CitrusLove: Sesame Crusted Tofu with Kale Satsuma Stir Fry

Lately, convenience has been something of a necessity for me. That being said, stir fries are one of my favorite things to make when I’m short on time and imagination. I find that tofu has made its way into more of my meals, which is still only occasionally, and I’ve had fun preparing it different ways. I almost feel like I am taking online culinary arts classes!

For my second #citruslove post of the month, I have this well-rounded meal that’s packed with tons of Vitamin C, Iron, Fiber and Protein; not to mention flavor! Curry is one of my favorite spice blends, paired with sesame seeds, sweet satsuma Mandarin oranges, hot pepper and onion, you’ve got a winning combination.

Servings: 1


  • Half of a Block of Extra Firm Organic Tofu, Sliced into 3 or 4 Pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Panko or Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Curry Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Red and Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt


  • 1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Cup White Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 tsp. Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup Hard Packed Kale, Destemmed and Chopped
  • 2 Small Satsuma Mandarin Oranges, Peeled Deseeded and Pulled Apart
  • Pinch of Red Pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. Unpackage tofu, drain water, wrap in towel and press for 15 minutes or until just a little damp (you don’t want it completely dry). While it’s pressing, move along with the sauté.
  2. In a medium or large pan warm 1 tbsp. Sesame Oil over medium heat. Once hot, place onions in the pan and sauté the onions until nearly clear. Add sesame seeds, and kale sauté until the kale is a little wilted and bright green. Lastly, add in the satsumas, red pepper and salt; cook for an additional 3 minutes, stirring every minute or so.
  3. Plate the sauté, and without cleaning the pan set it aside for a moment. Mix the Panko/Bread crumbs, sesame seeds, curry powder, onion powder, black & red pepper, and sea salt in a small bowl. Pour it onto a small plate, press the tofu slices firmly into the mixture (wet the outer edges slightly if the mixture isn’t sticking).
  4. When the pan is warmed over medium heat, again, add the additional 2 tbsp. of sesame oil and pan fry the crusted tofu and cook for 2 minutes on each side. When crispy and golden, plate atop the sauté and serve warm. Garnish with Sriracha or a touch of Liquid Aminos.

Between the warm, sweet satsumas and the spicy, crispy tofu the combinations of textures and flavors are sure to dance upon your palette. Double the recipe and share it with someone special, or someone who you want to impress!

Please join in on the #citruslove fun by linking up any citrus recipe from the month of January 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #citruslove event! The twitter hashtag is #citruslove :) .


22 Comments on “CitrusLove: Sesame Crusted Tofu with Kale Satsuma Stir Fry

  1. Lovely use of Tofu and satsumas here!Healthy and delicious!So glad to be doing Citruslove with you 🙂

    • Yes, citruslove has been a complete blast so far! Satsumas are one of my favorite citrus fruits. 🙂

    • Thanks! Next I have a breaded BAKED recipe, even healthier! 😀 Woohoo, #citruslove!

  2. This is a wonderful tofu recipe and I will make it this weekend. I had tofu sitting in fridge and now know it will be dinner tomorrow:) gorgeous for #citruslove

    • Let me know how you like it! If you take some photos, I’d gladly share them on here or my facebook! 🙂

  3. What a delicious combination using the satsumas with the tofu and kale! Such a bounty of flavors – wish I could taste! Great co-hosting #citruslove with you!

  4. I really need to start cooking with tofu and I will if this is the type of dish possible! I love the way you prepared the tofu then your bed of kale and citrus – perfect! This one’s been bookmarked! Thanks for sharing.

  5. This was a great recipe… I was skeptical about the Satsumas but they turned out to be awesome. Cheers!

    • I’m excited to hear that you tried it out, and even more so that you enjoyed it! 🙂

  6. Awww, YAY! I love finding fun tofu recipes. My husband and I love eating tofu, but really don’t know how to cook with it. I have had some serious failures, LOL! This looks sooooo good! Take care, Terra

    • I think that you could definitely use less oil, or if you want to take it even further in being healthier, you could bake it for roughly 15 minutes at 350°F or until the crust starts to brown. You’d probably have to flip it half way, too. If you try out that method, let me know how it goes! And thank you for the picture! 🙂

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