Chinese Garlic Tofu Stir-Fry


For the Garlic Sauce:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce (use 3 tablespoons or light soy sauce if you prefer it less salty)
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup or agave
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch

For the Tofu Stir-Fry:

  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil, divided
  • 1 lb. extra firm tofu, drained, pressed at least 15 minutes, and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4-6 dried chili peppers, halved (optional)
  • 3 cups fresh green beans

For Serving:

  • cooked rice
  • toasted sesame seeds


  1. Stir all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil and place over medium heat. Add tofu cubes in a single layer. Cook about 10 minutes, flipping once or twice during cooking to achieve browning on multiple sides. Remove from skillet and transfer to a plate.
  3. Add remaining tablespoon of oil to skillet and raise heat to high. Add dried chili peppers and green beans, Stir fry until green beans are tender-crisp, 2-3 minutes. Add tofu back into skillet along with sauce. Flip a few times and cook just until sauce thickens a bit and coats tofu and green beans. Remove from heat.
  4. Divide onto plates with rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.


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