Szechuan Tofu & Green Bean Stir-Fry

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 30m

4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each

This spicy vegetarian stir-fry is a great way to use green beans when they’re bountiful and inexpensive at the supermarket. You can also try it with other vegetables, such as broccoli or peppers, just make sure to cut them into small pieces so that they cook quickly. Coating the tofu in cornstarch before you cook it gives it a light crust.

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Chinkiang vinegar (see Note) or balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • One 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 cups green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • Ingredient Note: Chinkiang is a dark, slightly sweet vinegar. It is available in many Asian specialty markets. If unavailable, balsamic vinegar is an acceptable substitute.

directions

Whisk 1/4 cup water, soy sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, crushed red pepper to taste and 1 teaspoon cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside. Cut the tofu into 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubes and pat dry. Toss the tofu in a bowl with the remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch to coat.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and spread out across the surface of the pan. Let cook undisturbed for 2 minutes. Gently turn and stir. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the green beans, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the remaining 1/4 cup water, cover and cook until the beans are crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir the reserved soy sauce mixture and pour it over the green beans. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Add the tofu and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute more.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 11498

nutrition information per serving

218 calories; 11g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 672mg sodium; 20g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 12g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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