Tofu Stirfry

1 Dish
30 min

With the rise in plant based diets, tofu and other non-meat alternatives have become quite popular. I grew up eating tofu so it was never weird or strange for me. On the contrary, my mom often made tofu dishes that were so good that I would ask for them quite often. If you’ve never had tofu before, it comes in a variety of firmness levels. The level of firmness really depends on what you are using the tofu for. Soft or silken tofu is best eaten sweet but also works in savory dishes. You just have to remember not to cook it to death. Firm tofu is best for stir frying as it holds together better.

In my tofu stirfry recipe, I use firm or extra firm tofu. I press it to drain out some of the water and then cook it in the air fryer to further dry it out and improve its texture. The result is a meatier texture which holds its shape and soaks up the stir fry sauce. I hope you enjoy this dish!

Recipe details
  • 1  Dish
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 lb pack firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 large bok choy, sliced thin
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1” piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsps soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tbsps cooking oil
Preparing the Tofu
Remove the tofu from the container, wrap with a few pieces of paper towel. Place on a plate and then place a heavy object such as a can on top. Allow it to press for 30 minutes to a hour to drain.
Slice up tofu into desired size and arrange in a single layer in the air fryer. Air fry at 400F for 8 minutes, flip and air fry for another 8 minutes. Remove from the air fryer.
In a large sauté pan, heat on high. Add in your cooking oil and then the garlic and ginger. Stir fry for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add in the carrots and stir fry for 1 minute and then add in the bok choy and tofu. Stir fry for 1 minute and then add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir fry for another minute until the sauce is soaked up and the tofu and vegetables are well coated with the sauce. Serve hot with rice.
  • Ellie Lopez Ellie Lopez on May 14, 2021

    Good recipe but I have no air-fryer - no counter space. Conventional instructions would be nice.