This teriyaki tofu stir fry with broccoli is a quick and simple dinner that you'll find yourself craving again and again. It's ready in only 30 minutes and uses a flavor-loaded teriyaki sauce.
This is an easy vegetable and tofu stir fry that's perfect to whip up on a busy day. It's a simple, healthy, quick recipe with BIG flavor that comes from the sauce.
The Tastiest Teriyaki Sauce
The flavors of the sauce in this recipe are what set it apart: there's fresh ginger, garlic, and a little pure maple syrup for sweetness.
When the sauce cooks in the pan with the tofu it thickens and gets sticky, coating the tofu cubes and broccoli. Both the tofu and broccoli take on the flavor of the sauce.
- Sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- Pure maple syrup
- Rice wine vinegar
- Sesame oil: sesame oil is best, but you can swap it out for a neutral-flavored oil or olive oil.
- Broccoli: instead of broccoli, feel free to customize your stir fry with 2 cups of your favorite veggies (carrots, bell peppers, and green onions are all popular).
- Soy sauce: use coconut aminos or tamari sauce instead of soy sauce to make this recipe gluten free.
- Pure maple syrup: you can also use honey.
- Cornstarch: use arrowroot flour or tapioca flour for similar results (this is used to thicken the sauce).
- Prepare the tofu: drain and press the tofu. Cut into cubes.
- Make the sauce: in a medium bowl, stir together the ingredients for the sauce until well combined. Set aside.
- Cook the broccoli: add a drizzle of oil to a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the broccoli and saute for 3 - 4 minutes, until barely softened. Set aside.
- Cook the tofu: heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan and then add the tofu and cook 2- 3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
- Make the stir fry: turn the heat to medium low and pour the sauce over the tofu. Let the sauce bubble (turn up the heat if need be) and thicken for about 1 - 2 minutes. Gently stir in the cooked broccoli.
- Serve: serve immediately, optionally over rice or noodles and garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.
Before cooking the tofu, you'll want to drain and press it. Open your tofu, drain any liquid and then wrap your tofu in a kitchen towel or paper towels. Then press the tofu using a tofu press or place it on a cutting board with a heavy book or weight on top. Ideally you want to press it for 20 - 30 minutes (or more).
You'll add the tofu to your skillet (or wok) with oil and cook it for 2 - 3 minutes on each side, until the tofu is mostly browned. It's OK if the tofu isn't perfectly browned on all sides — just try to flip it as you cook and cook the pieces as evenly as possible.
You can eat the tofu and broccoli alone or served over rice (white long-grain rice) or noodles. Popular noodle options include udon, soba, rice noodles, or even spaghetti/linguine noodles.