Dishes like this Peanut Tofu Stir-Fry are a breeze. It’s super flavorful, easy, and flexible. Not a fan of celery? Use 1 cup of any crunchy vegetable—try carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, or snap peas.
Serve the stir-fry in lettuce cups (see step 5) or with a green vegetable and black or brown rice.
This recipe was developed by Kate Sherwood, The Healthy Cook. Have a comment, question, or idea? Email Kate at email@example.com.
Time: 30 minutes
- 2 Tbs. peanut butter
- 3 Tbs. reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp. brown sugar or maple syrup
- 1 14 oz. package extra-firm or firm tofu, cut into cubes
- 1½ Tbs. + ½ Tbs. neutral-tasting oil (like peanut, sunflower, safflower, or grapeseed oil)
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 1 bunch scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ¼ cup roasted, salted peanuts
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ inch ginger, minced
- 8–10 butter or leaf lettuce leaves
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 chile pepper (like jalapeño or serrano) or mini bell pepper, sliced
- In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, and sugar with ½ cup water. Blot the tofu cubes with a towel.
- In a large nonstick pan over medium heat, heat 1½ Tbs. oil until shimmering. Sauté the tofu until browned on 2–3 sides, 5–7 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, leaving as much oil behind as possible. Increase the heat to high. Stir-fry the celery, scallions, and peanuts until browned in spots, 1–2 minutes. Return the tofu to the pan.
- While the tofu is cooking, make the sauce: In a small pan over medium heat, stir-fry the garlic and ginger in the remaining ½ Tbs. oil until light golden at the edges, about 1 minute. Whisk in the peanut butter mixture. Simmer until thickened, 1–2 minutes.
- Toss the vegetables and tofu with the peanut sauce.
- To serve as lettuce cups: Place a spoonful of the tofu-vegetable mixture in a lettuce leaf, then top with a little cabbage and chile or bell pepper.
Per serving (3/4 cup stir-fry in lettuce cups):
- Calories: 290
- Total fat: 20 g
- Sat fat: 3 g
- Carbs: 13 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Total sugar: 5 g
- Added sugar: 2 g
- Protein: 15 g
- Sodium: 520 mg
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