Pineapple Stir Fry w/ Baked Tofu – crisp veggies, sweet pineapple, chewy baked tofu – all smothered in a sweet, salty, sticky stir fry sauce. Dinner in under an hour!
I have been loving on baked tofu lately. It’s crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. It can take on any flavors you choose. Last week I shared with you my Baked Tofu Tacos and this week I’m bringing you baked tofu in an Asian style dish – Pineapple Stir Fry w/ Baked Tofu. Since I can’t figure out how to get pan fried crispy tofu without oil, I chose to bake it instead. No oil needed! Perfect textures!
Better Than Take-Out
I love recreating my favorite take-out meals at home. Restaurants use lots of oil, and while it might taste delicious, it’s not exactly healthy fare. This Pineapple Stir Fry has all the flavor and none of the grease. Your tummy will thank you!
You can use whichever fresh vegetables you enjoy most. I love the combo of carrots, snow peas and water chestnuts. (Broccoli, red peppers and mushrooms would all be great choices as well). And I like them to keep a bit of their crunch. Paired with sweet pineapple and a sticky sauce, this stir fry is so good!
Pineapple Stir Fry w/ Baked Tofu
This recipe takes a little bit of prep work for the baked tofu, but you can make that ahead to save time. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. The rest of the dish comes together quickly. But, even start to finish, it takes just one hour.
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- 1 lb tofu , drained, pressed*, and cubed
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (or liquid aminos or tamari for a gluten free version)
- 2 tbsp pineapple juice
- 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger , peeled
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger (peeled and minced)
- 3/4 cup diced carrot
- 1/2 cup halved snow peas
- 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
- 3 scallions (sliced)
- 2 cups cubed pineapple
- about 1/2 cup water or broth for sautéing
- sliced green onion
- sesame seeds
- drizzle of sesame oil
- Press the tofu if you haven't already - see note. Cut it into cubes.
- Pour the marinade into a plastic Ziploc bag: 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp pineapple juice and 1/2 inch of fresh peeled ginger. Add the cubed tofu and mix around so it's all covered with marinade. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- When the tofu is done marinating, remove the tofu and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping each piece half way through the cooking time.
- In the meantime, whisk together the stir fry sauce: tomato paste, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp pineapple juice, maple syrup, and vinegar. Mix together the cornstarch and water and add to the sauce. Whisk well and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet with 2 tbsp water (or broth) over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 3 minutes.
- Add the carrots and 1/4 cup water (or broth), cover and let cook about 5-7 minutes. Check every few minutes and add more water/broth if the pan is getting dry. Add the snow peas, water chestnuts, scallions and pineapple chunks and cook another 2-3 minutes.
- Add the stir fry sauce and mix well. Add the baked tofu and mix again.
- Serve over rice and garnish with sliced green onions, sesame seeds and a sprinkle of sesame oil, if desired.
*To press tofu - place paper towels or a clean dishcloth on a plate and place block of drained tofu on top. Cover with more paper towels or another clean dishcloth, add another plate on top, and weigh it down with whatever you have. I used bags of dried beans or grains.
~To save time, chop your veggies while the tofu is marinating. You can make the stir fry sauce at this time too.
~The stir fry comes together quickly if you have everything prepped ahead of time. Don't start your stir fry until you have about 15 minutes left for baking the tofu. That way everything will be ready at the same time.
~Nutrition facts calculated without garnishes or rice.
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