Tofu Stir-Fry with Asparagus

"Dry Fry" Tofu Stir-Fry with Asparagus 

(A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll)

(from HubPages)


vegetable oil or peanut oil

1 brick extra firm tofu 

1 bunch fresh asparagus (bottoms removed and cut into 1 inch pieces)


1/4 cup soy sauce

1/8 cup rice wine (or dry sherry)  ((I didn't have either on hand))

1/4 large sweet onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated or crushed

1 teaspoon palm sugar (or brown sugar)

enough water to cover  the tofu

Brown sauce:

2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon black vinegar or balsamic vinegar (I used rice vinegar)

2 tablespoons palm sugar (or brown sugar)

1 teaspoon pepper

5 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 clove fresh garlic, crushed

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated

1 1/2 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry (I didn't use this)

3 tablespoons water


prepared white or brown rice 

1. Prepare the marinade and set aside.  Start preparing the rice to cook.

2. Cut the tofu into thin pieces and place between two absorbent cloth napkins or towels (not terry cloth) and gently press to get out the water.  (I let it sit there for a few minutes.)

3. Dry-fry:  Use a nonstick skillet or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet set to medium- low heat.  Slowly cook the tofu on a dry skillet (no oil!) and press lightly with a spatula and allow the water to evaporate.  The tofu will start off white and turn a golden yellow as it cooks. When the tofu freely moves on the pan and is golden brown, flip and cook the other side.  If your pan isn't big enough, you'll need to do this in 2 batches.  I have a cast iron griddle that extends over two burners and it worked perfect for this.

4. Cut the tofu into desired size, place in a bowl, and cover with the marinade- tossing every few minutes.

5. Prepare the brown sauce.  Boil for 3 minutes and set aside.

6. Heat a wok or large fry pan with 3 tablespoons of oil.  Add the drained tofu and asparagus and cook over medium-high heat until the asparagus is crisp-tender.  Lower the heat and add the brown sauce.

*optional: dissolve 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with a little bit of water.  Add to the stir fry if you would like a slightly thicker sauce.

Serve immediately over rice.