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Steamed Silken Tofu with Soy Garlic Sauce

Steamed Silken Tofu with Soy Garlic Sauce

5 from 7 votes
This Steamed Silken Tofu with Soy Garlic Sauce is simple but packed full of flavour from the delicious aromatic sauce. Steaming tofu is one of our go-to ways to prepare tofu at home whenever we’re having congee or just want a hearty side to enjoy with rice and other viands. The sauce is easily customisable and you can of course adjust everything depending on your preferred taste.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Starters
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, East Asian
Servings 2 people
Calories 264 kcal


Silken Tofu

  • 1 lb block silken tofu 450 g (see notes)

Soy Garlic Sauce

For Garnish

  • Chopped spring onions or green onions
  • Chopped coriander/cilantro


  • Drain any excess water form the package of tofu. Carefully remove the tofu from the packaging by flipping it over to a plate. I recommend to use a footed heat proof plate or dish that can withstand high temperatures (oven/microwave-safe).
  • Slice the tofu into 1/2 to 1-inch (1.25 to 2.5 cm) thick pieces. Allow it to sit while you prepare the sauce.
  • For the sauce, simply mix everything into a bowl. The sauce will be quite generous because you want it to soak the tofu.
  • Drain any excess liquid that can seep out from the tofu.
  • Prepare your steamer or a pan. I simply used a pan, added some water, and placed my footed serving dish over the water on the pan. I covered the pan and left the water to boil until it creates a good steam.
  • Leave the tofu to steam for 8-10 minutes.
  • Afterwards, carefully remove the dish from the pan. Be sure to use kitchen mittens since the plate will be hot. Remove excess water from the tofu.
  • Pour over the sauce, garnish the tofu, and enjoy your tofu while it’s hot. You can enjoy this as a hearty side/starter, with rice, congee/porridge, with noodles, or even as-is.



Silken Tofu

  • If you’re using silken tofu in a tube, simply remove the tofu from the tube and slice it into thick 1” (2.5 cm) pieces.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 1264mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg
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