Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Quick, simple-to-make tofu stir-fry dish that will convert even the meat-only eaters. Although there is shrimp in the ingredients list it is an optional ingredient. This is great served with rice. Recipe adapted from New Mexico Magazine.
- 4 tablespoons corn oil
- 1 (1 lb) package firm tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
- 1 bunch green onion, sliced
- 1 cup snow peas, trimed and sliced
- 1⁄2 lb mushroom, sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 12 large shrimp (optional)
- 1 poblano pepper, sliced
- 1⁄4 cup rice vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup sweet and sour sauce
- 1 dash hot sauce (I use Frank's, or more to taste)
- Put cornstarch in pie pan.
- Add tofu and coat on all sides.
- Heat 2 TB oil in pan over medium-high heat.
- Add tofu and cook until brown (be careful it turns very easily).
- Remove and transfer to bowl.
- Add remaining 2 TB oil to pan.
- Saute vegetables (green onions- pepper) over medium heat until cooked through (10 minutes).
- Add shrimp (if using) and continue cooking 5 minutes or until shrimp is pink.
- Mix vinegar, sweet n' sour sauce and hot sauce in measuring cup.
- Add sauce mixture and tofu to pan and cook 5 minutes longer.
I really like this method of frying up tofu, the corn starch makes a nice coating providing you give it enough time to cook (not too high heat....and if you cook in a few batches, be sure to wipe out the pan in between). My 3 yr old enjoys it cooked like this, crispier the better. So other than the time it took to fry up to tofu, this is a very quick and easy recipe. I used Sweet and Sour Sauce for the sweet & sour sauce. The only thing I might do differently next time is half the amount of rice vinegar because combined with the S&S sauce it was a bit heavy on the vinegar side for me, but still good. I left out the poblano peppers and shrimp, and used broccoli, carrots & mushrooms for the veg. Thanks Ellie! Veg^n Swap Nov10.
This was simple and easy to make. I left out the shrimp(don't eat it), and at the last minute discovered I didn't have any sweet and sour sauce. So I found some lemon pepper marinade and added some brown sugar to sweeten it up a bit. It came out great! I will go out and buy some s&s sauce for the next time. Thanks ellie!
Yum! 1/2 cup cornstarch is quite a bit. Next time I will wrap with paper towels to dry the tofu then lightly dust with the cornstarch. It seemed to soak up a lot of cornstarch and ended up being a thicker gelatin coating. But we enjoyed it no matter. Thanks!