Imagine this: Crispy tofu and vibrant, crunchy broccoli, tossed through a spicy, gingery, black peppery, sweet, and salty sauce. Served with fluffy rice. And topped with fresh green onions and red chilis. Oh my goodness, yes. I’m talking about my recipe for Black Pepper Tofu and Broccoli.
This black pepper tofu dish is one of my favorite things to make at the moment, whether for a delicious weeknight dinner or (especially) as part of an Asian-inspired feast with friends.
And I have a feeling it’s going to become one of your go-to faves too.
If you’re looking for an epic, restaurant-quality vegan dish to delight and impress your friends (and your own tastebuds) with, well, this is it.
This stir-fried Black Pepper Tofu and Broccoli ticks all of the boxes. It’s:
- Spicy, savory, and sweet
- Crispy, crunchy, chewy, and caramelized
- Absolutely delicious
If you have 45 minutes to spare, then the Asian-inspired dinner of your dreams is well within reach!
To make this Black Pepper Tofu Stir-Fry with Broccoli, you’ll need a few ingredients. Most of which you probably already have… Plus a few you might not (like light and dark soy sauce), that are definitely worth adding to your pantry!
For the stir-fry, you’ll need:
- Firm tofu
- Corn starch (to dust the tofu and make it crispy!)
- Garlic cloves
- Red chilis
- Regular or vegan butter
- A flavorless frying oil, like sunflower oil or grapeseed oil
For the sauce, you’ll need:
- Light soy sauce (note: this is not the same as low-sodium soy sauce!)
- Dark soy sauce (note: this is not the same as regular soy sauce!)
- Black peppercorns
- Brown sugar
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Like where this is heading? I promise you’re going to love this Black Pepper Tofu & Broccoli Stir-Fry!
Dark and light soy sauce
Light soy sauce is salty, reddish-brown in color, thin in viscosity, and has a lighter flavor. It’s absolutely essential in Chinese cooking and in other Asian cuisines.
On the other hand, dark soy sauce is almost black. It has been reduced, and is, therefore, thicker, darker, a little sweeter, and slightly less salty than light soy sauce. It’s aged longer and has a more full-bodied flavor. This sauce is also essential in many Asian cuisines.
So why use both? Combining light soy sauce and dark soy sauce creates a rich, balanced, full-bodied sauce that will help caramelize whatever you’re cooking. The pair also make a beautiful, deep color.
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How to make this Black Pepper Tofu and Broccoli Stir-Fry
Now that we have our ingredients sorted, let’s stir-fry up some black pepper tofu with broccoli!
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Use some tongs to turn the tofu every few minutes, until each side is golden brown and crisped up. Place the fried tofu cubes on a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
3. In the meantime, mix the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set it aside.
4. Next, melt some butter (regular or vegan butter) in the wok and throw in the shallots, garlic, ginger, and chilis. Cook them low and slow to bring out all of the delicious flavors, then throw in the broccoli and stir-fry it until it’s just cooked through – so it’s still vibrant and crunchy!
5. Then, the tofu goes back in, plus the sauce, and the black pepper. Stir-fry everything for a few minutes more, so that the tofu can reheat, the sauce can thicken, and all of the bold flavors can marry.
6. Top it all off with fresh green onion slivers and slices of red chili, then serve it atop some fluffy rice. Enjoy!
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Vegan Black Pepper Tofu and Broccoli Stir-Fry
If you want to know the general comment I receive every time I make this recipe for a friend, it goes something like this: “Wow, Maddy. This is so delicious. It’s, like, restaurant-quality. You have to give me the recipe!”
So from one friend to another, trust me! This is the recipe you didn’t know you needed, but won’t be able to live without. You’re going to love this Vegan Black Pepper Tofu and Broccoli!Print
Black Pepper Tofu with Broccoli
This vegan stir-fry of black pepper tofu with broccoli is flavor-packed and full of interesting textures. Equal parts spicy, savory, and sweet, crispy, crunchy, and caramelized, this recipe is perfect for a delicious weeknight dinner or as part of an Asian-inspired feast with friends.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 40
- Total Time: 45
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stir-Fry
- Cuisine: Asian-Inspired
- Diet: Vegan
- 2 bricks firm tofu, cubed (800 g or 28 oz, in total)
- 3 tbsp cornstarch/cornflour
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil or grapeseed oil
- 3 tbsp butter (regular or vegan butter)
- 6–8 medium shallots, thinly sliced (1.5 cups or 150 g)
- 5–7 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
- 4–6 hot red chilis (like small Thai chilis), thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp ginger, freshly grated
- 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets (3–4 cups or 350 g)
- 3 tbsp brown sugar, packed
- 4 tbsp dark soy sauce (see notes)
- 3 tbsp light soy sauce (see notes)
- 2 tbsp black peppercorns, freshly cracked
- 2 green/spring onions, white parts only, cut finely on an extreme slant
- In a large bowl, toss the tofu and cornstarch together until the cornstarch evenly coats the tofu. This will help us get a beautiful, crispy crust on the tofu.
- In a wok over medium-high heat, heat up the oil. Fry the tofu in 3-4 batches to avoid overcrowding the wok. Use some tongs to turn the tofu pieces every few minutes, until each side is golden brown and crisped up. Place the fried tofu cubes on a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Once complete, carefully remove any excess oil from the pan.
- In the wok over low-medium heat, melt the butter. Add in the shallots, garlic, ginger, and chilis. Sauté them for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until everything is cooked through and soft.
- In the meantime, in a small bowl, mix together the dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, brown sugar, and black pepper. Set aside.
- Turn the heat up to medium-high, add in the broccoli florets, and stir-fry for about 5 minutes, until the broccoli is bright green and cooked through, but still crunchy. Add another tablespoon of butter during this step, if necessary.
- Turn the wok back down to low-medium heat. Re-stir the sauce mixture in the bowl, then add it into the wok. Add in the tofu. Stir everything together. Allow the tofu to heat through, for about 2 minutes. Stir in the green onions, and more slices of fresh red chili (if desired).
- Enjoy immediately with some rice, like basmati or jasmine. You could even try it with rice noodles!
- Light soy sauce is not the same as low-sodium soy sauce and dark soy sauce is not the same as regular soy sauce! You need both to make this recipe. Light soy sauce is salty, reddish-brown in color, thin in viscosity, and has a lighter flavor. Dark soy sauce is almost black; it’s thicker, a little sweeter, and slightly less salty than light soy sauce. It’s aged longer and has a more full-bodied flavor. Combining light soy sauce and dark soy sauce creates a rich, balanced, full-bodied sauce that will help caramelize whatever you’re cooking. The pair also make a beautiful, deep color.
- If you don’t already have a traditional Chinese wok, I recommend getting this one. It will make all of your future Asian-inspired cooking adventures easier and far more enjoyable!
Keywords: black pepper tofu, black pepper tofu with broccoli, black pepper and ginger tofu
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