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Tofu and broccoli stir fry is a quick and healthy meal that can be made in less than 30 minutes. It's perfect for when you need something fast or want to eat something healthy on the go.

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How to make tofu and broccoli stir fry

Make this easy tofu and broccoli for a healthy and delicious meal in 30 minutes! The tofu is cooked until perfectly browned and flavorful, then cooked with tender broccoli in a sticky ginger garlic sauce. {Vegan, Gluten-Free Adaptable}

Tofu with broccoli in brown sauce in frying pan

Tofu is a great ingredient if you want to create a delicious and healthy meal that is packed with protein. In the past I shared some very popular tofu recipes, including Crispy Marinated Tofu, Mapo Tofu, and General Tso’s Tofu. If you’ve tried any of these recipes, you’d know that with the proper preparation, you can turn plain-tasting tofu into a rich tasting feast.

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Cooking notes

(1) Marinate tofu is the key

We used a simple marinade that is savory and sweet, with a hint of sourness. Not only does it impart a great flavor, but the dark soy sauce also creates a beautiful char on the surface of the tofu.

TIP: When marinating the tofu, using a ziplock bag will help the marinade coat the tofu more evenly.

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NOTE: I’ve found that pressing tofu before cooking is not necessary. All you need to do is drain the water from the package before cutting. Pressing tofu only makes a marginal difference and it isn’t really worth the trouble.

(2) Cook the broccoli in one pan

Instead of blanching the broccoli in a separate pot of water, I used a quick-steaming method to blanch the broccoli in the same skillet we use to cook the tofu. It will save you a lot of time and cleanup!

(3) Perfect for meal-prep

This tofu and broccoli holds up well in the fridge and is perfect for meal-prep. We decided not to use cornstarch to coat the tofu in order to make the dish healthier. But if you really love a crispy texture, you can coat the tofu with 1/3 cup of cornstarch once you drain it from the marinade (Recipe Step 5) before pan frying.

Chinese tofu and broccoli served with rice


Organizing your ingredients in groups will save counter space and make the cooking process easier. Before cooking tofu and broccoli, all you need are four things on your countertop:

  • Marinated tofu
  • Chopped ginger and garlic in one bowl
  • Chopped broccoli
  • Mixed sauce
Tofu and broccoli ingredients

Cooking process

Cooking the tofu and broccoli is super simple. Here is how:

  1. Boil water in a skillet and add the broccoli
  2. Cook the broccoli until it’s done, then remove it
  3. Crisp the marinated tofu
  4. Add the ginger and garlic
  5. Thicken the sauce
  6. Stir in the broccoli and mix
How to make tofu and broccoli cooking step-by-step

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That’s it!

The result is perfectly seasoned tofu and tender broccoli with a sticky sauce that’s just enough to coat the ingredients.

Top them on steamed rice and you’ll have a delicious and balanced meal in no time!

Other great way to use tofu

  • Homemade Vegan Dumplings
  • Baked Crispy Tofu Nugget
  • Vegan Dan Dan Noodles
  • Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup
  • Crispy Tofu with Garlic Sauce (without Deep-Frying)
Tofu with broccoli in brown sauce over rice

If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and take a picture and tag it @omnivorescookbook on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with.

Lilja Walter is a part of the Omnivore’s Cookbook team who work with Maggie closely to develop and test this recipe.

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