Easy Shaking Tofu Recipe: Shake Up Dinner With This Tasty Asian Tofu Recipe by Donna John

Easy Shaking Tofu Recipe: Shake Up Dinner With This Tasty Asian Tofu Recipe

My son is vegan, my oldest daughter is vegetarian and my youngest daughter won't eat red meat. So I am always on the lookout for recipes that all three of them will enjoy. Enter this shaking tofu recipe. This easy Asian tofu recipe is loaded with flavor and really easy to make.

To make this shaking tofu you'll need just a few ingredients. Here is your shopping list: extra-firm tofu, Maggi seasoning, granulated sugar, garlic, sesame oil, cornstarch, vegetable oil, red and/or green bell peppers and onion.

Serve this vegetarian and vegan stir-fry recipe for lunch or dinner with your favorite side dishes. We like it with rice and a vegetable like snow peas or broccolini.

Like meat? Try this shaking beef recipe.

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Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 16 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons Maggi seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup green or red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces (or a combination)
  • 1/3 cup onion, cut into bite-sized pieces

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Recipe Notes

  • You can use reduced-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminios instead of Maggi seasoning.
  • Be sure to get as much moisture out of the tofu as you can before cooking.
  • You could add different vegetables to this tofu recipe.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Sprinkle the tofu with a little salt in a mixing bowl. Toss to coat, then spread the tofu onto paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Let the tofu release its moisture for about 15 minutes. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the water, Maggi seasoning, sugar, garlic, sesame oil and cornstarch. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  4. Add the onion and peppers. Cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. 
  5. Put the tofu back into the pan with the vegetables. Pour in the sauce. Cook until sauce thickens. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 333

Total Fat: 22.4g

Saturated Fat: 2.9g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 420mg

Total Carbohydrate: 16.2g

Dietary Fiber: 1.8g

Total Sugars: 9.5g

Protein: 23.1g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 409mg

Iron: 4mg

Potassium: 395mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Always looking for alternatives to meat (striking a balance here), so thank you for the yummy recipe!
Melissa Vickers
I recently read about how freezing tofu before using it makes it spongier and soaks up more of whatever sauce you are using. www.bonappetit.com/story/freez... has instructions. I have just frozen it in the package, and then thawed it, and it worked fine.

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