Silken Tofu with Spicy Soy Dressing


Discover the exquisite simplicity of Silken Tofu with Spicy Soy Dressing, a dish that epitomizes the elegance and subtlety of Asian cuisine. This minimalist masterpiece pairs the delicate, creamy texture of silken tofu with a vibrant, spicy soy dressing, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that is both refreshing and invigorating. Garnished with green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, this dish serves as a perfect appetizer, side, or light meal, offering a healthful yet flavorful journey for the palate.

Silken Tofu with Spicy Soy Dressing

Preparation and Cooking Times:

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 80 kcal
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 300mg


  • 1 block (300g or 10.5 oz) silken tofu, drained
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Tofu: Carefully remove the silken tofu from its package, trying not to break it. Slice the tofu into equal portions and place them gently on the serving plates.
  2. Make the Spicy Soy Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar, chili flakes, minced garlic, and grated ginger until well combined.
  3. Garnish and Serve: Drizzle the spicy soy dressing generously over the silken tofu. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds for garnish.
  4. Serve Immediately: Enjoy this dish chilled or at room temperature, allowing the flavors to meld together for a few minutes before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Handle silken tofu with care as it is very delicate and can easily break apart.
  • For an extra kick, add a dash of wasabi or a spoonful of chili oil to the dressing.
  • To enhance the nutty flavor, lightly toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan until golden.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the dressing in advance, but it's best to assemble the dish just before serving to maintain the tofu's texture.

How do I store leftovers?

Silken tofu is best enjoyed fresh. However, any leftover dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can I add other toppings?

Absolutely! Feel free to top with crushed peanuts, cilantro, or a sprinkle of Sichuan peppercorns for added texture and flavor.

As you savor the last bite of Silken Tofu with Spicy Soy Dressing, let the dish's understated elegance and complex flavors inspire you to explore more of the rich tapestry of Asian cuisine. This dish stands as a testament to the beauty of simplicity, proving that sometimes, the most memorable flavors come from the most modest ingredients. May this be just the beginning of a culinary adventure that delights and surprises you at every turn.