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5 from 9 votes

Vegan Sesame Tofu Dumplings

Dumplings filled with delicious sesame tofu and green onions. Quick, easy and can be steamed or fried!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Author: Lauren Hartmann


  • 1 Block Extra firm tofu
  • 1 Tbsp. Sesame oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp. Sesame seeds, I used half black, and half white
  • 3 Green onions, finely chopped
  • Dumpling wrappers, vegan


  • Press the tofu, lay the block on paper towels, place more paper towels on top and put something heavy on top of that. Press for at least 15 minutes. The longer the better.
  • Once a lot of the water has been pressed out of the tofu, heat a wok or non stick pan on medium high. 
  • Add the sesame oil, the chopped garlic, then crumble the tofu into the pan. Try to get it very fine, but once it is in the pan, you can smash it with a wooden spoon. 
  • Stir fry the tofu for about 3-4 minutes until it starts to get firm and is beginning to get brown. Now add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and agave. Stir to combine and continue to stir fry until the liquid is absorbed, another minute or 2.
  • Now stir in the sesame seeds and green onions. Taste and adjust seasoning. You can add a little more of any of the seasoning if needed. Remove from heat.
  • Then, let the filling cool long enough to be handled. Now fill the dumpling wrappers. 
  • If you are using squares, lay in a diamond shape. Place just a teaspoon or 2 of filling in the center(you don't want to over fill them), then, dip you finger in water, and wet the edges all the way around. Now fold together into a triangle, point to point. Then press to seal. You can leave them like this, or crimp the edges. Whatever you prefer.
  • Make as many as you want, this feeds a crowd, or you can make them all and save some for later. Then steam, add a little water to the bottom of a steamer and bring to a boil, add the dumplings to the basket part and cover, they take about 7-8 minutes to steam. You can serve them like that, or steam and then brown for a minute or two in a pan with a little oil. 
  • Serve immediately with dipping sauces. 


If you don't have a steamer, a veggie steamer will work, or a colander over a pot with a little boiling water will work.