Easy Tofu Vegetable Stir-fry

by Hillary on January 28, 2014

One of my favorite healthy comfort foods, aside from oatmeal, is tofu and vegetable stir-fry with homemade peanut sauce and short grain brown rice — must be short grain.

Sometimes I’ll skip the rice, but who are we kidding — the more carbs, the better.

For several months, I’ve been using Eating Bird Food’s peanut sauce recipe for said stir-fry and other dishes. I have the recipe memorized; it is insanely simple. No need for sodium-saturdated bottled sauces here.

I had a lonely 3/4 cup of brown rice in my cupboard, a block of abandoned organic tofu that needed to be put to use, and plenty of fresh veggies (always), so a stir-fry was on tap for Sunday supper.


Measuring can be flexible for this type of meal. Here’s a general recipe for how I make tofu vegetable stir-fry — healthy and delicious!

This recipe is vegan & gluten-free. 

>> Brown Rice

In a small pot, cook brown rice — I use a 2:1 ratio of water to rice. Bring water to a boil; add rice; reduce to low heat and cover with lid; simmer for 40 minutes.

>> Tofu

Wrap one block of firm tofu in a clean dish bowl. Place on a plate and set a heavy bowl on top of the tofu. Let sit in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to drain out the liquid. Then, cut the tofu into bite-sized cubes. In a large skillet or griddle, sauté tofu cubes in coconut oil over medium-high heat until golden brown.

>> Veggies

Use whatever vegetables your heart desires, and as much as you’d like. I typically use a combination of bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, onion, zucchini, and frozen peas.

Chop/slice raw vegetables into bite-sized pieces, similar in size for even cooking. Stir-fry in coconut oil (1-2 Tbsp.) over medium-high heat. You may choose to add the harder vegetables first. Add the frozen peas (optional). Then cover the pan with a lid and let the veggies steam for a few minutes .

approximate cooking time: 15 minutes

>> Peanut Sauce

I use this recipe and often sub honey (“not vegan”) for the brown rice syrup. I also like to add red pepper flakes for a kick. I typically make half a batch, as it makes quite a lot. Store leftover sauce in the fridge.

>> Notes

  • You may choose to toss the cooked tofu in peanut sauce or drizzle the sauce on top of the plated dish.
  • I like to sprinkle calcium-rich sesame seeds and more red pepper flakes to garnish.

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What’s your favorite healthy comfort food?

Do you have a go-to stir-fry recipe?

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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat January 28, 2014 at 6:18 am

This is definitely my kind of meal! Although, I’ve used silken tofu in the past, I’ve never tried the firm tofu before. I always felt slightly intimidated by it. I don’t know why because it certainly seems super easy to to work with. I really need to try it because I’m totally digging this recipe and that peanut sauce sounds delish!


Chicago Jogger January 28, 2014 at 6:36 am

This looks great – I’m going to try that peanut sauce recipe!


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

I love that peanut sauce. I’ve made that recipe a few times and it’s delicious!


Rachel @ Health My Lifestyle January 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

I love stir fry! This is my go-to stir fry recipe: http://healthmylifestyle.com/easy-stir-fry/

I’m lazy, so I don’t press my tofu for very long but I always use firm tofu. I’ll have to try that peanut sauce sometime — sounds yummy!


Megan @ The Skinny-Life January 28, 2014 at 10:57 am

I love that peanut sauce, too! Thanks for reminding me to make it soon. It’s been awhile since I did a stir-fry. I’ve been thinking of trying stir-fry ingredients in the crock pot.


Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear? January 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Mmmmm stir fry!


Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes January 28, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Looks delicious! My favorite stir fry of late is one with kale, tempeh, coconut oil, and smoky seasoning from Trader Joe’s. Yum.


Elise @ 9toFit.com January 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I’m kind of a tofu newbie. I only make it with certain things, so I’m definitely down to try this.


Brittney @ Sweets 'N' Greens January 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I can never get tofu drained enough – I’ll have to try the bowl on top method!


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