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Rice Noodles with Baked Tofu and Broccoli


Use crunchy interior of broccoli stalks in addition to florets by simply standing stalks on end and slicing down to remove fibrous outer layer.

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Tofu is a versatile ingredient easily transformed from bland to flavorful. Pressing tofu releases excess water, resulting in a crispier final product. Wait to cook noodles until tofu and broccoli are almost finished; they typically cook in 2–3 minutes. 

Recipe Type: Lunch
Author: Genevieve Doll   
Servings: Serves 4


  • 14 ounces extra-firm tofu 
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon sesame oil, divided 
  • 3 tablespoons tamari, plus more for serving 
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, divided 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice 
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger 
  • 1½ pounds broccoli 
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 (8-ounce) box rice noodles 
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish 
  • Lime wedges, for garnish 
  • Red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Press tofu by placing on a paper towel–lined plate. Lay another paper towel over tofu; cover with a plate and an object such as a can, for weight.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together ¼ cup sesame oil, tamari, 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, garlic, lime juice and ginger.
  4. Remove tofu from press, and dry one last time with paper towel. Cut tofu into ½-inch cubes. Add to bowl with marinade; stir to coat. 
  5. Slice broccoli into florets. Add to tofu, and stir to combine. Transfer to baking sheet. Roast about 20 minutes, until tofu and broccoli begin to crisp.
  6. While tofu and broccoli are roasting, in a small bowl whisk together remaining tablespoon sesame oil, remaining teaspoon toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar and salt.
  7. Bring a medium pot of water to boil, and add rice noodles; cook 2–3 minutes, until soft. Drain, and rinse briefly with cold water. Return to pot, and stir in sesame oil dressing.
  8. Serve tofu and broccoli over a bed of noodles, and garnish with sesame seeds and a lime wedge. Serve with additional tamari and red pepper flakes on the side.


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