This is my go-to vegetable stir fry. Freezing the tofu first creates a much more firm texture, essentially guaranteeing that it won’t fall apart during the cooking or mixing processes. It also becomes much more spongey, which I like. If you prefer the normal tofu texture, don’t freeze it and handle with care to keep it from scrambling after adding it to the vegetables. This makes a very large amount – feel free to half! Goes perfectly with the Thai yellow curry recipe above.
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Total Time 25minutes
Author Stephanie Stiavetti
1packagefresh organic firm tofufrozen and defrosted
Garlic and wheat-free tamari or soy sauce for marinating
4tablespoonspeanut oil or extra virgin olive oil
5largefresh basil leaves
2stalksfresh lemongrasschopped into long pieces
4wholekafir lime leaves
1largecrooked neck squashchopped
2wholebell pepperssliced, (any color)
Largemung or other bean sprouts
Defrost, drain, and press tofu until it’s quite dry, then cut into 1-inch cubes. Marinate in tamari and garlic overnight, then fry until crispy and set aside. Marinating your tofu in tamari generally means you don’t want to salt your veggies beyond the small amount of tamari that is added, as this will account for almost all the salt you will need.
Heat oil in a wok, adding onions and cooking until translucent. Add garlic and cook for two minutes, then add basil leaves, lemon grass, and lime leaves, cooking for another 2 minutes. Sprinkle in a splash of tamari. Add mushrooms, cooking for 2 minutes, then add zucchini and squash, also cooking for 2 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with lime juice, retaining some for later. Add pepper slices and sprouts, cooking for just 1 minute – you want them to keep their crunch. Sprinkle liberally with lime juice, cook for another 1 minute, and remove from heat. Remove lemongrass stalks and lime leaves.
Add tofu to veggies and douse liberally with curry sauce. Enjoy the euphoria.
Nutritional analysis for the vegetable stir-fry does not include soy sauce or tamari used to marinate tofu.