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How to make a stir fry with crispy tofu

If you’re one of those people who thinks tofu is completely devoid of flavour or texture, you’d be absolutely correct. But this crispy tofu stir-fry changes things.

Crispy Tofu Stir-Fry

Instead of sinking your teeth through a blobby cube of gelatinous sponge, you’ll have bite, crunch, and taste in abundance. Better yet, you can get all those things without having to deep-fry the stuff to within an inch of its life.

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Crispy Tofu Stir-Fry

What is tofu?

Tofu is a bean curd made from soy milk. High in protein, low in fat, and available in varying degrees of firmness, it has been a staple of Asian cuisine for centuries.

You’ll also find tofu in my recipes for vegan fish pie, smoked tofu risotto, and tofu jalfrezi curry, to name a few.

Tofu Block

How to Make Tofu Crispy

To make this crispy tofu, you need to drain it, coat it, and cook it in the oven at a decent temperature. You could also fry the tofu in copious amounts of oil, but baking is much healthier.

Crispy Tofu

How to Drain Tofu

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Depending on the type of tofu you’re using, it may need to be drained and pressed to remove the extra water. In this recipe I’ve used the Cauldron brand.

In some other recipes, I’ll recommend freezing and defrosting as a method to get the water out of the tofu. But in this case, it’s fine to just drain it and then press it between two plates.

  1. Place the block of tofu between a larger plate and a smaller plate.
  2. Over a sink, press the plates together to squeeze out the water. Do this for a minute or two.
  3. The idea is to not break it apart when pressing, but don’t worry if the odd bit falls off.
  4. Once there’s no more water coming out, pat dry with kitchen roll and then it’s ready to chop up.

Making a Stir-Fry at Home

Tofu Stir-Fry Ingredients

In this recipe, I’ve provided instructions on how to make a basic stir-fry sauce. If you don’t have time to make it yourself, feel free to just use a store-bought sauce and mix it through towards the end.

Stir-Fry Sauce

If you are making the sauce, it’s a simple case of whisking all the ingredients together and adding to the pan for the last couple of minutes of cooking time.

The Veg

Stir-Fried Veg

The key to a good stir-fry is cooking everything quickly on a high heat, and so you’ll want to cut all the veg to roughly the same size. Here I’ve used mushrooms, red peppers, and green beans, but you could use any veg you like.

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