Tofu and lettuce aren’t traditionally the most delicious of combinations… but this golden stir fry tofu is actually a really tasty, easy dinner that you can have on the table in under half an hour.
I threw this meal together one night when we didn’t have much in the fridge and I needed to use up a bag of lettuce – turns out it’s actually quite nice in a stir fry. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on this recipe, and on tofu too!
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Tofu and lettuce aren’t traditionally the most delicious of combinations… but this is actually a really tasty, easy stir fry that you can have on the table in under half an hour.
Whisk together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, water, ginger, and garlic.
PREPARE OTHER INGREDIENTS
Place tofu on top of a couple of paper towels and put another couple of paper towels on top. Press down firmly to remove extra moisture. Dice tofu into small 1cm cubes.
Chop broccoli into florets and roughly chop lettuce (if in large pieces).
Heat oil in a large frying pan or wok over a medium-high heat. Add tofu and half of the sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until tofu is golden brown and slightly crisp around the edges.
While tofu is cooking, microwave rice according to instructions on the packet.
Remove tofu from the pan and set aside.
Return pan to heat and add broccoli, lettuce, peas and remaining sauce. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until broccoli is just tender.
Add tofu and rice to the pan and stir gently to combine.
Serve stir fry topped with peanuts.
WINE MATCH: Go for a Riesling.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Make sure hoisin sauce, soy sauce and peanuts are gluten-free. If you can’t find gluten-free hoisin sauce, you can make your own - do a quick google search for a recipe (the key ingredients you need are soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, rice wine vinegar, garlic, sesame oil and chilli paste).
INGREDIENT TIP: Make sure you choose firm-style tofu. I tried a couple of different brands and one of them, despite being labelled ‘firm’, broke up very easily during cooking. I found Bean Supreme brand worked well. You could use bok choy or silverbeet in place of the lettuce, if you like.
NON-VEGETARIAN OPTION: You could use diced chicken thighs or tenderloins instead of (or in addition to) the tofu. I definitely recommend giving the tofu a go though!
STORING AND REHEATING: Package all components up together and reheat in the microwave.