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Crusted Tofu Bite Recipe with Wakame & Lime

Crusted Tofu Bite Recipe with Wakame & Lime

This crusted tofu bite with lime is based on a recipe by Chef Ottolenghi. It is a delight for the eyes and palate due to the beautiful flavour and texture combinations these ingredients bring.

Serves 4

Prep time 30 mins, cooking itme 15 minutes



  • 45g dried Wakame seaweed
  • 40g panko breadcrumbs
  • Grated zest of 2 small limes
  • 2½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp black (or white) sesame seeds
  • 15g coriander leaves
  • 250g firm tofu, cut into 2cm chunks
  • 35g plain flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • About 100ml sunflower oil, for frying
  • Kelp Salt
    For the dressing:
    • 1 tbsp lime juice

    • 1 tsp sesame oil

    • 1 tsp sriracha chilli sauce (or Tabasco to taste)

    • 2 tsp rice-wine vinegar

    • 2 tbsp groundnut oil (or sunflower oil)


    1. Soak the Wakame in tepid water for a few minutes (will re-hydrate 3-5 minutes) then squeeze excess moisture and set aside. 
    1. Whisk together the lime juice, sesame oil, sriracha, vinegar and an eighth of a teaspoon of salt. Slowly pour in the groundnut oil bit by bit, whisking as you do so, until fully combined and emulsified. Set aside.
    2. Lightly crush the coriander seeds, then put them in a bowl with the panko breadcrumbs, lime zest and sesame seeds. Add half a teaspoon of salt and mix well. Toss the tofu first in the flour, then in the egg and finally in the breadcrumb mixture, making sure it’s well coated all over.
    3. Heat the oil in a medium frying pan over a medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add half the breaded tofu and fry it for four to five minutes, turning so it goes golden-brown and crisp all over. Remove with a slotted spoon, transfer to a kitchen paper-covered plate and keep warm while you cook the remaining tofu (you may find you need to add a little more oil to the pan).
    4. Put the Wakame in a large bowl with the coriander leaves. Pour over the dressing and stir. Divide between the plates, top with the fried tofu and serve at once.

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