Carrot Shira-ae with a Double Dose of Sesame Seeds

Carrot Shira-ae with a Double Dose of Sesame Seeds

This is a shira-ae (mashed tofu with sesame miso sauce) dish with ground sesame and toasted sesame that can be easily made without using a grinding bowl.

Ingredients: 3-4 servings

Firm tofu
1/2 block (150 g)
Toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon
Ground sesame seeds
2 tablespoons
1 1/2 tablespoons
1/3 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon
If using pre-made sesame sauce
Sesame sauce Recipe ID: 2354533
3-4 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon


1. Drain the tofu by breaking it into large pieces and place into a colander. If you're in a hurry, cover it with a small plate!
2. Julienne the carrot and parboil in a pot of boiling water with salt (not listed in the ingredients) to desired tenderness, then drain in a colander.
3. Add the sesame and seasonings to the drained tofu and mix well. There's no need to use a grinding bowl to mix; just stir it with a spoon or fork.
4. To add a bit of color variation, I used black sesame seeds.
5. Once the shira-ae tofu mixture base is well seasoned, add the carrots. Gently toss so the carrots don't break.
6. Go easy on the sugar; the carrot gives a mild and delicious natural sweetness to the shira-ae. Season to taste.
7. [Homemade sesame condiment] You can make a shira-ae tofu mixture base by simply combining this with miso and drained tofu. Recipe ID: 2354533.
8. [Related recipe] Spinach Shira-ae Recipe ID: 2357838.

Story Behind this Recipe

Carefully prepared shira-ae is delicious, but this simply made version turned out surprisingly rustic and tasty If you use a pre-made sesame sauce, it can be quickly seasoned; making it easy to prepare even a gourmet style shira-ae!