It is easy to find the dried skipjack in the Japanese or Asian supermarkets in London.



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