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Stir-Fried Tofu with Ginger and Soy Sauce

Even if you’re never cooked tofu, this Stir-Fried Tofu with Ginger and Soy Sauce is so easy to make, and tofu is super low in carbs!

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Stir-Fried Tofu

I’ve enjoyed tofu many times when I’ve had it in restaurants, but until recently I’d never cooked it at home. I’ve been determined to try it though, and last weekend I made this delicious stir-fried tofu using my new wok, and a recipe I adapted from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian (affiliate link) a book I just couldn’t resist at Costco!

Tofu is so fantastic for a meatless and carb-conscious dinner, and this was so delicious! I can see there will be a lot more tofu dishes in my future.

What kind of tofu should you use?

There are four types of tofu, and choosing the right kind is important.I used extra-firm organic tofu for this dish, which worked out perfectly.

I drained my tofu in a colander and then cut it into slices and pressed each slice with a paper towel to squeeze out as much water as I could. If more experienced tofu cooks want to offer tips and advice in the comments, I’ll be happy to get them!

Make it a Meal:

Stir-Fried Tofu with Scallions, Garlic, Ginger, and Soy Sauce would taste great with Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce and Sesame Seeds or Spicy Grilled Eggplant.

More Delicious Ways to Cook Tofu:

Grilled Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen, cooked and posted by Rand
Carmelized Tofu from 101 Cookbooks
Tofu Parmigiana from Chick in the Kitchen
Montreal Grilled Tofu Wraps from The Perfect Pantry

More About Stir-Fry Cooking:

If you’re not familiar with Chinese cooking, you may want to read the basic rules for stir-frying.

Stir-Fried Tofu with Ginger and Soy Sauce

Stir-Fried Tofu with Ginger and Soy Sauce

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Stir-Fried Tofu with Ginger and Soy Sauce is so easy to make, even if you’re never cooked tofu!


  • 14 oz. extra firm organic tofu
  • 2 T peanut oil (more or less, depending on your pan)
  • 2 tsp. finely minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. finely grated ginger root
  • 1 cup scallions, sliced into 2 inch pieces (see notes)
  • 3 T vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 T soy sauce (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Remove tofu from package and drain in a colander in the sink for a few minutes.
  2. Then cut tofu into slices about 3/4 – 1 inch thick.
  3. Put each slice between two paper towels and press down on it so most of the liquid is absorbed into the towel, then cut tofu into square cubes.
  4. Put wok or heavy frying pan on stove and preheat pan until it feels hot when you hold your hand over it. Add oil and heat until shimmering.
  5. Then add garlic and ginger, cook about 10 seconds, and quickly add tofu cubes and white pieces of green onion.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tofu is quite browned. (I cooked it about 7 minutes to get the tofu as brown as you see in the photo.)
  7. When tofu is well browned, add the stock and cook, stirring, until it is mostly evaporated.
  8. Add the green parts of green onions and cook about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce and stir to distribute.
  9. Turn off heat, put tofu and onions on a serving plate and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
  10. Serve hot.


For maximum flavor with tofu, I cut the garlic and ginger much smaller and left it in the finished dish. One cup scallions is about 1 bunch green onions. Keep white parts separate from green parts. I used less than this, but only because I didn’t have enough. Use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) if needed.

Recipe adapted from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. (affiliate link)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 369mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Stir-Fried Tofu with Scallions, Garlic, Ginger, and Soy Sauce is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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    43 Comments on “Stir-Fried Tofu with Ginger and Soy Sauce”

  1. Tofu is often a hard sell at home, but this looks like a delicious way to work it into my family’s diet. I find that my family also likes smoked tofu which has a very different texture and more flavor.

  2. lizykat, good to know. I just instinctively chose peanut oil, since I love it for stir-frying, and it did work very well.

  3. K~ when I cook with tofu, I put it in a colander over a bowl, with another bowl/plate and a rock or something heavy to weigh it down a few hours before I will be cooking. I try to put the ‘cut’ side down rather than the ‘pressed’ side so the water can drain easily. Also using peanut oil to brown it, is the key, I never could get it to brown until I read Deborah Madison Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone…she rocks with tofu recipes.. I am cooking this recipe tomorrow night, thanks for the lovely pic..so inviting.

  4. Wonderful post! I’m so pleased to see non-vegetarians talking positively about tofu 🙂

  5. Anonymous, didn’t know that, but even the extra firm seemed pretty low in calories.

    Simona, Vanessa, Y and Tanna, this was totally beginner’s luck, plus the new wok really makes a difference. I think I’d like to try freezing the tofu too, sounds interesting.

  6. Obviously I need to try harder. Your tofu is so picture perfect Kalyn! Really impressive! And you make it sound even better than it looks and I had an intake of breath when I opened this one!

  7. Kalyn, is that really your first attempt at cooking tofu? It looks so fabulous! Tofu, stir fried like that, is one of my favourite ways of eating it. I’m thinking I might have to change tonight’s dinner plans, after seeing this post 🙂

  8. Our food co-op makes a legendary kung pao tofu which is spicy and peanutty. They freeze the tofu to dry it out and change the texture…it becomes denser, chewier, not like meat but not like tofu either…it is addicting. Thanks for the linky love.

  9. Wow, Kalyn, your dish looks amazing. I like grilled and stir-fried tofu but have never made it. I should follow your example and just take the jump.

  10. Looks good Kalyn. I don’t use extra-firm as it has more calories than plain firm. And I usually use tofu to replace the cheese in Indian dishes like Saag Paneer. Now that you like cooking tofu, I can’t wait to see you use it in more ethnic recipes!

    Love you recipes and pictures!


  11. Thanks Allen. Can’t wait to experiment with it more.

    jya-syin, thanks for the info about freezing tofu. Sounds like it would be fun to try. Thanks for the nice words about the blog too.

  12. Freezing tofu will change the texture of the tofu, and it will taste very differently. Depending on your dish that you prepare, it may not be what you want to do. We use it mainly in Chinese hot-pot, side by side with the unfrozen ones. You may want to experiment with it and invent new dishes!

    I enjoy very much reading your blog. It is one of my favorite.

  13. I love tofu and you’ve made it shine in this recipe! I’ve recently started roasting tofu which is my new favorite way to prepare it.

  14. Thanks everyone for the nice comments about my first tofu experiment. Let’s all cheer for Mark Bittman, since it’s his recipe. Katerine, I haven’t heard of microwaving the tofu, but have heard of freezing it first. Interesting idea though.

  15. Woo-hoo! Your tofu looks fabulous, Kalyn! As someone who eats a lot of tofu, I’d say you definitely chose the best type–the extra firm maintains its shape so well and is perfect for all types of stir-fries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. You might like slicing it into “steaks” and marinating it in your favorite marinade/dressing then grilling it. I also love to saute it and add it to salads, soups, and grain dishes for extra calcium and protein.

    Heartfelt thanks for entering Beautiful Bones. You’ve tackled the tofu beast and have won it over deliciously! 🙂


  16. I hope you continue experimenting with tofu because I want to learn more about it. I used to cook with it a bunch when I was vegetarian but I was never able to achieve what I wanted at home. I recently talked to a guy at work about cooking tofu and he said he wife microwaves it first? Ever heard of that?

  17. i love tofu! you’ll get addicted ^_^

  18. omg this looks fantastic!!! How I wish to steal a bite, hehe…

  19. i love how this dish looks. beautiful.

  20. Congratulations on losing your tofu virginity! Tofu is a wonderful, flexible ingredient, and I hope you’ll experiment with lots of ways to enjoy it.