Basil, cilantro, mint, and peanuts give this tofu stir-fry a fresh, Thai-inspired flavor. Serve with rice noodles or jasmine rice.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut tofu in half widthwise. Keep the pieces stacked and cut lengthwise into thirds (creates 6 rectangles), and then cut the tofu horizontally (slicing parallel to work surface) into quarters to create 24 cubes, each about 1 inch. Press the tofu. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, curry paste, and coconut milk until blended; set aside.

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  • In a large, nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Add the tofu and sear without moving until the cubes have browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully turn the tofu and sear other side until browned, about 2 minutes more. Turn and sear a third side, again for about 2 minutes. Remove tofu to a plate and set aside.

  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet and heat. Add the broccoli, red pepper, 3 tablespoons of water, and salt to taste; cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are almost tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Return tofu to the skillet and stir in the sauce. Cook to heat and blend flavors, about 1 minute. Serve immediately, garnishing each portion with basil, cilantro, mint, and peanuts.

Cook's Notes

To stir-fry successfully, prepare everything before you begin; then cook in batches. Forget the wok and use a skillet large enough to hold a single layer of tofu, which will ensure that your tofu browns and becomes crisp. For a spicier version, you can double the curry paste to 2 teaspoons.

Reviews (2)

11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: Unrated
02/14/2014
The "sauce" is curiously flavorless, and to tell you the truth, I had to make myself a giant salad afterward, since I was starving. I'm not a vegetarian, but I often will eat a meatless meal. This was just not a satisfying tofu dish. I don't care for bell peppers, so I left them out, but I doubt that would have made the difference. I won't make it again.
Rating: Unrated
12/05/2010
This recipe needed a few adjustments for our taste: -less fish sauce -more chinese brocoli Thanks for the base !