Spicy Tofu Stir Fry – is an incredibly flavourful tofu dish you can prepare in less then 20 minutes. Tofu cubes and vegetables tossed with simple seasonings. A kick of chilli oil in the dish makes all the difference to the regular tofu stir fry.
Some might find tofu is plain and boring but, I love tofu and make tofu dish frequently in our family meal rotation. If you know how to cook it right and pair with other vegetables and meat, tofu dishes are healthy, nutritious and super delicious.
What is Tofu
Tofu is made from bean curd and a great source of plant-based protein, rich in iron, calcium and essential amino acids. Originated in China and one of the staple ingredients in Chinese and most Oriental cuisines. There are two different types of tofu, firm tofu and soft tofu. It can be cook on its own and make it fried tofu or add in stir fries, soups and curries.
Ingredients to make Spicy Tofu Stir Fry
Tofu : Use firm tofu and drain the water out from the packet, pat dry with paper towel. My tips is to pan fry the tofu cubes first to prevent from breaking. You can buy tofu in most Oriental/Chinese supermarkets.
Vegetables : This tofu dish is very versatile, you can customise with any stir fry vegetables. Tips : start adding the hard vegetables first in your stir fry.
Seasonings : Season with oyster sauce, soy sauce and crispy chilli oil. Add salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. I use store bought Laoganma crispy chilli oil in this recipe, you can also use chilli garlic oil or Sichuan chilli oil. You can buy Chinese Chilli oil in most Chinese/Oriental supermarkets or Amazon online.
How to Serve This Dish
I usually serve with hot steamed rice and make it a quick meal. You can serve with simple plain rice, fried rice, fried noodles or pair with other dishes and make it a wholesome family dinner. I recommend to pair with following dishes:
– Chicken Corn Soup
– Crispy Orange Chicken
– Garlic Fried Rice
– Pepper Steak Stir Fry
– Crispy Shredded Chicken
How To Make Spicy Tofu Stir Fry
Dice the tofu into small bite-size pieces and thinly slice the shiitake mushroom and vegetables.
Add a tablespoon of oil in a pan and stir fry the tofu pieces until light golden brown. Remove the tofu pieces from pan and set aside.
In the remaining pan, add the garlic slices and stir fry for few seconds. Then follow with the onion cubes and stir fry for few seconds.
Add the shitake mushroom and lotus root and stir fry for 1 min.
Add the bell pepper and stir fry for another 1 min and follow with the fried tofu pieces. Season with soy sauce, oyster sauce, chilli oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Combine all ingredients and seasonings evenly and continue cook for another 1 minute, until all the vegetables cook through.
Sprinkle spring onions and transfer to serving plate. Simply delicious stir fry tofu is ready, serve immediately! Perfect with hot streamed rice or simple stir fry noodle. Enjoy!
- 400 g Firm Tofu
- 3-4 slices Lotus Root
- 3-4 slices Dry Shitake Mushroom ( soaked in warm water for 15-30 mins )
- 2-3 slices Garlic
- ½ Sweet Onion
- ½ Bell Pepper
- 2-3 Spring Onions
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Chilli Oil
- Add a tablespoon of oil in a pan and stir fry the tofu pieces till light golden brown. Remove the tofu pieces from pan and set aside.
- Add the garlic slices into the pan and stir fry for few seconds. Then add the onion cubes and stir fry for few seconds.
- Add the shitake mushroom and lotus root and stir fry for 1 min.
- Add the bell pepper and stir fry for 1 min. Then add the fried tofu and the ingredients from the seasoning list.
- Mix well to combine all ingredients and sauce together and continue stir fry with medium high heat for 1 min.
- Sprinkle spring onions in the final step and mix well.
- Simply delicious stir fry tofu is ready!
- Perfect with hot streamed rice or simple stir fry noodle. Enjoy!