A super flavorful spicy peanut tofu stir fry! The tofu is tossed in a homemade thai-style peanut sauce and is crispy without frying! I’m pan sautéing my tofu along with shiitake mushrooms and sliced onions. Serve it on a bed of brown rice, quinoa, or on it’s own!
And that’s how we do meatless Monday. With pan crispy tofu that’s been tossed in a homemade thai-style peanut sauce that’s loaded with ginger, garlic, peanut butter, brown sugar, and a squeeze of lime juice. Friends, I assure you, you’re DEFINITELY not going to miss the meat with this recipe.
I’ll be the first one to admit that I was not a tofu fan before last year. Oh gosh no! I don’t care what anyone said or how delicious it sounds, tofu? The stuff that looks like my dish sponge? NO THANK YOU. And boy, have I eaten my words (and tons and tons of tofu too since then.)
This recipe is anything but boring my friends. It’s savory, satisfying and loaded with flavor. I’m packing in some of my favorite veggies and not only is it completely vegan and vegetarian friendly, its also GLUTEN FREE. But that doesn’t mean my meat
eating loving husband didn’t enjoy it. A few bites in and there a lot of head nodding and that typical look that husbands get when they reallllllllly enjoy dinner.
I’ll never forget it.
The veggie possibilities for this stir fry are endless.
You can certainly swap out the veggies or add a couple different types along with the ones i’ve used. My tofu stir fry has lots of sliced shiitake mushrooms for an added savory/smoky note along with large diced onions which add a little sweetness. And One thing I almost always serve with my homemade stir frys — freshly grilled baby bok choy. Bok choy is another one of those foods that i’ve learned to love with time. As a kid, I didn’t much care for them at all. As an adult, I could make a meal out of grilled bok choy that’s been drizzled with a bit of toasted sesame oil and a hint of salt and pepper. Seriously. It’s SO GOOD.
The secret to crispy, delicious tofu is simple. 1.) use extra firm tofu. and 2.) get as much water out of the tofu as possible. Drying out the tofu allows for a better sear on the outside of the tofu. I’m a texture girl, so i’ll do whatever it takes to make perfect tofu stir fry. Recently I splurged for a tofu press  (aka the best invention ever) to get the water out of tofu. But before the tofu press, I used a couple of tea towels, two plates, and the largest cans in my pantry to squeeze the water out. The tofu press definitely makes it easier but you don’t necessarily need it.
After the tofu has most of the water pressed out, I cut it into small pieces and then pop it into a baggy and toss it with corn starch, and a little salt and pepper. Sometimes I add in a pinch or two of chili powder to help give the tofu a more caramelized color when it’s pan fried. This is entirely aesthetic and not necessary! The peanut tofu stir fry gets extra crispy and delicious because 1.) squeezing the water out 2.) tossing it in corn starch 3.) pan frying it in a little bit of oil.
Near the end of the pan frying process, I hit the tofu with a couple tablespoons of peanut stir fry sauce just to coat it with a bit of flavor and a little added caramelization!
This peanut tofu stir fry is delicious at dinner and the leftovers make for a great lunch the next day. The flavors have a minute to mesh together and like a good chili, this stir fry tasted better the next day.<— and that my friends is a WINNER!
slightly adapted from: My Sesame Ginger Tofu Stir Fry 
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*Please note: the nutritional facts calculated are an estimate based on the ingredients i’ve used. If you’d like a more accurate count, please calculate them using the ingredients/brands you’ve used to prepare the recipe. This is for ¼th of the peanut tofu stir fry recipe not including the rice or quinoa.
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