Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry

Make this easy tofu and broccoli for a healthy and delicious meal in 30 minutes! The tofu is cooked until perfectly browned and flavorful, then cooked with tender broccoli in a sticky ginger garlic sauce. {Vegan, Gluten-Free Adaptable}

Tofu with broccoli in brown sauce in frying pan

Tofu is a great ingredient if you want to create a delicious and healthy meal that is packed with protein. In the past I shared some very popular tofu recipes, including Crispy Marinated Tofu, Mapo Tofu, and General Tso’s Tofu. If you’ve tried any of these recipes, you’d know that with the proper preparation, you can turn plain-tasting tofu into a rich tasting feast.  

Cooking notes

(1) Marinate tofu is the key

We used a simple marinade that is savory and sweet, with a hint of sourness. Not only does it impart a great flavor, but the dark soy sauce also creates a beautiful char on the surface of the tofu.

TIP: When marinating the tofu, using a ziplock bag will help the marinade coat the tofu more evenly.

NOTE: I’ve found that pressing tofu before cooking is not necessary. All you need to do is drain the water from the package before cutting. Pressing tofu only makes a marginal difference and it isn’t really worth the trouble.

(2) Cook the broccoli in one pan

Instead of blanching the broccoli in a separate pot of water, I used a quick-steaming method to blanch the broccoli in the same skillet we use to cook the tofu. It will save you a lot of time and cleanup!

(3) Perfect for meal-prep

This tofu and broccoli holds up well in the fridge and is perfect for meal-prep. We decided not to use cornstarch to coat the tofu in order to make the dish healthier. But if you really love a crispy texture, you can coat the tofu with 1/3 cup of cornstarch once you drain it from the marinade (Recipe Step 5) before pan frying.

Chinese tofu and broccoli served with rice

Preparation 

Organizing your ingredients in groups will save counter space and make the cooking process easier.  Before cooking tofu and broccoli, all you need are four things on your countertop:

  • Marinated tofu
  • Chopped ginger and garlic in one bowl
  • Chopped broccoli
  • Mixed sauce
Tofu and broccoli ingredients

Cooking process

Cooking the tofu and broccoli is super simple. Here is how:

  1. Boil water in a skillet and add the broccoli
  2. Cook the broccoli until it’s done, then remove it
  3. Crisp the marinated tofu
  4. Add the ginger and garlic
  5. Thicken the sauce
  6. Stir in the broccoli and mix
How to make tofu and broccoli cooking step-by-step

That’s it!

The result is perfectly seasoned tofu and tender broccoli with a sticky sauce that’s just enough to coat the ingredients.

Top them on steamed rice and you’ll have a delicious and balanced meal in no time!

Other great way to use tofu

Tofu with broccoli in brown sauce over rice

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Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry | Make this easy tofu and broccoli for a healthy and delicious meal in 30 minutes! The tofu is cooked until perfectly browned and flavorful, then cooked with tender broccoli in a sticky ginger garlic sauce. {Vegan, Gluten-Free Adaptable}

Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry

Make this easy tofu and broccoli for a healthy and delicious meal in 30 minutes! The tofu is cooked until perfectly browned and flavorful, then cooked with tender broccoli in a sticky ginger garlic sauce. {Vegan, Gluten-Free Adaptable}
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz. / 400 g block firm (or extra firm tofu)

Marinade

Sauce

Stir-fry

  • 2 1/2 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 large head of broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon ginger , minced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced

Instructions

  • Cut the tofu into 3/4” (2 cm) cubes and place it in a sealable ziplock bag.
  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix well. Pour the marinade into the bag with the tofu. Press out as much air as possible and seal the bag. Gently swirl the bag around so all the tofu is coated with the marinade. Set aside, occasionally flipping as you finish your prep.
  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the sugar and cornstarch are dissolved.
  • Cut the florets off the stalks of broccoli. If there is excess stem, peel it and cut it into 1/2” (1 cm) chunks. Wash them, drain them, and set them aside.
  • Drain the marinated tofu and discard the marinade.
  • Heat 1/3 cup of water in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until boiling. Add the broccoli and cover with the lid. Steam until the broccoli is cooked to the tenderness you prefer, 2 minutes for a chewy texture or 3 minute for a softer one. Transfer the broccoli to a large plate. Wipe the pan with a few layers of paper towel held in a pair of tongs to get rid of any excess water.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of oil into the same pan. Add the tofu. Let cook until the bottom turns golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until browned. Gently stir a few times with a spatula, then move the tofu onto one side of the pan.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil, the ginger, and the garlic to the other side of the pan. Stir a few times to release the fragrance. Then stir everything together.
  • Stir the sauce again to make sure the cornstarch is dissolved. Pour it into the pan and stir and cook until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the cooked broccoli and turn off the heat. Stir to coat everything with the sauce, then transfer everything to a serving plate.
  • Serve hot over steamed rice as a main dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 4.6g | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 2mg

Lilja Walter is a part of the Omnivore’s Cookbook team who work with Maggie closely to develop and test this recipe.

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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my New York kitchen.

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3 thoughts on “Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry

  1. ewriters.pro

    A very interesting recipe, I did something similar at home when I was a student, but then the recipe was a little different. I’ll try to make according to your recipe, thanks for the post with the recipe!

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  2. Kim

    In the recipe it says “Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the sugar and cornstarch are dissolved.” but in the ingredients there’s only Sugar in the marinade?

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Kim, the marinade only contains sugar and it’s for marinating the tofu. And the sauce ingredients is used for cooking, which contains cornstarch.

      Reply