Spicy Sesame Tofu Stir-fry

  • Servings : 3
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 30m

Oh man this is good.  I’m not gonna lie.  And cheap!  It cost me $6.50 for the main ingredients, for 3 servings.

It’s got sweet.  It’s got spicy.  It’s got it all, and you’ll love it.


  • I cube of tofu, pressed and cubed
  • 1/2 pound of snow peas
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this is to make it medium-hot. Adjust accordingly)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I used safflower)
  • optional veggies - i added shiitake mushrooms


Step 1

Add the soy sauce, vinegars, cornstarch, sugar, and red pepper flakes to a bowl and whisk together.

Step 2

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high heat and cook the tofu until golden brown. Remove and set aside

Step 3

Reduce the heat to medium, add another tablespoon of oil, and sautee the shallots and garlic for about a minute. Ad the snow peas, shiitakes, and sesame seeds and stir frequently until the peas turn nice and green.

Step 4

Add the tofu and sauce mixture and cook until the sauce begins to thicken, about a minute.

Step 5

Serve by itself or on a bed of rice.


Jake switched to a plant based diet in 1996 and quickly realized he had no idea how to cook. All these years later and he's still trying to figure it out...

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Comments (8)

  1. posted by kelly on April 14, 2013

    Cooked this for dinner last night and it was a hit! My meat-loving husband ate it up gladly, and my 7 year old son had seconds! I loved it as well, but next time I might marinate the tofu first as it was a little bland, but the flavors of the dish itself were great! Thanks so much!

  2. posted by burglar of turds on April 29, 2013

    The sauce in recipe is really good.

  3. posted by Stan on May 2, 2013

    Made this last week and it was GREAT! As the previous poster mentioned, the sauce has a great flavor. I didn’t marinate the tofu but it took on the sauce flavors very nicely! I’ll definitely make this one again.

    • posted by Jake on September 12, 2013

      Awesome! So glad you made it and loved it! It’s one of my favorites too.

  4. posted by Failla on May 21, 2013

    Made this tonight. It was sooo good! My boyfriend isn’t a huge fan of snow peas, so I added broccoli and sliced red pepper (along with shiitakes). Served it over some brown rice. Simple perfection.

  5. posted by Paul on July 25, 2013

    I want to try this. going to substitute coconut oil for the safflower oil though.

    • posted by Jake on September 12, 2013

      Nice. How did it come out?

  6. posted by Megan on December 2, 2013

    I came across your recipe while searching for tofu recipes. In trying to clean out my fridge I used fresh green beans, red onion and garlic and some soy sauce. Even though I didn’t have all the ingredients it turned out really well! Thanks for the inspiration!


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