Marinated Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry

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I’ve been in a bit of a lull lately when it comes to keeping the fridge stocked properly. Sometimes my brain just goes on hiatus. I find myself in the store and can’t seem to pull the list out of my bag. Yes I wrote one but then I leave it on the table at home.

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So that’s when I end up improvising or end up buying something I already have in the fridge. For example this marinated tofu and vegetable stir fry came about because I bought one too many tofu packages, thinking I didn’t have any. Good thing because this recipe is so easy and quite tasty.  

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Tofu is a good companion of marinade because of its mild taste. The one drawback of preparing tofu is you need to press it for a while to release the liquid or what you end up with is mushy tofu.

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Now the marinade for this recipe comes together easily. I did not add salt and pepper to the list of ingredients because the soy sauce really takes care of this but if you like these spices feel free to add to taste. 

Serves 2

Ingredients for Tofu

  • 1 (14 ounce) package tofu ( I use Nasoya non-gmo tofu)

Ingredients for Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 small crushed garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Ingredients for Mushrooms

  • 1 cup mixed frozen mushrooms

Ingredients for Fresh Vegetables

  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot

Instructions to prepare tofu

  1. Slice open the package and drain out the water.
  2. Cut the block of tofu into slices.
  3. Lay paper towel on a cookie sheet or tray.
  4. Spread the slices of tofu out in a single layer on top of the towels.
  5. Put more paper towels on top of tofu. 
  6. Set some heavy objects on top such as a cast iron pan. 
  7. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or longer if you have the time. 
  8. Uncover, cut into cubes and place in bowl. 

Instructions for Marinade

  1. Whisk together fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic clove, and cilantro. Pour marinade into bowl of cubed tofu.
  2. Let sit 15 minutes, and heat medium size sauce pan on medium high heat and spray with oil.
  3. Place tofu in pan and cook 5-8 minutes. 
  4. Add mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes. 

Ingredients for Fresh Vegetables

  1. Place chopped broccoli, red bell pepper, and carrots in pan and mix together with tofu and mushrooms. This is to coat the vegetables with the flavors from the pan and not to cook them. (If you prefer less crunchy vegetables, cook for a few minutes but not longer than that )Remove from heat and serve.
  2.  This goes well with lime wedges and sriracha sauce. 

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