If You’ve Never Cooked Tofu Before, Now Is the Perfect Time to Give It a Try!

If You’ve Never Cooked Tofu Before, Now Is the Perfect Time to Give It a Try!
Cornstarch helps give the tofu a crispy crust. (Carl Tremblay/TNS)

Whether you’re looking for a vegetarian option or simply want to make a healthy meal, this dish is a winner. And it’s easy to make if you follow these tips:

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Stir-Fried Tofu With Green Beans

Serves 4
  • 14 ounces extra-­firm tofu
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/3 cup cornstarch, measured separately
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, measured separately
  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Cut tofu into 3/4-­inch cubes. Line a rimmed baking sheet with three layers of paper towels. Spread tofu cubes on the baking sheet and let drain for 20 minutes.

While tofu drains, in a medium bowl, whisk together broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, and the sesame oil.

Gently pat tofu dry with more paper towels. Transfer to a second medium bowl. Add remaining 1/3 cup cornstarch to bowl. Use rubber spatula to gently stir tofu to coat until there is no dry cornstarch remaining.

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium heat for 1 minute (oil should be hot but not smoking). Carefully add tofu to pan and spread it into an even layer. Cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off heat. Transfer tofu to a large plate lined with paper towels.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and green beans to skillet and return to medium heat. Cover and cook until green beans are bright green, about 3 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until green beans are spotty brown all over, about 3 minutes.

Carefully add tofu, scallions, garlic, and ginger to skillet. Whisk broth mixture to recombine, then pour into skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Serve.

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