Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry in Sweet Ginger Sauce
This Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry pairs chewy tofu and tender-crisp vegetables with an irresistible sweet ginger sauce for the perfect weeknight dinner. It’s great for meal prep, too!
Stir fries are the ultimate weeknight meal. When you’re tired after a long day at work, a stir fry requires minimal effort—and even better, you’ll have dinner done in minutes, too. They’re packed with flavour (hello, sweet ginger sauce!) and a variety of textures, and they’re super healthy.
This Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry has the perfect balance of plant protein and vegetables, and you’ll love the way the soft, chewy tofu contrasts with the slightly crisp carrots and broccoli.
Oh, and if carrots and broccoli aren’t your thing? This recipe is easy to customize with your favourite veggies. Sliced bell peppers, mushrooms, snap peas or snow peas, thinly sliced onions, zucchini—it’s like a choose-your-own-adventure kind of stir fry!
But whatever you do, don’t skip that sauce. It’s sticky and sweet, with a lovely bit of warmth from the fresh ginger root. So good.
Notes on Ingredients
Please note that this is important information on the ingredients and instructions and the FULL recipe with amounts and details can be found DOWN BELOW (scroll to it) in the recipe card.
For the sweet ginger sauce:
- Soy sauce or liquid aminos
- Maple syrup or agave
- Ginger root
- Rice wine vinegar – Be sure to buy the unseasoned kind; seasoned rice vinegar has added sugar.
For the stir fry:
- Firm tofu – Press the tofu before you start this recipe. Learn more: How To Cook Tofu 101 + Best Tips on Making the Most Delicious Tofu
- Sea salt and pepper
- Sesame oil
- Broccoli – Cut the broccoli into uniform pieces to ensure that it cooks evenly.
- Carrot – If you want to save yourself some prep time, you can buy a bag of julienned carrots instead of cutting them yourself.
Can You Substitute Ground Ginger for Ginger Root?
You can substitute ground ginger for ginger root in this recipe, but I don’t recommend it. Dried, ground ginger has a very different flavour profile than fresh ginger root. Fresh ginger is fragrant, subtly sweet, and has a complex, warm flavour that adds so much to this recipe.
If you do need to swap in ground ginger in this stir fry or any other recipe, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger is equivalent to 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger.
How to Make Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry
Ready for an easy, healthy dinner? Let’s get started!
Make the sauce. Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl; set aside.
Cook the tofu. In a large skillet or wok set over medium-high heat, add both of the oils. Once they’re hot and shimmering, add the tofu and 2 tablespoons of the sauce; be careful when you do this, because there might be some spattering! Cook each side of the tofu for about 2 to 3 minutes, until all sides are crispy and lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a plate.
Cook the veggies. Return the pan to the stovetop and add the broccoli and carrots; stir fry for about 2 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water and cover the pan. Steam for about 2 minutes, then uncover and lower the heat to medium.
Finish. Add the tofu and sauce to the pan, then pour in the cornstarch slurry. Stir to coat; cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.
Tips for Success
While this recipe is fairly straightforward, there are a few tricks and tips that can help make sure you get the perfect Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry!
- Cook the tofu and veggies separately. Yes, it’s tempting to just throw everything together at the beginning and save a little time, but if you want perfectly chewy tofu, it needs to cook separately from the vegetables.
- Make sure the cornstarch slurry is smooth. If it’s lumpy, those little lumpy bits will cook in the stir fry sauce, which isn’t the texture we’re going for in this recipe!
- Double the sauce if you’d like. If you like your stir fries extra saucy for serving over rice or cooked quinoa, you can double the sauce and slurry.
Meal Prep Ideas
Want to make this Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry into a week of meal prep lunches? I suggest pairing the stir fry with quinoa fried rice, traditional rice, or cauliflower rice, but store them separately to keep the grains (or cauliflower) from getting soggy. In a separate little container, you can bring thinly sliced scallions, sesame seeds, or cashews to add as garnish after heating; this will add some texture to your stir fry.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Store leftover stir fry in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It can be reheated in a skillet on the stovetop with a splash of oil, or in the microwave.
Can This Recipe Be Frozen?
You can freeze this stir fry in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months, but the texture won’t be quite the same after freezing, thawing, and reheating; the veggies will be a little softer. I recommend letting the stir fry thaw in the refrigerator, then reheating in the microwave or on the stovetop.
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Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry in Sweet Ginger Sauce
Sweet Ginger Sauce
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce, or liquid aminos
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, or agave
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 3-4 cloves of finely minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 lb block of firm tofu, pressed, (454g)
- pinch sea salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoons oil , neutral and high smoke point (eg. avocado oil)
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 heads broccoli, (168g) large stem removed and chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch + 2 teaspoon water for a cornstarch slurry
Sweet Ginger Sauce
- Stir all the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
Stir Fry + Putting It All Together
- In a pan over medium high, add both oils. When hot add in the tofu and 2 tablespoons of the sauce and crisp on each side for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until all sides are crisped up and browned. This helps to infuse the tofu with some sauce while it is cooking. Season with a sprinkle of sea salt and ground black pepper. Remove from pan and set aside.
- In the same pan, add the broccoli and carrot and toss for about 2 minutes heat. Then add in a few tablespoons of water and cover pan. Allow to steam for about 2 minutes. Remove cover, lower heat to medium and add in the tofu and the sauce. Pour in the cornstarch slurry here. Stir to coat everything in the sauce, then and allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes in the sauce.
- Remove from heat and top with extra sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve and enjoy!
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This stir fry is so yummy. I am so in love with this sauce, the flavors were perfection! It will definitely be my go to stir fry sauce from now on.
We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Camille! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!
Made this for dinner tonight and YUM! The sauce is absolutely delicious! I added in some other veggies that I had on hand – bell pepper and mushroom – and it all melded together beautifully. No leftovers tonight!
Jessica, this was SO GOOD. This is now the second time I’ve made this since discovering your recipe last week! I used ground ginger and garlic powder in the sauce, so I can only imagine how amazing it would be if I used fresh!
We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Jen! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!
Tried this out recently and it turned out amazing! Filling but also nice on a summer day, loved the flavors. And the note on pressing tofu, so helpful, for once I didn’t make a mess of the tofu!
So yummy!! Had some bok choy that needed to be used up so decided to search the blog for a stir fry recipe! Copied the recipe almost exactly, but just subbed in the bok choy where the broccoli would be. Quick, easy and delicious!
I’m a lot of things, but chef/cook is something I’ve yet to master. Enter Jessica in the kitchen! This dish was so freaking easy and super delicious! I made it on a Friday night when I typically order takeout my 3 favorite takeout cuisines are: Chinese/Thai/Burmese, and this hit the spot. Took about 45 minutes to get everything together and it was smackin! Yum, thanks so much for sharing your recipes!
Wow! We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Malia! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!
Quick and easy weeknight dinner! Added some red pepper flakes to the sauce for a little kick 🙂 Will be adding to our rotation for sure and tastes great with any veggies on hand!
We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Jenna! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment! I love spice so I fully endorse adding the red pepper flakes!
Can you believe I’ve been vegetarian my whole life and never made stir fry from scratch before?! From a pre-packaged kit, sure but NEVER again! This was so good i might make it again tomorrow now that I know what I’m actually doing having also never fried tofu before. Thank you for such a simple and yet delicious recipe!
Cheers to first times!!! We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Krisha! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!
So sorry – I meant air FRYING 🙈 as in can I cook the tofu initially in the air fryer?
Yes you definitely can!
Just wondering if air drying the tofu before adding it to the sauce is an option here? (Just out of laziness as I will have a toddler underfoot) Would that give crispy-ness? Thanks and love your recipes!
Hi we’ve never tried that but wrapping it in a paper towel or cloth when air drying sounds like a possible option. Thanks so much for reading.
May I please ask, for the above recipe I have to use plain tofu or a marinated one?
Many thanks, Laura
Hi Laura we used a plain block of tofu. I hope this helps!