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Stir-Fried Tofu

As you stir-fry this quick-and-healthful dish, the perfume from the warming spices and sesame oil will rejuvenate you after a long day at work or time spent out in the cold. If you can't find extra-firm silken tofu, opt for extra-firm or firm tofu to ensure that the cubes remain intact. Serve with cooked rice.



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1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
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½ tsp. red bean paste, or miso
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½ tsp. white peppercorns, roasted and ground, or ½ tsp. white pepper
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¼ tsp. salt
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¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
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⅛ tsp. ground cloves
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1 Tbs. canola oil
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1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
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1 19-oz. pkg. extra-firm silken tofu, drained and cut into bite-sized pieces
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1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
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1 green onion, finely chopped (2 Tbs.)
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1 tsp. sesame oil


1. Combine soy sauce, bean paste, peppercorns, salt, cayenne, and cloves in small bowl. Set aside.

2. Heat large skillet or wok over medium-high heat 1 minute.
Add oil, let warm 30 seconds, then add garlic. Stir-fry 6 to 7 seconds, or until garlic is pale golden. Add tofu, then add bean paste mixture and ginger. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until tofu is heated through, shaking pan or gently stirring to toss tofu in spice mixture. Stir in green onion and sesame oil. Transfer to bowls, and serve warm.

Nutrition Information: 

6 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
3 g
0 mg
310 mg
<1 g
<1 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

So, yeah, this was really good. I added shiitakes and spinach at the end also. Soaked up the remaining paste mixture by frying up the rice in the emptied skillet. Beware though--this was hot for me and I have what one might call a hot tooth. I liked it, obviously, but was not expecting it to be quite as hot. So, yeah, if you're not cool with hot, take it easy on the cayenne.

never had Tofu can someone tell me what does it taste like

So flavorful and so easy! We're trying to add more tofu to our diets, and this recipe is perfect!

this is not a full; meal... what do i cook with it????

@name: I served it with simple stir-fried vegetables and brown rice.

quick and tasty appetizer

I love love love this tofu recipe. It's just the right amount of spice and hardly takes any time.

When preparing the ingredients, I found my mind thinking "Hey, this looks like it could be pretty spicy." It was. Great taste though. When I make it a second time, I'll be using less than half the amount of cayenne pepper prescribed.

I eat this in a tortilla with veggies!

Im a tofu fan but I dont know many options please add me & send more information ...Thanks a lot !

Love this recepy. One thing was not to clear for me, and for someone who is a starter in the Oriental kitchen, I taught that step : 1. Combine soy sauce, bean paste, peppercorns, salt, cayenne, and cloves in small bowl. Set aside. Did not macht with step 2 where you have to fried/add the same ingreadiants from step 1, one by one into the skillet. Kip the good work.This is going to be one beautiful page to visit for more recepies.