This is adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe from Jan 2011 – just noticed it’s from Melissa Clark – I’m a new fan of hers!  I’m teaching myself to cook without meat and this way of making tofu was a hit with my carnist husband and older daughter.

14 – 16 oz. extra-firm tofu

soy sauce

toasted sesame oil

rice vinegar

canola or peanut oil

about ¼ cup finely chopped green onion or shallot

2 – 4 tablespoons finely chopped garlic

1 – 2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

Drain tofu and cut into bite sized cubes.  Layer with paper towels on a plate and let stand while you prep the vegetables.

6 – 8 cups sliced vegetables, including:

carrots, peeled or scrubbed and sliced thin

celery stalks, sliced thin

broccoli stalks, peeled and sliced thin

cabbage, sliced thin

broccoli florets, bite sized

baby bok choy, outer leaves removed and sliced thin

kale or chard, stems removed and sliced thin

4 – 6 cups cooked brown rice

handful of toasted sesame seeds

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil and ½ teaspoon vinegar.

Pat top of tofu dry, then toss in a plastic bag (or a bowl) with enough cornstarch to coat on all sides.

Pour about ½ inch of canola or peanut  oil in a wok, swirl in about a tablespoon of seasame oil and heat until its very hot without smoking.  Fry tofu cubes in two batches, until golden and crispy on all sides.  Drain on paper towels, and then reserve on a plate and brush with the soy sauce mixture.

Once all of the tofu is cooked, pour off all but about a tablespoon of the oil, add another tablespoon of sesame oil and reheat wok to medium high.  Add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add another couple tablespoons of soy sauce and about a tablespoon of vinegar, then add the more dense vegetables (carrots, celery, broccoli stalks) and stir fry for a couple minutes.  Add broccoli florets and/or cabbage, stir fry a few more minutes.  Add bok choy and/or greens (in batches if necessary) and stir fry a few more minutes.  If broccoli is not cooked enough, turn heat down and steam by covering with a lid for a few more minutes.  Then, add tofu to skillet and gently toss in.

Serve on a platter over brown rice, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.



10 responses to this post.

  1. This looks great and I will try it! When I make tofu, I slice it in half, put it in between paper towels, and put an iron skillet on top to press the liquid out. I like the texture that results.


    • I will try that! I did put a cookbook on top once but it got a little damp:) Wish me luck as I try to not eat meat with my meat grilling husband not along for the ride…


  2. Yum! I love stir fry recipes 🙂


  3. Man that sounds good. It’s not so difficult to cook veggie and meat-eater meals together, *especially* if your husband will grill for himself. You can make stir-fries, soups, casseroles, salads and so on that he can eat as his side dish. Or he can grill chicken breasts, shred them, and add to his own bowl of soup. I think you’ll do okay.


    • Good ideas. I think he just has to get over being grumpy about it, including the fact that I’ve “taken our daughter with me”. She was his adventurous eating buddy. But hopefully they’ll be adventurous eating vegetables together…


  4. What a great recipe! I’ve tried throwing tofu into my stir fries before but if kind of falls apart as I am a vigorous stirer. (LOL). The step of coating to with the cornstarch first and frying and then removing it from the pan is probably the answer. Thanks!!


    • Yes, it gives the tofu a texture that I like, especially if you cut it into smaller bite cubes. I’ve not been a big fan of tofu before, because of the texture, so this helped me a lot.


  5. I love easy stir fries like this. It’s easy to substitute or mix and match whatever veggies you have on hand. I sometimes toss cubes of tofu in a bowl of sesame seeds, salt and pepper before frying them.. the seeds get seared right onto the tofu so you have added flavor with every bite.


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