Thai Peanut Tofu Stir Fry

My husband and I first met at a community dinner where tofu was served. Then we kept bumping into each another at a health-food coop—where tofu was sold. When I invited him to my apartment for our fourth date, I served (care to guess?) tofu. With all that bean curd synchronicity, I had to marry the man. So as long as we’ve been married, which is 22 years, there has been tofu in our fridge. For us, meatless meals happen any day of the week.

Although it’s a food that (arguably) kindled a romance, tofu is bland and nearly tasteless. Yet, the cook who has a variety of herbs, spices, and dressings or sauces at his or her disposal, can make tofu entrees that are anything but bland. Having a supply of Litehouse dressings, dips, and herbs in my kitchen means that hundreds more unique tofu dishes are possible in my kitchen, and in yours.

Block of Tofu

My new favorite dressing for preparing tofu is Litehouse’s Thai Peanut Dressing, which (thankfully), contains no peanuts, because there are peanut allergies in the family. I often use tofu to make stir fry, and the Litehouse Thai Peanut Dressing seems “tailor-made” for stir fry dishes. The Asian cooking trinity of garlic, ginger, scallions—each of these—is available as Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs. By using convenient, freeze-dried herbs, such as Litehouse Instantly Fresh Basil and Instantly Fresh Spring Onion, I save time during weekday meal preparation by skipping the washing, spinning, drying, and chopping required with typical herbs. The results are as delicious and exotic as any Thai stir fry is expected to be. This tofu stir fry is a mad favorite among my family.

Sliced and Diced Tofu 

Perhaps there isn’t a tofu-inspired romance in your past, as it is with my husband and me, but I’m confident that you’ll adore Litehouse’s Thai Peanut Dressing and Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs for your next stir fry.

Stir Fry Ingredients w Tofu 


Thai Peanut Tofu Stir Fry

Serves 4-5 | Finish in 35 minutes

Create a quick and tasty stir fry with Litehouse Thai Peanut Dressings and Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs. This recipe includes fresh vegetables and tofu.


2 14-ounce pkgs plain tofu,
2 Tbsp. sunflower safflower or peanut oil divided,
2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce divided,
1 12-ounce pkg. fresh or frozen green peas,
1 large orange yellow or red bell pepper sliced thinly,
1/2 tsp. sea salt,
1 Tbsp. cornstarch,
1 cup vegetable broth (or water),
1 Tbsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Red Onion,
1 tsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Garlic,
1 tsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Ginger,
1 Tbsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Basil,
2 tsp. Chinese Five-Spice Powder,
½ tsp. white pepper,
½ cup Litehouse Thai Peanut Dressing,
Litehouse Instantly Fresh Spring Onion (for garnish),


1. Drain tofu and place on clean dish towel, one at a time, and squeeze moisture from tofu. Slice tofu into one-inch cubes (see photos).

2. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in wok until oil begins shimmering, indicating that it’s hot. Place half of the cubed tofu carefully in oil and stir fry until crust forms on surface of tofu. Season tofu with 1 Tbsp. of soy sauce and continue stir frying for 2-3 minutes. Remove first batch of tofu from wok and place in a bowl. Repeat frying and seasoning process with the remaining tofu. Return first batch of tofu to wok.

3. Pour broth in a small mixing bowl and add cornstarch. Wisk until corn starch is dissolved; pour into wok.

4. Add peas, bell peppers, salt, Litehouse seasonings, Five-Spice powder, white pepper and. Bring broth to boil and lower heat to simmer for 10 minutes or until broth has thickened. Pour Litehouse Thai Peanut Dressing over tofu and vegetables and stir gently with a wooden spoon.

5. Garnish stir fry with Litehouse Instantly Fresh Spring Onion. Serve with rice or noodles.

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