This Vegan Tofu Stir Fry is bursting with a rainbow of color and flavor! Perfect for a one-pot weeknight dinner! This quick and healthy vegetable stir fry gets ready in less than 30 minutes. Be sure to watch the video!
What is stir-frying?
Stir-Frying is a Chinese technique of cooking food quickly in a wok with hot oil.
In China, it began to appear in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) but has really only gained worldwide popularity in the last century, as it has spread west, and well beyond Chinese communities.
Today we see stir-frying everywhere – at home, as kits in supermarkets, in restaurants, and as take-out.
Why is stir-frying so good?
Your vegetables retain their nutrients! We know that as you cook vegetables, the nutritional value decreases. In a stir fry, you don’t need to cook the veggies very long. Less cooking + optimal flavor = healthy win!
You can clean out your fridge! In this stir-fry recipe, I use green beans, broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers, and zucchini, but stir-fries are a great way to use up leftover vegetables in the fridge.
It’s healthy, gluten-free, and vegan! Stir-fries are mostly vegetables with herbs, spices, and a little soy sauce. There isn’t much oil or flour used, keeping the calories low for a huge volume of food.
It’s quick & easy! Prep = 15 minutes, cooking = 15 minutes. The trickiest part is draining the tofu (which isn’t hard at all!).
The main ingredients for making tofu stir fry are firm tofu, red and yellow peppers, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, onion, and celery.
For the sauce, you will need – garlic, ginger, red chili, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger sauce, red chili sauce, vegetable stock, salt, and pepper.
Equipment: You will need a towel to squeeze out the extra moisture from the tofu, a mixing bowl to season the tofu, a Wok or non-stick pan to cook in, a heat-safe spatula to flip the tofu, and stir the ingredients, chopping board & knife.
How to prepare the Tofu
(follow step-by-step instructions as shown in the image below)
First of all, press the tofu firmly with a towel. You can use a cloth or paper towel (image 1).
Then, cut the tofu into cubes.
In a bowl, season the tofu cubes with salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Mix well, making sure the tofu is evenly coated.
Heat 2 of the 4 tablespoon of sesame oil in a non-stick pan, and cook the tofu until it’s crispy on all sides, using the heatproof spatula to flip (image 4).
Tofu Stir Fry Recipe Variations
Can I use other vegetables? Yes! Other vegetables that work well in tofu stir fry are:
- yellow summer squash
- sugar snap peas
- bean sprouts
- water chestnuts
- bok choy
- baby corn
- Brussels sprouts.
Feel free to suggest more options in the comments below!
Meal Prep Tips
This Vegan Tofu Stir fry is great to make in bulk and store for lunch or dinner for the week!
Here are a few ideas on making this work for you:
Double the recipe! This recipe serves 4 people, doubling it would make 8 servings. I would freeze half and use it a couple of weeks later for an easy weeknight meal.
Take this dish to work for lunch! After you’ve finished cooking, separate the Vegan Tofu Stir Fry (plus a side of rice or noodles if desired) into 4 microwave-safe containers and, when cool, put their lids on and pop them in the fridge.
When you’re going to work, if the container is going to be in a warm environment for more than 2 hours, pack an ice pack with the container to keep it fresh.
To reheat, simply warm tofu stir fry in a microwave until it’s piping hot.
How do I store this stir fry?
Fridge: After the tofu stir fry has completely cooled, store it in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Freezing: After the stir fry has completely cooled, store it in a freezer bag or container for up to 3 months. The veggies may become fairly soft after freezing, but the flavor will still be amazing!
The best way to enjoy this tofu stir fry is with aromatic jasmine rice. You can serve it with any other variety of rice as well.
For a complete vegan dinner, I serve it with a quick fried, chili oil noodles, or pineapple fried rice.
Store the leftover stir fry in the refrigerator. It remains fresh and good for consumption for 2 – 3 days. Reheat in a stir-frying pan or microwave.
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Vegan Tofu Stir Fry Recipe
- 200 gram fresh tofu, cut into cubes
- ½ Cup roughly chopped red onion
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
- 1 tablespoon chopped celery stalk
- 5 – 6 green beans, cut into half lengthwise
- ½ Cup broccoli florets
- ½ Cup red bell pepper diced
- ½ Cup zucchini cut into cubes
- ½ Cup yellow bell pepper cut into cubes
- 4 tablespoon sesame oil or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon chilli garlic sauce or Sriracha sauce
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- ½ Cup vegetable stock or broth
Ingredients For Garnish:
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoon spring onion greens
- Firmly press the tofu with a paper towel to drain all the moisture/water. Make sure tofu is completely dry. Then cut into cubes.
- Combine salt, black pepper, half a tablespoon soy sauce, and tofu in a bowl. Mix nicely.
- Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan. Fry the tofu cubes till crisp from both sides. Transfer to a plate lined with an oil absorbing paper. Set it aside.
Prepare Stir Fry:
- In a Chinese wok heat remaining oil and swirl to coat the wok with oil.
- Add ginger, garlic, red chili, celery stalk, and red onion. Stir fry for 10 – 20 seconds to release the aroma of herbs.
- Then add veggies one by one and stir-fry on high heat. Cook for 5 -7 minutes, stirring the skillet. When the vegetables have a shining layer and softened a bit, add the sauces and the stock. Stir to combine.
- Add the crispy tofu cubes. Mix. Cook the stir-fry for 3 – 5 minutes or till the sauce thickens a bit. When veggies are cooked to your preferred doneness, remove from heat.
- If you prefer, add spring onion greens and sesame seeds for garnishing.
- Tofu Veggie Stir Fry tastes best with steamed jasmine rice or chilli garlic noodles.
- Make sure tofu is completely dry before frying. Else, it might not turn crispy and stick to the pan.
- Do not cook the vegetables for too long. They will lose the color and crunch.
- To thicken the sauce, you can use cornflour or any other gluten-free thickening agent as well.
- Instead of tofu you can use paneer (cottage cheese), shrimps, boneless chicken, or fish.