This easy and healthy garlic tofu stir-fry recipe is loaded with authentic flavors and it tastes better than take-out. Soft on the inside, with a light golden crisp on the outside, this tofu recipe pairs perfectly with cooked veggies or your favorite rice.
Growing up, garlic tofu stir fry was my favorite dish that my dad would cook. He had the most amazing tofu recipe that I would always beg him to make.
It’s something that’s so simple yet so flavorful, and always brings back memories of my childhood.
I have been craving Asian flavor lately, the taste of home. Here are some of my other favorite Asian recipes:
- Healthy Paleo Orange Chicken
- Zucchini Mushroom Stir Fry (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
- Crispy Teriyaki Glazed Salmon (Whole30)
Different Types of Tofu and How to Use Them
There are several different types of tofu to choose from, and a variety of ways to cook it as well.
The type of tofu and cooking method that you choose will depend on the type of recipe that you are making.
The beauty of using tofu in recipes is that it is so versatile and it can soak up any flavor that you give it.
Tofu is categorized based on its texture, which is determined by the water content of the tofu. The creamier the tofu is, the higher the water content is
There are 5 different categories of tofu:
Silken tofu is one of my favorites.
It’s silky and creamy, with one of the highest water contents.
Silken tofu in itself can vary in consistency due to the amount of soy protein, but this type of tofu is best used in dishes that are creamy or that will be blended such as dips, smoothies, pudding, etc.
This texture of tofu is still soft, but not quite as soft as silken.
It is most often used in soups and stews because of its ability to soak up flavors, however, it does not do well with high heat cooking (like in pan or deep frying) and is likely to crumble if exposed to too high temperature.
One of the most common types of tofu and is the most commonly found in grocery stores in The US.
It is usually packaged with liquid and in a block form. The texture is similar to feta; it won’t crumble when picked up and can be chopped into desired sizes.
Firm tofu is also one of the most versatile; can be added to soups and stews and tolerate high heat cooking, like for a stir-fry 😉
Similar to the firm tofu, but with less water content.
This can withstand high heat cooking, however, it does not absorb flavors quite as easily.
Great as a meat substitute. It can be cut into slices, sticks, cubes, etc., and be seasoned like how you would season any meat.
It can withstand high heat cooking as well.
How To Cook Tofu
There are so many ways to cook tofu. My favorite way is stir-frying and frying.
Besides the stir fry method used in this recipe, here are some other ways you can make them to your liking.
Bake at 400 F for about 35-40 minutes. You will know it’s done when it’s golden brown, slightly crispy on the outside, and soft in the center.
If you like your tofu extra crispy, make sure to have a heavier press to release more of the liquid. Press extra firm tofu for at least 30 minutes before cooking it.
Use a small amount of oil in a skillet and cook on high heat for about 10 minutes.
Both sides will be golden and crispy when done. (Or use an air fryer. Recipe coming soon!)
This is the perfect vegan alternative to a scrambled egg dish.
Is Tofu Stir Fry Healthy?
Tofu is a quality source of protein and makes a great substitute for meat in any diet. It’s low-calorie and packed with a ton of nutrition.
According to the USDA, tofu is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, selenium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.
How to Make Healthy Garlic Tofu Stir Fry
I gave my dad’s sticky soy garlic sauce recipe a little twist based on what I had in my pantry.
Instead of using soy sauce, I used coconut aminos in this recipe.
Additionally, I replaced corn starch with arrowroot flour to make sure it still has that sticky consistency.
This is everything you need for this stir fry recipe:
- One 14oz block of firm or extra firm tofu
- 1 egg (omit for vegan option)
- Coconut aminos (or soy sauce, if using)
- Rice Vinegar
- Sesame Oil
- Green Onion
- Arrowroot Flour (or cornstarch, if using)
How to Serve Garlic Tofu Stir Fry
Like any other stir fry, this recipe goes well with any stir-fried veggies that you like to use along with any rice that you like.
Some of my favorites are jasmine rice or cauliflower rice if you’re trying to keep the dish low carb.
What do you like in your stir fry? Leave a comment below!
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- 1 block firm tofu (14oz) *
- 1 egg **
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger (minced)
- 2 stalks of green onion (chopped, white, and green parts separated)
- 2 - 3 tbsp oil for stir-frying
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp arrowroot flour or cornstarch
- 2 - 3 tbsp filtered water
- Drain and dry the tofu with a few pieces of paper towel. Then cut into cubes.
- Whisk 1 egg and add to the tofu, season with a pinch of salt. Gently mix the tofu and eggs to coat thoroughly. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
- Heat 2 - 3 tbsp cooking oil in a big pan on high to medium heat. Once hot, add garlic, ginger, and the white part of the green onion. Saute for 30 - 45 sec or until fragrant (watch it closely so it doesn't burn).
- Add tofu to the pan, count 5 - 7 Mississippis while the egg mixture on the bottom set a little bit. Then gently flip a few times. Cook all sides of the tofu for about 2 - 3 minutes or until golden brown (it doesn't have to be perfect).
- Turn the heat down to low and slowly pour in the sauce. The liquid should begin to become sticky immediately. Turn off the heat. Gently stir until the sauce thoroughly coats everything.
- Garnish with the green parts of the green onion and sesame seeds (optional). Enjoy!
- * You can also use extra firm tofu
- **Omit the egg for Vegan option
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 414mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.