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Tofu Yakitori Stir-Fry
with broccoli / rice

Active: 25 min Total: 40 min
The sauce for this stir-fry is savory and a bit sweet with a kick of fresh ginger. This is a variation of a recipe featured in February 2016 when our community members called it a great blank slate for just about any vegetables - feel free to swap out your favorites.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Basmati Rice (for 2 nights):
  • Water - 1 3/4 cups
  • Rice, basmati - 1 cup (sub regular white rice)
Tofu Yakitori Stir-Fry:
  • Tofu, extra firm - 16 oz, .5" / 1.25cm cubes (vacuum-packed preferable)
  • Broccoli florets - 10 oz
  • Celery - 2 ribs, sliced
  • Ginger - 2 tsp, grated
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Mirin - 2 Tbsp (find this Japanese rice wine in the international aisle; sub rice vinegar)
  • Brown sugar - 1 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/4 cup (sub water)
  • Coleslaw mix - 5 oz
  • Sesame seeds, white - 1 Tbsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving

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Prep

  1. Cook rice - This makes enough for 2 nights. Fill a saucepan with water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then add rice. Bring to a simmer, cover, turn heat down to low and cook until rice has absorbed all the liquid, 15 to 18 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first. Then chop into 0.5” / 1.25 cm cubes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Broccoli / Celery / Ginger / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store broccoli and celery each in their own containers. Combine ginger and garlic in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make stir-fry sauce - Combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, water, mirin and brown sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Toss tofu with cornstarch and season with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add first part of oil and then tofu. Cook tofu on all sides until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Set tofu aside and return pan to heat.
  3. Add second part of oil to heated pan and then broccoli. Saute broccoli for 1 minute to get it started cooking. Add stock and cover with a lid. Steam broccoli for 2 minutes (steam for 2 to 3 minutes more if you'd like it very tender). Remove lid and add celery and coleslaw mix. Continue cooking vegetables until liquid has cooked off and vegetables are all tender.
  4. Move vegetables to the side of the pan to create a donut shape with a hole in the center. Pour stir-fry sauce in the hole and wait for sauce to start bubbling.
  5. Add tofu back to wok and toss everything together to combine. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove pan from heat and stir in sesame seeds.
  7. Set aside 3/4 cup / 177mL cooked rice (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) for Thursday’s meal. Reheat remaining rice in the microwave (if needed).
  8. Serve stir-fry over rice. Finish with some hot sauce if you’d like. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (103)
Gluten-free (8)
Paleo (12)
Vegetarian (19)

33 reviews

Stir-fry are always a safe card, and this has become one of my fav dishes, love the combo with Broccoli.

By: Cecilia
Posted: Apr 14, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I would have given this a higher score, except that I have absolutely loved every other stir-fry on Cook Smarts, so I had high expectations for this one, and it didn't live up to them for me. It just wasn't very exciting somehow

By: Jenna
Posted: Apr 04, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Needs more sauce so make 1.5x sauce

By: Cathleen
Posted: Mar 01, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

This was really good. I left out the sugar and the sauce was pretty runny but we didn’t mind. Could add some arrow root powder to thicken it but we thought it was good the way it was.

By: Amber
Posted: Feb 26, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was pretty good (and really easy with the prep already done), but the paleo version of the sauce could have used more punch (I did leave out the honey, though).

By: Sarah
Posted: Feb 18, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Very tasty. I can never seem to get my tofu dry enough to fry up well, but it still tastes pretty good and worked well with the sauce.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Feb 17, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful