Spicy Sesame Tofu Stir-fry

BY : PUBLISHED : March 23rd, 2013 UPDATED: August 25th, 2021

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.

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Spicy Sesame Tofu Stir-fry

This tofu stir fry is exceptional. It’s got sweet.  It’s got spicy.  It’s got it all, and you’ll love it.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Asian
Servings 3 servings
Calories 249 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan


  • 1 block of tofu, pressed and cubed
  • 1/2 pound of snow peas
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of 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 of sesame seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons of oil (I used safflower)
  • optional veggies - i added shiitake mushrooms


  • Add the soy sauce, vinegars, cornstarch, sugar, and red pepper flakes to a bowl and whisk together.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high heat and cook the tofu until golden brown. Remove and set aside
  • 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.
  • Add the tofu and sauce mixture and cook until the sauce begins to thicken, about a minute.
  • Serve by itself or on a bed of rice.


Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 15gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 1174mgPotassium: 454mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 921IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 4mg
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