Vegan Ginger Sesame Noodles with Crispy Tofu

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Wooden serving spoons in a bowl of sesame noodle tofu stir fry

All the flavor and comfort of your favorite noodle stir-fry takeout, but easier than deciding where to order? You bet! This EASY, weeknight-friendly meal is a breeze thanks to one of our favorite kitchen essentials: the sheet pan.

Flavorful seasoned tofu and crispy roasted veggies combine with saucy, gingery sesame noodles for a nourishing, 10-ingredient party in a bowl! Consider dinner planned. Let us show you how it’s done!

Red cabbage, brown rice noodles, maple syrup, lime, tofu, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, toasted sesame oil, green beans, and tamari

Let’s start with the best part: the SAUCE! Made with tamari, avocado (or olive) oil, toasted sesame oil, maple syrup, ginger, chili garlic sauce (or sriracha), and optional lime juice, it’s super savory, a little sweet and nutty, and has a subtle heat!

Whisking together a spicy, savory, gingery sauce

Part of the sauce goes on the tofu to infuse it with flavor and the rest is saved for tossing with the noodles later. P.S. If you love crispy tofu and haven’t gotten on the crumbled tofu train yet, consider this your invitation!

Drizzling a gingery sauce over crumbled tofu on a baking sheet

Next, it’s time for the veggies! Cabbage and green beans go on the same sheet pan as the tofu because extra dirty dishes just kill the fun. A little splash of tamari and a drizzle of avocado oil give them flavor with simplicity!

Hands holding a baking sheet of seasoned crumbled tofu, green beans, and red cabbage

While that combo is in the oven, cook up your favorite noodles (we love brown rice udon noodles for a takeout vibe). Then once the tofu and veggies are crispy and caramelized on the edges, all that’s left is joining everything together and diving in!

Using wooden salad spoons to toss ginger sesame noodles with baked crispy tofu and veggies

We can’t WAIT for you to try this dish! It’s:

SUPER flavorful
& SO delicious!

It’s the perfect meal for when you’re craving something nourishing yet EASY! And while plenty filling on its own, it would also be amazing with our Spicy Garlic Edamame (The Ultimate Appetizer!).

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Large bowl and serving bowls of vegan ginger sesame noodles with crispy tofu

Vegan Ginger Sesame Noodles with Crispy Tofu

An easy sheet pan meal with flavorful seasoned tofu and crispy roasted vegetables tossed with saucy ginger sesame noodles. SO flavorful, gluten-free, plant-based, and just 10 ingredients!
Author Minimalist Baker
Using wooden spoons to toss a bowl of noodle stir-fry
4.85 from 40 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 (Servings)
Course Entrée
Cuisine Asian-Inspired, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days



  • 2 ½ Tbsp tamari (ensure gluten-free as needed)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp avocado (or olive) oil
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger (1-2 inches ginger yields ~1 Tbsp grated)
  • 2-3 tsp chili garlic sauce (or sriracha)
  • 2 tsp lime juice (optional)


  • 1 (14 oz.) package extra-firm tofu
  • 1 ½ cups fresh green beans, ends trimmed, cut into thirds
  • 2 cups red cabbage, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 ½ Tbsp avocado (or olive) oil
  • 1 tsp tamari (ensure gluten-free as needed)


  • 8 oz. brown rice noodles (we like Lotus Foods // or sub other noodles such as buckwheat soba or spaghetti // ensure gluten-free as needed)

GARNISH optional

  • 3 Tbsp thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds


  • Preheat the oven to 425 F (218 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wrap your extra-firm tofu in an absorbent towel. Set something heavy on top — like a cast iron skillet — to press out extra moisture for 15 minutes. Alternatively, use a tofu press.
  • SAUCE: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the tamari, avocado (or olive) oil, toasted sesame oil, maple syrup, grated ginger, chili garlic sauce (or sriracha), and optional lime juice. Set aside.
  • TOFU: Crumble the tofu into pieces less than 1/2 inch in size and arrange them on half of the parchment-lined baking sheet. Pour 1/4 cup of the sauce (60 ml // adjust if altering the default number of servings) over the tofu and toss to evenly coat. Set aside. Place the extra sauce into a serving bowl.
  • VEGGIES: Prepare the vegetables. Chop the green beans into thirds. Cut the cabbage into quarters, remove the core, and cut the quarters into 1/4-inch slices until you have about 2 cups sliced cabbage (adjust amount if altering batch size). Place the vegetables on the other half of the baking sheet next to the tofu. Drizzle the vegetables with oil and tamari and toss to coat, making sure to keep the tofu and vegetables separate.
  • Place the tofu and vegetables into the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, tossing halfway through, until the tofu and vegetables are crispy and lightly browned on the edges.
  • NOODLES: While the vegetables and tofu are baking, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, cook your noodles of choice according to the package instructions. Once done, strain the noodles and set them aside.
  • When the tofu and vegetables are done cooking, remove from the oven and place the vegetables and noodles into the serving bowl that has the extra sauce. Toss well to coat.
  • To serve, top the noodles and veggies with the crispy tofu and garnish with optional sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
  • Best when fresh. Leftovers will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Not freezer friendly.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 476 Carbohydrates: 55.7 g Protein: 20.9 g Fat: 20.7 g Saturated Fat: 2.9 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.9 g Monounsaturated Fat: 8.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 769 mg Potassium: 554 mg Fiber: 4.7 g Sugar: 7.4 g Vitamin A: 50 IU Vitamin C: 21 mg Calcium: 423 mg Iron: 5.3 mg

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  1. Chris Shipman says

    Just made this for dinner tonight. Terrific. A little spice, plenty of vegetables and soba noodles (I subbed out brown rice noodles for soba)
    Perfect easy weeknight dinner. This is a keeper.

  2. Anne says

    So good! I agree that this serves 2 people well for a 1-pot dinner. I ate half and saved half for tomorrow lunch. I replaced tofu with tempeh I had (cut in very small pieces for easy chewing. Loved the crunch!) Added mushrooms i had because YUM. Next will will either roast veggies 5-7 minutes less OR make cabbage shreds wider. What I made shriveled up to nothing :-). I MIGHT make another 1/8 cup of that delicious sauce so all the noodles get coated well.

  3. Molly says

    This sounds amazing and can’t wait to make it – my one question is why do you think it would not be freezer friendly? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Molly, we think the noodles would become mushy and the veggies would become watery. Hope you enjoy it! xo

  4. Kristen S Aeikens says

    Quick, easy and delicious! I subbed in Udon noodles because the store was out of the other, and used green beans from our garden that we blanched and froze last fall. The sauce was spot on and the tofu and cabbage crisped up nicely. I did use convection to roast everything. We garnished with roasted black sesames and spicy chili crisp. We loved it and added it to our monthly meal rotation. Very versatile dish.

  5. Dom says

    I think I will add this in as a regular mid week dinner. Quick and easy to make. While eating I did think how easy it would be for this to work with other veggies so good to get the confirmation from other comments! The sauce is particularly good – I have since made it to use as a sauce for other dishes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you enjoy the recipe and love that you’ve been experimenting with the sauce in other dishes. Thanks you for sharing, Dom! xo

  6. Kelly says

    Delicious – used frozen stir-fry veggie blend as suggested by some others just to speed things up and threw in a handful of baby spinach at the end for some extra greens. Will definitely make again.

  7. Chelsea says

    I made this, but I skipped the tofu and cabbage(because I didn’t have any) and I added mushrooms and peppers, as well as using rice noodles (pad Thai kind). It was very good! would love to try it with the tofu, but im not a fan of cabbage so I’d probably skip it again and do mushrooms again. Thank you!!

  8. Moira says

    Just another great recipe from minimalist baker! I wish I had posted sooner since I’ve made this at least 10 times. I always double the recipe because I love leftovers! I like to minimize oil in cooking so I substitute olive oil with more tahini. Thank you for this recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! We’re so glad it’s on repeat for you, Moira. Thank you for the lovely review! xo

  9. Nicole says

    I loved this! I doubled the sauce and the noodles (used a whole standard size rice noodle package, which I think is around 16 oz) but kept the tofu and veggies (purple cabbage, white onion and carrot – what I had on hand) the same. Next time I might even triple the sauce! I didn’t have limes and so used rice vinegar in the sauce and it turned out well.

  10. Darcie says

    This is absolutely delicious. Based on some other reviews (and wanting some leftovers) I upped to 6 servings. I used buckwheat soba noodles which I had never has before and was so happy with how simple and delicious they were. I did more veggies than called for, so I ended up doing the tofu on one cookie sheet and green beans and cabbage on a second cookie sheet. 2023 was the year I discovered Chili Crisp (life changing) and now I sub it in place of anything “hot” like sriracha. Aside from using light soya sauce (not Tamari) that is the only alteration I made to the recipe. I thought green beans and purple cabbage would be weird, but I’m so glad I just trusted the recipe. So good. Will 100% be making this again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Darcie! Thank you so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nancy, Are you looking for a vegan alternative only? If so, you could add more veggies (cauliflower would be lovely)! If not, other readers have reported success using chicken.

  11. Arleen says

    So delicious and easy! Used frozen stir fry veggies cuz I was out of fresh and it still came out great. Will definitely be making again.

  12. Katie says

    This recipe is SO delicious and easy to make! The sauce and sheet pan method are the shining stars. I’ve made it with other veggies (cauliflower, for example) and used the sauce on chicken too and it gets rave reviews from everyone I share it with. Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  13. Chris says

    Quick, easy recipe perfect for a weeknight! The sauce was very tasty. One thing to note – the portion sizes are extremely small. I would definitely recommend doubling the veggies, noodles, and sauce, even for just two adults if you want to have leftovers.

  14. Tony Chamberlain says

    Tried this recipe for the first time last night, result….fantastic. Great flavour combinations and perfect for Tofu. I doubled the quantity of the Tamari sauce as the rice noodles I buy in the UK really absorb the sauce and it worked a treat. I only cooked the veggies for 25 mins to ensure they remained crunchy. When we’re in the US we always but lotus brown rice noodles, but they’re expensive to buy here. I’m currently researching your site for more yummy recipes. Thanks Tony

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Tony! Thank you for your kind words and lovely review! We’re excited to see which recipes you try next :)

  15. Sammy says

    I decided to make this on a whim but wasn’t sure if it would be my favorite. Cabbage is pretty good but not a favorite vegetable, but I trusted the recipe and I’m so glad I did. It turned out amazing. This meal came together quickly and the sauce was entirely ingredients I already had at home. It was easy to make (love sheet pan recipes!) and was absolutely delicious. The green beans and red cabbage added a lot of beautiful color to the dish, and they tasted great. Definitely adding this one to my dinner rotation!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you gave it a try and enjoyed the result, Sammy! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

  16. Taylor says

    This is so good. Make it weekly. We love it. We add mushrooms, extra ginger, and use soba noodles. Perfection.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Taylor! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  17. Jessie says

    This sounds so yummy! Curious if the sesame oil should specifically say on the bottle “toasted?” . . . what I have doesn’t seem to indicate this. Will it compromise the taste? Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jessie, if it’s dark in color vs. clear, it’s toasted sesame oil! Toasted sesame oil will have a lovely sesame flavor, while untoasted doesn’t have much flavor.

  18. Debbie says

    This recipe (Ginger-sesame noodles with crispy tofu) is absolutely a winner. Made at last minute—and had most everything here—except purple cabbage.
    Meal was over the top—in appearance and flavor. Looked complicated he but not at all.
    Can’t even describe how your recipes have refreshed and revitalized my cooking. This is the best website for anyone who wants to create gourmet meals with less time and excellent nutrional quality and flavor.
    Thjs one did not disappoint. I used Kojac noodles and they were a perfect match! Thank-you!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for your kind words and support, Debbie! We’re so glad you enjoyed it! xo

  19. Elisha says

    This was DELICIOUS!!! Loved how crispy the crumbled tofu was – my husband said it’s probably the best tofu he’s ever eaten. I agree!! One note on serving size: I would say that the recipe (as written) makes a good lunch or dinner for *2* adults (rather than 4). When I make this again for my family of 4, I’ll definitely plan to double it. Also, I used prepackaged “Thai Wheat Noodles” from Trader Joe’s (1 package per recipe as written, heat up in microwave); that made the noodle part super simple :-)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed it, Elisha! Thank you for your feedback!

  20. Sarah says

    This recipe is fantastic, exactly as written. So flavorful and easy to make. Thanks for a new weeknight staple!

  21. Bonnie Fernandes says

    Re pressing tofu: I wash my hands and use them as a fast tofu press. It’s fast, easy, fun, can be done directly over the sink, and I wash my hands so much anyway…and I don’t have room on my counter to dedicate to flattening things. :) You just have to be gentle with the tofu.
    I haven’t made this particular dish yet (but I hope to because it sounds wonderful), but I have pressed a lot of tofu to bake for a very picky child…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Bonnie! Let us know what you think of the recipe if you give it a try!

  22. Michelle says

    Excellent flavors! Perfect balance of sweet and spicy. I doubled the sauce amount because I had extra vegetables I needed to use (carrots, red peppers). I had asian long beans on hand, so used those for the green beans (same flavor, different texture). Half of the sauce went on the tofu and veggies while roasting and the other half went over the noodles. This is the first time I’ve crumbled tofu and baked it, and it won’t be the last – great texture and flavor without having to marinate for hours. Love it when my picky 9-year-old comes in the house and says, “something smells good!” Thanks for another great recipe, MB

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Michelle! Thanks so much for the lovely review. xo

  23. Cindy says

    WOW. I’ve made this recipe several times now and it is a HIT! Great for feeding a crowd. It got devoured by vegans and meat-eaters alike. So flavorful, fast, easy, and satisfying!

  24. alei says

    Hello MB, another great recipe, healthy, easy and ooohh so tasty, my meat eater son’s enjoyed it so much for meatless Monday! I followed the recipe as it is, the only change, I used kale instead of cabbage, I added it to the roasting pan 10 minutes before the finish time and it came out great! Thank you for all the great recipes :)

  25. Jane says

    Made this for the first time tonight, followed the recipe exactly apart from adding extra ginger (I didn’t measure it, just grated what I had) and using gf soba noodles in place of brown rice noodles. Husband and I both liked it; it’s easy, tasty, quick, healthy, and economical.

    Strongly suspect I’ll be making this again!

  26. Kayleigh says

    Wowowowowowowow!!!! This dish is just sooo good. *chefs kiss*. I feel like no matter how many Asian dishes I make the flavor just always falls short. This dish shine’s beautiful color and sings on your palate. Bravo! This will be in my normal rotation for many weeks in the future.

  27. Marissa says

    I made this tonight and it was excellent! So easy which felt really nice but so much flavor! I have to agree with the last comment that I made this recipe as stated and only got two portions but I was fine with that. Thank you for the great and easy recipe!

  28. Megan says

    This was really easy to make, but way too spicy for me. I only used *half* of the *lower-end* recommendation for chili-garlic sauce, and that was still too much! Only other thought is that the portions/servings seemed off? Usually I make 8 servings of recipes so that I can get about a week’s worth of dinners (usually ~6 nights). But making 8 servings of this recipe only got me dinner for 4 nights. Not sure what’s going on there!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Megan, what brand of chili garlic sauce were you using? We like Huy Fong, which should give this a kick, but not be super spicy. Perhaps the brand you used was spicier? 1 serving is about 476 calories, which is a lighter meal! Perhaps your energy needs were higher, based on individual needs, activity level, etc.

  29. Amber says

    This was absolutely delicious! Used 1 lb fresh pad thai noodles (for 3 servings), doubled the sauce, and only cooked the tofu and veggies for 20 mins (and the tofu could have probably been pulled out after 15 mins). I also pressed the tofu for around 5 hours since I like to get as much liquid out as possible so it can really soak up whatever sauce is going on it. Will definitely make this again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love it! Thanks so much for the great review and for sharing your modifications, Amber!

  30. Michelle C. says

    I made this tonight and it was the first time trying torn/crumbled tofu instead of cubed. We both loved the texture of the tofu. It was fluffier yet chewier at the same time. The little bits were especially satisfying.

    It was also the first time I’ve done cooked red cabbage of any kind. I use it in slaw and salad, but was concerned about it cooked since DH doesn’t like cooked cruciferous veg (broccoli, cauliflower, and the very evil Brussels sprouts). It reminded us of charred, grilled onions in terms of texture.

    I would love to see you develop a finely crumbled, crispy tofu version of taco “meat” – similar to the texture of browned ground beef – the chew of those little bits of crispy torn tofu. And ditto for sloppy Joes.

  31. Catherine says

    One of the favorite meals from Minimalist Baker, which is saying a LOT. Because I love MB. This was straightforward, healthy, and so delicious! Thanks for expanding on your genius crispy tofu!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Catherine. Thank you so much for your kind words and support! xo

  32. Sam says

    I would make again. Next time will use half the tofu, or just double(or even triple) the cabbage and green beans and sauce, and double the noodles. Way too much tofu for me even though I eat it all the time. Also will double or triple the ginger too, as a big ginger fan.

  33. Sarah says

    This is amazing!! 🤩🤩🤩 Just happened to pick up green beans Monday, but only had about a cup of red cabbage. Used shrimp I already had out, and also used sriracha. The flavors are outstanding! I only tossed the shrimp with a couple tablespoons of sauce (and only added them for the last 5 mins, turning after 3) so had plenty for the whole dish. Will look for brown rice udon/noodles, but the linguini I had worked. Will absolutely be having this on the regular!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Sarah!

  34. Chloe LaGrand says

    This was really delicious and super easy! I added extra veggies – a bit more cabbage and some shiitake mushrooms. And the tofu I baked in my air fryer instead of with the veggies. I also doubles the sauce after I read a few comments and it was just enough, especially with a little more veggies I put in. I didn’t have garlic chili so used sriracha and grated some garlic l to mix in with the sauce. Delicious! Overall this recipe was simple, low clean up and yummy!

  35. Mel Windsor says

    This was AMAZING!! ❤️ I needed to use up a bunch of random veggies in the fridge and chopped them accordingly…soooooooo goooooood! Would like to try again, cutting back on some oil, but there’s so little fat in the recipe, I’m just so happy with the whole thing! Will be making this again and again! Another win! 👏❤️👏

  36. Jes says

    This was SO good! I ran out of garlic chili sauce so did the sriracha sub and added a clove of garlic and it was amazing. Leftovers were extra good today – thanks for another amazing recipe, Dana!

  37. Carol M says

    I made this recipe as it was and I love it!! The only change I might increase the vegetables slightly. Shared with my friends already and will make again soon!

  38. Patty says

    I made this with buckwheat soba noodles. It was delicious, even better the next day for leftovers. Note that my tofu did not turn out crispy (I did press it under a cast iron frying pan) but it was tasty anyway. I recommend garnishing with something called “chili crisp”–adds a little zing to it but honestly, the next day I forgot to add it and the dish was still delicious.

  39. Katy says

    Made this tonight. So tasty. I have a small Breville oven, so it took two batches to bake everything. I did end up doubling the sauce – i basted the tofu several times to up the flavor and it came out perfectly. Will be adding this to my rotation!

  40. Jill says

    This will be in heavy rotation. Just 2 veg to buy and everything else is pretty much a pantry staple. Simple to throw together
    with restaurant quality flavor, and the crispy tofu is mind blowing. Thank you thank you.

  41. KJ says

    Even the icky picky in my house loved this one!!! Thank you…Our family has both meat and not meat eaters, so I also made a chicken one the same way for those in the fam who eat meat and they loved it too….

  42. Rachel says

    I used this recipe as a jumping-off point for a delicious meal using what I had on hand. I subbed broccoli and red onion for green beans and cabbage, and then did crumbled tempeh stovetop with ginger and garlic. The sauce and noodles I did as written. It was great, and I’m sure would be good as written, too.

  43. karen says

    this recipe calls for a total of 1/2cup of liquid (at most) and uses 1/4cup (half) to roast the tofu. 1/4 cup to mix all together, for me comes out much too dry. i can double your liquid recipe or perhaps you have another suggestion? thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Karen, the rest of the sauce gets used in step 8 to coat everything and make it saucy. Did you do that?

    • Kate Mooneyham says

      I loved the flavor, but found myself with way too much noodle for my taste, even though I made some extra cabbage. I’d probably skip the noodles next time, and serve with brown rice.