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5 Minute Stir Fried Teriyaki Tofu

20/05/2021

5 minute Teriyaki Tofu bites? Yes, please. Perfect as a quick weeknight meal, toss on top of a sushi bowl, wrap in temaki sushi or eat on their own for a quick snack.

A bowl of stir fried teriyaki tofu.

Why We Love This

Firm tofu is so easy to work with, it doesn’t fall apart like soft tofu and you get that nice mouth-feel with every bite. 

Stir fry recipes are always a hit, especially when they only take 5 minutes in the pan. There’s no marinating required, and no time waiting around for it to cook through like chicken and beef.

Freshly cooked teriyaki tofu on a sushi bowl.

What is Teriyaki Tofu? 

Teriyaki Tofu are extra firm tofu pieces stir fried in a homemade teriyaki sauce and usually served over rice.

The bites can be eaten by themselves, or with a dish such as sushi bowls.

What You’ll Need

  • Tofu – Look for extra firm tofu – this is key to holding its shape and that classically crispy teriyaki tofu finish! Soft tofu will just end up as mush. If you want a different protein, you can also try teriyaki chicken.
  • Teriyaki Sauce – We love keeping a bottle of homemade teriyaki sauce in the fridge for quick meals like this. You can also buy bottled teriyaki sauce from the supermarket in a pinch.
Ingredients laid out for teriyaki tofu.

How to make Teriyaki Tofu:

  1. Pop a wok on medium-high heat and pour in your vegetable oil. Heat up for a minute or two. Add the extra firm tofu pieces and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, flipping them and browning all sides as you go.
  2. Once the tofu is lightly browned on all edges, pour in the teriyaki sauce. It will bubble up with the heat and start to stick to the tofu right away, so use a spatula to flip and coat the tofu. The sauce will thicken and evaporate quickly (around 30 secs – 1 minute). Once it’s almost all gone, switch off the heat. Transfer your teriyaki tofu onto a sushi bowl, eat as is or serve over rice.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Get Your Wok Hot – A hot wok or cast iron skillet over medium heat will crisp up the edges of your tofu nicely, leaving you with browned sides that are perfect for coating in your delicious homemade teriyaki sauce.
  • Press Out The Moisture – Less moisture in your tofu means a crispier result. You can go one step further from just patting the pieces dry, by wrapping the block of tofu (prior to cutting) in a tea towel or paper towel and placing a heavy plate or bowl on top to help squeeze out any extra water. This should only take a couple of minutes.

FAQs

Should I marinate tofu before cooking?

No, you don’t have to marinate tofu before cooking. In fact, we love frying it first to get it crispy and THEN adding the sauce to it. Of course, you can marinate tofu if you prefer. If you do, marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes, up to 3 days. Extra firm tofu will again work best as it holds its shape well over time.

How long should I cook tofu?

Tofu only needs a few minutes to cook when frying. This is enough time to brown the edges and seal in any leftover water so it stays nice and moist inside. Unlike meat, you don’t have to ensure tofu is ‘cooked all the way through’ as it can be eaten raw.

What can I do with leftover tofu?

Tofu is an very versatile ingredient. You can use it in any recipe that calls for protein, like curries and salads, or use it in classic tofu dishes such as sushi bowls, mapo tofu udon noodles or miso soup.

Variations

  • Proteins – Feel free to swap out the tofu for teriyaki chicken, fish or even beef.
  • Add Vegetables – Make it even healthier by frying broccoli, carrot or beans alongside the tofu.
  • Save Even More Time – Keep frozen sushi rice on hand that you can reheat just before serving.
  • Garnishes – Top your tofu with creamy sesame dressing, furikake rice seasoning, toasted sesame seeds or shichimi togarashi
  • Bake It Instead – If you prefer crispy baked teriyaki tofu instead of fried, you can coat the tofu pieces in the teriyaki sauce in a small bowl. Then spread them out evenly on a baking tray, holding back any leftover sauce (this will only make things soggy). Next, pop it in a pre-heated oven at 200°C / 400°F for 30 minutes, flipping them over half way through cooking.
A bowl of tofu stir fried in teriyaki sauce.

PS. Got soft tofu instead of firm? Make yudofu instead!

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Close up shot of teriyaki tofu garnished with furikake and spring onion.

5 Minute Stir Fried Teriyaki Tofu

5 minute Teriyaki Tofu bites? Yes, please. Perfect as a quick weeknight meal, toss on top of a sushi bowl, wrap in temaki sushi or eat on their own for a quick snack.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 1 bowl
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pop a wok on medium-high heat and pour in your vegetable oil. Heat up for a minute or two.
  • Add the extra firm tofu pieces and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, flipping them and browning all sides as you go.
  • Once the tofu is lightly browned on all edges, pour in the teriyaki sauce. It will bubble up with the heat and start to stick to the tofu right away, so use a spatula to flip and coat the tofu. The sauce will thicken and evaporate quickly (around 30 secs – 1 minute). Once it’s almost all gone, switch off the heat. Transfer your teriyaki tofu onto a sushi bowl, eat as is or serve over rice.

Video

Recipe Notes

  • Tofu – Look for extra firm tofu – this is key to holding its shape and that classically crispy teriyaki tofu finish! Soft tofu will just end up as mush. If you want a different protein, you can also try teriyaki chicken.
  • Teriyaki Sauce – We love keeping a bottle of homemade teriyaki sauce in the fridge for quick meals like this. You can also buy bottled teriyaki sauce from the supermarket in a pinch.
  • Get Your Wok Hot – A hot wok or cast iron skillet over medium heat will crisp up the edges of your tofu nicely, leaving you with browned sides that are perfect for coating in your delicious homemade teriyaki sauce.
  • Press Out The Moisture – Less moisture in your tofu means a crispier result. You can go one step further from just patting the pieces dry, by wrapping the block of tofu (prior to cutting) in a tea towel or paper towel and placing a heavy plate or bowl on top to help squeeze out any extra water. This should only take a couple of minutes.
  • Proteins – Feel free to swap out the tofu for teriyaki chicken, fish or even beef.
  • Add Vegetables – Make it even healthier by frying broccoli, carrot or beans alongside the tofu.
  • Save Even More Time – Keep frozen sushi rice on hand that you can reheat just before serving.
  • Garnishes – Top your tofu with creamy sesame dressing, furikake rice seasoning, toasted sesame seeds or shichimi togarashi
  • Bake It Instead – If you prefer crispy baked teriyaki tofu instead of fried, you can coat the tofu pieces in the teriyaki sauce in a small bowl. Then spread them out evenly on a baking tray, holding back any leftover sauce (this will only make things soggy). Next, pop it in a pre-heated oven at 200°C / 400°F for 30 minutes, flipping them over half way through cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 2917mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4mg
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