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How To Make A Spicy Tofu Stir Fry

Updated on January 17, 2017

Stir-fries are one of my favorite things to make and eat at home. I often make it with chicken, seafood, or tofu, but for today's recipe, I will only be making it with tofu. If you do not like tofu you can add a meat of your choice because stir fries are always made according to our personal tastes. One nice thing about making stir fry at home it is is much cheaper than going out to eat, even from time-to-time. For this demonstration I am experimenting, so please do not expect it to be traditional because I make stir fries according to whatever mood I am in. A spicy tofu stir fry is yet another way to realize cooking can be easy, tasteful, and better than reheating something out of a box.

Step One: Cut The Tofu Into Pieces

Cut up a block of tofu.
Cut up a block of tofu.

For this recipe I used an entire block of medium firm tofu, which is lovely for stir fries. Tofu is a wonderful ingredient to use in almost any dish because it is high in protein and it absorbs the flavor of the other ingredients. There are approximately twenty grams of protein in a half cup serving of tofu, which is more than many vegetarian forms of protein. Tofu is formed from bean curd that is fermented and shaped into a mold, so it often looks like a block of cheese, but more porous.

Step Two: Cut Corn Off The Cobb

I love to purchase fresh corn on the cobb, but canned and frozen corn has almost as many nutrients as the fresher variety.
I love to purchase fresh corn on the cobb, but canned and frozen corn has almost as many nutrients as the fresher variety.

Corn is an unusual ingredient to use in a stirfry, but I am using it because it was on hand and I believe in using all ingredients in my refrigerator before spoilage occurs. Also, my mom is a much better cook than I will ever be, but the one tips she always passed on to me was to use all ingredients on hand and to have no waste. Corn is a wonderful source of nutrients such as copper, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. There are approximately one hundred thirty-two calories in a cup of corn, but much of this accounts for the high carbohydrate and protein content of this vegetable. Corn is a complete protein when mixed with beans, but we do not have to worry about that in this dish because we are using tofu/soy, which is a complete protein by itself. However, people can use meat in stir fries if the feel soy does not offer enough protein on its own.

Step Three: Add The Brocoli

Broccoli is a good source of nutrients such as Vitamin E.
Broccoli is a good source of nutrients such as Vitamin E.

Broccoli makes a wonderful addition to any traditional stirfry, so I feel it has a place in my unique stirfry! However, keep in mind I love to experiment with cooking and the purpose of this hub is to show you anything left around your house can be used for cooking supplies. Broccoli is low in calories and only has thirty-one per cup serving, which means this a good vegetable to eat without guilt. This vegetable is also a good source of nutrients such as magnesium, thiamin, and riboflavin.

Step Four: Place All Of The Ingredients Into The Pan

Place the corn, broccoli, and tofu into the pan. Add some olive oil, salt, pepper, red peppers, and some extra water to moisten the mixture. On this video you can see what I did.

Step Five: Add More Liquid And Then Gradually Add Some Rice and Noodles

Please remember I am was experimenting when I made this stir fry, so it may not look like what you see all the time. After I had fried my ingredients in the olive oil for a few minutes I added a little bit more water so the pan was very moist. Next, I added some rice and a small handful of noodles because I found this works very well for me. I was very happy with the results as you can see the in the youtube video I made for the second portion of this demonstration.

Step Six: Time To Eat

I am ready to eat my stir fry.
I am ready to eat my stir fry.

I was so excited about eating my stir fry that I barely had time to take this picture. I hope you enjoy your own stir fries and maybe write hubs about it. Bon Appetite!

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for the suggestions Woody.

    • Woody Marx profile image

      Woody Marx 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great ideas! I love tofu and find it is every bit as good as bacon (in a toasted sandwitch) and also can taste like many other meats, depending on what you soak it in. It is the vegetarian's delight! :)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I am hungry too, thanks for sharing!

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      Cup of Joe 

      10 years ago

      Sounds So Good!

      Now I'm hungry! :)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for all the nice comments.

    • stevemark122000 profile image

      stevemark122000 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      I will have to give this a try,it looks delicious, thanks.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Yum! I love tofu in a stirfry. I bought some yesterday when I was getting groceries. Tomorrow is stirfry day. I will try your way and let you know.

      great hub regards Zsuzsy

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for the comments White Atlantic and Valley Grl!

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      Valley Grl 

      10 years ago

      That is like totally awesome girl!

    • white atlantic profile image

      white atlantic 

      10 years ago from INDIA

      sweet :)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for all the comments.

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      Sweetiepie, I love stir fry also. It is one of those dishes that you can put in what ever you have on hand.

    • ahmu profile image

      ahmu 

      10 years ago

      nice hub sweetie

      thanx for share that sweetie

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Eileen,

      I love the tofu from the store, but I like homemade tofu the best because that is the kind my mom made when I was little.  It is really good, but honestly I use chicken most of the time, I just had happened to buy tofu the other day.  Thanks for commenting :).

      DominiqueGoh,

      I have never heard of egg tofu, is it made out of eggs?  I like to make soy tofu when I can, which is fun too. Egg tofu sounds good, I have never tried that. Thanks for stopping by :).

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Sweetie pie This sounds great, I love stir fries too. But have never tried tofu. Thanks will have to give it a go.

    • DominiqueGoh profile image

      DominiqueGoh 

      10 years ago from Singapore

      If you want more fragance you can add seaseme oil.

      It depends on the type of tofu you buy. There are specific tofu for steaming and frying. Egg tofu will work better for frying.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think using olive oil and spices helps quite a bit Tiffany. Also, you can buy tofu that is already fried, which will taste more like what is served in restaurants. Thanks for stopping by :).

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      TiffanyDow 

      10 years ago

      For some reason when I cook tofu, it's awful. When I buy it at restaurants, it tastes GREAT! I can't tell it's not meat. So I need some helpful tips like these to make it tasty. Thanks!

      tiff ;)

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