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Asian Broccoli Tofu Stir Fry

This vegan  broccoli tofu stir fry recipe uses just one pan. Flavorful takeout style recipe made with homemade stir fry sauce, green onions, and fresh garlic and ginger. 

tofu and broccoli

This broccoli tofu stir fry is made in just one big pan and tastes like takeout.

If you have ever wondered how to cook tofu that tastes delicious, this is it!

I took one bite of the broccoli and realized it tasted just like the broccoli with garlic sauce that I order from a local Chinese restaurant.

Tofu stir fry

How To Make Broccoli tofu stir fry

First, you will drain the tofu, and pat it dry.

I love buying pre packaged diced tofu, like I use in this recipe.

It is so convenient!

You can also use whole block tofu, but it will take longer.

If you cannot find pre packaged tofu, just drain a block of tofu and press it well before cutting into cubes. 

I just love the convenience factor of already cubed tofu.

No need to spend 30 minutes or an hour pressing it!

cubed extra firm tofu with cornstarch

It saves so much time.

Once you drain your tofu and pat it dry, place the cubes in a bowl.

Toss with cornstarch and shake to coat.

The cornstarch is going to help the tofu get those crispier edges.

broccoli tofu stir fry

How to stir fry the tofu

Heat a large skillet with oil until hot.

cooking tofu in a skillet

Add in your tofu and start to pan fry it.

Cook the tofu for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring often, until all sides are cooked and crispy.

broccoli tofu stir fry

Adding the rest of the ingredients 

Next, add in your fresh garlic, ginger, green onion, broccoli and one batch of homemade stir fry sauce (recipe linked at the bottom of this post).

These give the dish so much flavor, so do not leave them out! 

Keep stirring and cooking until broccoli is to your desired texture and stir fry sauce is thick and sticking to the broccoli and tofu.

I love my broccoli with a bit of crunch, so I cook it for just a few minutes while still leaving a bit of a bite to it.

I have had mushy broccoli in stir fry before, and that is a big NO from me!

The texture really adds so much to this stir fry, so be sure you do not overcook your broccoli into mush.

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Tips to get the best flavor for your stir fry

The secret to the flavorful sauce is in the fresh garlic and ginger, so do not skip these.

Once you pair them with my 3 ingredient stir fry sauce, magic happens.

3 ingredient stir fry sauce

I have had people leave out the fresh garlic and ginger and did not like the recipe and that is why!

The recipe, as written, yields the very best stir fry flavor.

Fresh garlic and ginger are total game changers and you absolutely need them in your stir fry!

Please promise me you won’t skimp on this!

broccoli tofu stir fry

I swear it is worth the time chopping it up and it only takes a few minutes.

If you have never tried fresh ginger before, no need to be afraid!

Almost every grocery store should carry it in the produce section.

It looks like a root. 

Just cut off the skin, and dice up your ginger with a knife until it’s in minced like tiny pieces.

It is just as easy as garlic!

broccoli and tofu dinner

The flavor is so rich and deep with minimal ingredients, thanks to the fresh ingredients!

This recipe is made with just 9 ingredients and is bursting with flavor.

It is also naturally vegan and gluten free. 

We served it over white rice and three adults finished off the whole recipe.

healthy dinner made in one skillet

I would say for more normal sized portions it would easily serve four adults (we were very hungry!)

Serve over your choice of grain, or just by itself!

This would be delicious on it’s own, or served over white rice, brown rice, quinoa, etc.

For a twist you could even serve it with brown rice stir fry noodles or ramen noodles. 

Even over cauliflower rice would be a great way to serve it!

I made this last night and my family loved it.
I never made any thing with tofu before….. I was scared but not as hard as I thought it would be. Thank you for this recipe. I will be cooking with Tofu again. – Jackie

Broccoli tofu stir fry recipe made in just one pan.

I’ve been craving this ever since I made it.

My family used to eat Chinese every Sunday growing up, and it was a tradition I loved.

I could definitely eat this broccoli tofu stir fry every Sunday!

You would not see me complaining one bit.

If you have not tried it yet, I promise you will love it!

homemade stir fry sauce - perfect for takeout at home!

If you have never made stir fry at home, this recipe will make it so easy for you!

Just made this and can’t even tell you how much I liked it…I may never do Chinese takeout again! – Tammy

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Wow! My husband and I have never had tofu before, but this recipe works for the Daniel Fast so we gave it a shot…. fantastic! This will be part of our usual dinner rotation, thank you! – Cara

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Broccoli tofu stir fry recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Broccoli Tofu Stir Fry

Broccoli Tofu Stir Fry

Broccoli tofu stir fry recipe made in just one pan. A healthy alternative to takeout in a rich garlicky sauce with fresh broccoli

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz package of cubed tofu
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 9 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • white rice, for serving

For the Sauce

Instructions

  1. Drain cubed tofu and pat dry
  2. Place tofu in a bowl
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and toss to coat
  4. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat with 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  5. Pan fry tofu for 10-15 minutes, or until crispy on all sides
  6. Make one batch of this stir fry sauce and shake to combine
  7. Add broccoli, ginger, garlic, green onions and sauce to the skillet and sauté for 10-15 minutes, or until broccoli is desired texture
  8. Serve alone or over rice

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 924mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 15gSugar: 6gProtein: 20g

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lisa

Friday 23rd of October 2020

This turned out delicious. Thanks for the great and easy recipe

Ivneet

Thursday 8th of October 2020

Can I use olive oil instead of sesame oil?

lisa

Friday 23rd of October 2020

@Ivneet, I did and it turned out great. My daughter has a sesame allergy and she can finally eat Chinese food!

Cayy

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Is there an actual recipe or...?

Joy Shull

Sunday 5th of July 2020

the recipe and instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post (right above the comments section).

Nicole

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Hi! I’m just wondering, have you tried this with frozen broccoli? If so, how was it?

Joy Shull

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

I would not recommend it, as the broccoli would get pretty mushy.

Chasity

Monday 10th of February 2020

Where do you find the cubes tofu??

Joy Shull

Monday 10th of February 2020

I have found it at my grocery store and walmart too. If you can't find it, just press a block of extra firm tofu, then dice it up!

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