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piece of sesame tofu on a white plate with sauce on top, bite taken out of it

Black Sesame Tofu

  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Black sesame tofu made from sesame seeds, starch and dashi is a umami-rich alternative to tofu with a delicate, custard-pudding like texture. Learn how to make this delicate soy-free tofu easily at home!


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Black Sesame Tofu

Sweet Miso Sauce


Goma Tofu

  1. Dampen a small dish or small container with some water and set aside.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a small pot or saucepan and whisk until mixed together. Place over medium heat and continue to whisk.
  3. Once it begins to thicken, bring the temperature down to low. Switch to a wooden spoon or heat-safe spatula and continue to stir, smushing down any lumps. As it heats up, continue to stir for about 5 minutes or until it looks blobby, glossy and thick (kinda like gooey pudding).
  4. Pour the mixture into prepared moulds and tap it carefully on your kitchen counter to even out the sides and remove any air bubbles. Cover with a damp cloth or wrap and let it come to room temperature. Then transfer to the fridge to set and chill (about 3 hours).

Miso Sauce

  1. Add all the ingredients to a sauce pan and stir over medium heat. Let it come to a light boil and whisk vigorously until it begins to thicken. Turn off the heat and continue to whisk until caramel-like consistency. Transfer to a jar or container and allow it to cool. 


  1. If using a larger mold, cut into desired serving sizes. If using individual molds, you can eat it straight out of the mold or flip it onto a plate. Top with miso sauce or wasabi and soy sauce and enjoy!


  • Helpful Equipment: sauce pan, whisk, spatula, wooden spoon
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer) without miso sauce. 
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, japanese


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 129
  • Sugar: 0.25g
  • Sodium: 78mg
  • Fat: 8.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13.4g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: gomadofu, black sesame tofu, soy free tofu, sesame tofu