Honestly, I was too tired to cook anything that would take longer than 15 minutes. So, I decided that a vegan teriyaki “chicken” stir fry might be a good idea.
This dish is incredibly delicious, with the pop of sweetness coming from the sliced red bell peppers to the tender and juicy tofu chunks that were fried over high heat.
If you ever wanted something easy, fun, and delicious – this is the dish you need to make.
Some great things about this recipe —
- It’s customizable. If you want to add sugar snap peas, or swap out the bell pepper for carrots…do it.
- It’s quick. In total, it takes about 15 minutes of cook time. Of course, we’re not counting the time it takes to freeze the tofu.
- It’s affordable. For this recipe, I used what I already had at my home. I had tofu, broccoli, teriyaki sauce, and half of bell pepper hanging out in the fridge.
- It’s accessible. This recipe is pretty accessible, using ingredients that are typically easy to find. I opted to use a bottle of teriyaki sauce rather than making it from scratch because we won’t have to fish out 10 different ingredients for the sauce. The sauce is already done.
Why Use Frozen Tofu
I use frozen tofu for nearly all of my recipes when I want to replicate the chewiness and texture of meat. All you need to do is when you bring that block of tofu home, is throw it into the back of a freezer.
You can use it the next day, or really, whenever. It’s frozen, so it’ll last for a while.
In addition to enhancing the texture of tofu, freezing also creates pours which makes pressing the tofu really easy. The pours also help with getting marinades and sauces to penetrate and effectively be absorbed by the tofu.
How To Steam Broccoli
We’re steaming the broccoli prior to stir-frying everything to ensure it has been fully cooked and tender. To steam broccoli, you just need to use a bit of water and heat. No fancy equipment is necessary.
How to steam: add about 1-inch of water in a saucepan or small pot. Once water is boiling, add the broccoli florets. Cover with a lid and steam for about 4-5 minutes, until fork-tender. That’s it.
Should I Use Store-Bought Or Homemade Teriyaki Sauce?
For the sake of saving time, effort, and being considerate about using easy-to-find ingredients, we used a store-bought bottle of teriyaki sauce. However, you can make the sauce from scratch if you like.
A homemade teriyaki sauce includes water, cornstarch, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger. Allrecipes has a recipe that seems to be pretty easy to whip up.
What Else Can I Add To A Stir Fry?
- Udon noodles
- Bok choy
- Frozen vegetables
- Bell pepper
Vegan Teriyaki “Chicken” Stir Fry
- Freeze a block of tofu for at least 24 hours. Once frozen, defrost in a microwave for 10 minutes. Allow the tofu to cool down for about 5 minutes.
- Once cool, press the tofu with a tofu press or with the back of two large plates. See notes.
- Cut the tofu into bite-sized cubes. Set aside.
- Steam the broccoli florets. Add ½ inch water to a pot or saucepan over medium heat. Once water is boiling, add the broccoli florets and cover the pot. Steam for 4-5 minutes until fork-tender. Set aside.
- In a non-stick skillet over high heat pour one tablespoon of oil. Next, add the tofu pieces. Evenly pour the soy sauce over the tofu pieces. Cook and turn tofu until golden on each side.
- Once the tofu is cooked, add another tablespoon of oil to the same pan. Add the broccoli, red bell pepper, and teriyaki sauce.
- Stir fry and cook for 4-5 minutes over high heat.
- Start with a frozen block of tofu. Freezing the tofu will yield a much chewier texture. Additionally, you’ll be able to get more of the water out, which helps bring more of the sauce in.
- You can defrost tofu in a microwave for about 10-12 minutes.
- Because we are stir-frying, it’s important to use an oil that has a high smoke point. Your options include avocado oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, peanut oil, and sesame oil.
- If you don’t have a tofu press, that’s fine. You can use the back of two large plates and press the water out. You’ll find it’s easier to press the tofu when previously frozen.
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