Japanese Mom's Tofu Stir-Fry

Total Time
25mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

My Mom NEVER buys extra firm tofu, just doesn't like the texture. One day (about 20 years ago) she bought extra firm by mistake. She didn't want to go back to the store, and didn't want to waste perfectly good food, so she came up with this recipe that has become a favorite for me. Now, she occassionally buys extra firm tofu on purpose! I love this and make it often when I want a simple quick lunch or supper.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 18 ounces tofu, extra firm (must be extra firm, this won't work with "silken" or soft)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 3 green onions (1/2 inch slices)
  • 14 cup soy sauce (use more if you like)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 12 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 -3 tablespoons sesame oil (no substitutes!)

Directions

  1. Remove tofu from container and drain. In a large bowl, mash the tofu with a potato masher. Place crumbles in a strainer and allow as much excess water to drain out as possible. (This is VERY important! Do not skip this step!).
  2. While tofu is draining in strainer, peel and shred carrots and prepare green onions.
  3. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce,sugar and mirin.
  4. In a large skillet, heat sesame oil. When oil is hot, add carrots and green onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes, add the tofu and mix together, continue to saute.
  5. Add soy sauce mixture. Allow to cook until carrots are tender but not over cooked.
  6. Serve over cooked rice.
Most Helpful

I don't know what to say. I have never ever eaten tofu before nor do i cook (very much at all). First, this recipe is simple. Secondly, this meal was OUTSTANDING. All the "myths" of tofu are wrong. I can eat that stuff right out of the package. The only thing I don't like is the calorie and fat content in it. I will use much less oil next time. Any recommendations on how to cut down the calories in it please email. Can't wait to try more tofu recipes. Don't think i will eat red meat ever again.

Ben with Big Break Billiards May 15, 2009

What an easy stir-fry! Takes almost no time at all to put together and easily fed three of us tonight served with white rice. I've got to say that I did not appreciate my tofu mashed - next time I would cube it as I usually do. A very nice sauce, although I added a good sprinkling of red pepper flakes since we like our stir-frys on the spicy side.

Brooke the Cook in WI May 05, 2009