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Simple Tofu Stir Fry



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Tofu Stir Fry

In this blog post, we're all about making delicious and nutritious meals without the fuss. We'll explore the goodness of tofu, its versatility in stir fry dishes, and the best types to choose for your culinary adventures. Plus, I'll share some mouthwatering variations to spice up your stir fry game. Get ready to stir, fry, and savor every bite! 1. Benefits of Tofu: Are you looking for a nutritious addition to your diet? Tofu has got you covered! Not only is it an excellent source of plant-based protein, but it also boasts a range of essential nutrients. From calcium for strong bones to iron for healthy blood, tofu offers a variety of health benefits. Moreover, it's cholesterol-free, making it a heart-healthy choice for those watching their cholesterol levels.

2. Versatility of Tofu Stir Fry: Wondering what makes tofu stir fry so special? Its versatility! Whether you prefer bold Asian-inspired flavors or crave something with a Mediterranean twist, tofu stir fry can cater to your taste preferences. You can easily customize it with your favorite vegetables, sauces, and seasonings, making it a go-to dish for busy weeknights or leisurely weekend meals.

3. Choosing the Right Tofu: When it comes to stir fry, selecting the right type of tofu is key to achieving the perfect texture. Extra-firm tofu is your best bet, as it holds its shape well during cooking and absorbs flavors beautifully. Look for brands that offer organic or non-GMO options for added peace of mind.

Ingredients:

- 1 block (about 14 oz) firm tofu, pressed and cubed

- 2 tablespoons corn flour

- 1 teaspoon chilli powder

- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

- 1 tablespoon sesame oil

- 1 tablespoon soy sauce

- 1 teaspoon honey

- 2 spring onions, finely chopped

- Cooked rice or noodles, for serving (optional)

Instructions:

1. Start by pressing the tofu to remove excess moisture. Wrap the tofu block in a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and place a heavy object on top. Let it press for about 20-30 minutes.

2. Once pressed, cut the tofu into cubes and pat them dry with paper towels to remove any remaining moisture.

3. In a bowl, mix the corn flour and chilli powder together.

4. Toss the tofu cubes in the corn flour mixture until they are evenly coated.

5. Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.

6. Add the coated tofu cubes to the skillet and cook until golden brown and crispy on all sides, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

7. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce and honey.

8. Once the tofu is crispy, add the sesame seeds to the skillet and cook for an additional minute, until toasted.

9. Pour the soy sauce and honey mixture over the tofu in the skillet and stir to coat evenly.

10. Cook for another minute, allowing the sauce to thicken slightly and coat the tofu.

11. Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish the tofu stir fry with chopped spring onions.

12. Serve hot over cooked rice or noodles, if desired.

13. Enjoy your flavorful and satisfying tofu stir fry!

Here are some tantalizing variations to elevate your tofu stir fry:

1. Spicy Szechuan Tofu Stir Fry:

- Ingredients: Extra-firm tofu, Szechuan sauce, bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, green onions, sesame oil, soy sauce.

- Instructions: Press tofu to remove excess moisture, then dice into cubes. Stir-fry tofu in sesame oil until golden brown. Add minced garlic and ginger, followed by sliced bell peppers and broccoli. Pour in Szechuan sauce and soy sauce, tossing to coat evenly. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve hot over rice or noodles.

2. Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry:

- Ingredients: Extra-firm tofu, teriyaki sauce, carrots, snow peas, onions, garlic, sesame seeds, vegetable oil.

- Instructions: Press tofu to remove excess moisture, then cut into cubes. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet and sauté tofu until lightly browned. Add sliced onions, julienned carrots, and snow peas, stirring until tender-crisp. Pour in teriyaki sauce and minced garlic, tossing to coat evenly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.

3. Ginger Sesame Tofu Stir Fry:

- Ingredients: Extra-firm tofu, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, broccoli, red bell pepper, snow peas, green onions, sesame seeds.

- Instructions: Press tofu to remove excess moisture, then cut into cubes. In a bowl, mix soy sauce, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Marinate tofu in the mixture for 15-20 minutes. In a skillet, heat sesame oil and stir-fry tofu until golden brown. Add chopped broccoli, sliced bell pepper, and snow peas, cooking until tender. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds before serving.

Feel free to adjust the ingredients and seasonings according to your taste preferences, and enjoy experimenting with different flavor combinations!

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