New! Recipes – Spicy Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry


Spicy Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry, originally uploaded by mockturtle.

Let me preface this post with this:
I do not intend to turn my professional blog into a food blog. But, I thought it couldn’t hurt to share a bit of a twist on a common subject in my photography, cooking and food!

I enjoy the “behind the scenes” aspect of recipes that accompany food-ography, so here I’ll try to share my experience with flavors that go well together plus any tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

I by no means claim to be a culinary expert, but I know what tastes good to me and like getting feedback from others. So, if you like, read on for one of latest culinary experiments.


I’m a bit of a noob when it comes to cooking with tofu, so I could not believe how tasty this randomly tossed together recipe turned out. The spice, the texture, everything… yum!


Step 1) Marinate Tofu

1 pkg, cubed, super firm tofu
Sesame oil
Low sodium, dark soy sauce
Ground ginger
Cayenne pepper
Garlic powder
Onion powder

Drain tofu on paper towels and transfer to a sealable container, drizzle with sesame oil, sprinkle liberally with ground ginger and cayenne pepper (careful with the cayenne if you don’t want it super spicy), then sprinkle very lightly with a dusting of garlic powder and onion powder. Add several splashes of soy sauce (not enough so the soy sauce pools at the bottom of the container, just enough to give a good coating). Stir to coat tofu, cover, and set aside

Step 2) Prep Stir Fry Veggies

1lb. cut, frozen broccoli, thawed (or fresh)
4-5 celery stalks, cut into pieces proportional to the broccoli pieces
1 can sliced mushrooms, drained (or fresh)
1-2 thinly sliced green onions
2 cloves minced garlic

Step 3) Sear Tofu

In a large skillet, heat sesame oil (about 1 tbsp) over medium-high heat until hot and add marinated tofu. Stir fry for about 4 minutes stirring periodically until sides of tofu cubes begin to sear. Add in green onions and minced garlic. Continue to stir fry a few more minutes, keeping an eye on the garlic to be sure it doesn’t turn brown. Remove tofu, onions, and garlic from pan, set aside (I just tossed it back into the container I’d used for marinating.)

Step 4) Stir Fry Veggies

Add more sesame oil (a couple of tablespoons this time) to the hot skillet and let it heat up. Add broccoli and celery and stir to coat with oil. Then sprinkle with a little sea salt and ground black pepper. Stir fry just the broccoli and celery until they get slightly tender, then add mushrooms and a splash or two of soy sauce.

Step 5) Reassemble!

After a minute or two, add the seared tofu, garlic, and onions back to the pan with the other veggies and heat through.

Serve hot with or without rice.

Any suggestions for alterations to this recipe are welcome.