Tofu Steak with Stir Fried Summer Vegetables

I can see every red-blooded carnivore spitting derision at the idea of a tofu ‘steak’, and to be honest when I came across this recipe in the excellent ‘Harumi’s Japanese Cooking’ I was dubious myself. OK, so this isn’t a real steak such as you’d get in a Harvester “Have you used a knife and fork before?” Bar and Grill, but it is none-the-less succulent and tasty.

Tofu Steak with Stir Fried Summer Vegetables

A tofu steak gently cradles a piece of asparagus in its pepper hand

Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 30 minutes drying tofu
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Skill level: Easy


  • fresh tofu – 200g
  • selection of vegetables such as courgette, red/yellow pepper, asparagus, oyster mushrooms, spring onions, tomatoes, etc.
  • garlic – 3 cloves – crushed
  • plain flour
  • vegetable oil
  • s & p

Start by wrapping the tofu in kitchen paper and placing in a sieve for 30 minutes to remove the excess moisture.

Prepare the vegetables – cut courgettes into fairly thick slices, cut asparagus and spring onions in half, cut peppers in strips, etc.


Heat some oil in a wok, add half the garlic and fry for a few seconds. Add all the vegetables and fry quickly over a high heat until just tender. Put aside and keep warm.

Cut the tofu into four steaks, rub with the remaining garlic and roll in seasoned flour.

Stir Fried Summer Vegetables

Heat some oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan and add the tofu. Fry for a few minutes until the underside is golden, turn over and repeat.

At the last moment return the wok to a high heat and quickly bring the vegetables up to temperature.

Spoon out the vegetables and top with the steaks.

Serve with soy sauce, wasabi paste and/or pickled ginger.

Verdict: Like I said, you’d think a slab of fried tofu with very little done to it would be as bland as the Radio 2 play list, but you’d be wrong. It is in fact succulent and tasty and a perfect partner to the crunchy vegetables.

Drink: Beer before, wine during.

Entertainment: An episode or two of the preposterous but highly addictive first series of ’24’.

1 Comment

  1. Looks great. I want to try tofu, so I might give this ago. I agree about 24 being addictive we watched the first series a couple of months ago. I think its because the end of series doesn’t conclude anything just leads you on and on. But its still very good.

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