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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. Thanks, always appreciate it when a blog features one of my recipes.

  2. This tofu looks tasty! I just wanted to let you know I featured this recipe on Five Friday Finds – please grab a featured button from this week's 5 Friday Finds! (http://morselsoflife.blogspot.com/2011/07/five-friday-finds_29.html)

  3. Ashlie, so glad you liked it.

  4. I made this for dinner and paired it with soba cooked in vegetable stock. Even my non-veg fiance scarfed it! It was so delicious that I'm considering making it again tomorrow night!

  5. You can use any high smoke point oil like canola or grapeseed oil instead of peanut oil. Enjoy!

  6. I have a toddler who is allergic to peanut, any suggestions for replacing the peanut oil? I just cooked my first tofu dish this past week, and I AM ADDICTED!!! I am on the search for more recipes and yours sounds DELISH!!!!

    thank you!

  7. Arica, you're welcome! Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it.

  8. YUM!!! I love tofu but almost never make it myself. I tried this recipe for dinner tonight and wow was it delicious! Thanks for sharing it!

  9. FoodJen, how fun that my first tofu dish was also your first time cooking tofu. Glad you liked it!

  10. hi! this was my first tofu dish and it was fantastic! i used an onion instead of scallions because that's all i had on hand (and i confess: i've never used scallions before, i always just replace them with onions) anyway, thank you for the great recipe and countless others i've found and used:)

  11. This was wonderful. The best stir-fried tofu I've ever made. I used spring onions instead of scallions for a little extra bite and added some sumac along with the sesame seeds (I only had white sesame seeds, unfortunately). Instead of rice, I served it with lettuce leaves which we wrapped around the tofu. What delicious fun!

  12. Anonymous, so glad you liked the recipe (and especially that it was good for the whole family!) And I agree, love to get feedback from people about how they use the recipes.

  13. Thanks Kalyn for another picture perfect recipe. I just made this last night for my family and everyone loved it! Especially my macaroni and cheese/quesidilla obsessed daughter- we were all shocked! Something she loved with no cheese in it!
    I LOVE your website and always look forward to your beautiful new recipes. Thanks for all the work you put into this blog – you make so many people more creative in the kitchen because of it!

    My only critique of this fabulous blog is directed to the readers! I would love to read your remarks after actually trying the recipes, what changes you made, how you liked it, etc.

  14. Shane, I think 5-Spice powder sounds great in this!

  15. I made this tonight, very tasty, I did add some Chinese 5 spice and that seemed to work well with it.

    I love the blog and recipes Kayla!

  16. Mrs. L, I recommend it!

    Lisa, you’re welcome. I’m going to keep experimenting too.

    Cooknkate, I’m afraid the cornstarch would make it not suitable for South Beach, so that won’t work for me. Thanks for the thought though.

  17. Once you’ve pressed the water out of the tofu, try tossing it in a little cornstarch prior to cooking it. The cornstarch helps make a crispier texture.

    I am really excited about tofu as well, and enjoy exploring options for it. Your recipe looks delicious!

    And for something really interesting to use tofu in, try this recipe


  18. This looks delicious! I’m still exploring the wonderful world of tofu also and am growing more fond of it all the time. Thanks for helping out tofu in the PR department by posting such a great looking dish.

  19. I’ve had a couple of fried tofu recipes and they weren’t bad. I’ll have to try this as it sounds yummy, even for tofu 🙂

  20. Deborah, thanks for the tip. I’ll definitely look for the smoked tofu.