Almond Butter Tofu Stir Fry

I love this dish so much that I make it nearly once a week. Recipe modified slightly from once of my favorite vegan websites, the minimalistbaker.com.

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 min

Type: Entree

Ingredients:

  • Extra firm tofu, 12 oz
  • Harvest Grains from Trader Joe’s or brown rice (for serving)
  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • Marinade
    • 1 Tbsp sesame oil (+1 Tbsp for cooking)
    • 4 Tbsp reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
    • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
    • 2 Tbsp almond butter
    • 2 Tbsp lime juice (or juice of 1 lime)
    • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. While preheating, wrap tofu in a clean, absorbent towel and set something heavy on top – like a cast-iron skillet – to press out excess moisture.
  3. Once oven is preheated, unwrap tofu and cut into small cubes. Arrange on the lined baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 28-30 minutes or until puffy, dried out, and slightly crispy on the edges. This step helps crisp up the tofu.
  4. While it’s baking, add 1 Tbsp sesame oil, tamari/soy sauce, maple syrup, almond butter, lime juice, and red pepper flake to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Then taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more almond butter for creaminess / nuttiness, tamari/soy sauce for saltiness, maple sauce for sweetness, or red pepper flakes for heat.
  5. If serving with Harvest Grains or rice, prepare at this time
  6. Add baked tofu to the almond butter-tamari sauce and let marinate for 5-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer it marinates, the more intense the flavor, but 5-15 is plenty sufficient.
  7. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the tofu, leaving most of the marinade behind (this will be added to the vegetables for flavor).
  8. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides and slightly caramelized. Remove from pan and set aside.
  9. To the skillet, add remaining 1 Tbsp sesame oil, green beans and peppers and 2-3 Tbsp of the marinade. Cover to steam for about 4-5 minutes or until green beans are slightly tender. Then remove lid, increase heat to medium high, and add remaining marinade and the tofu. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Then remove from heat.
  10. Serve over cooked Harvest Grains or rice.

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