Tofu Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce (Vegan)


This is a throwback recipe from when I was a hardcore vegan, but it's still one of my staples years later. It's healthy, filling, and full of flavor!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk

  • ¼ cup peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce

  • ½ teaspoon ground chile pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 (14 ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 4 cups baby spinach

  • 1 ½ cups cooked brown rice


  1. Whisk coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, sriracha sauce, and ground chile powder in a bowl until a smooth sauce forms.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and red bell pepper; saute until just tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tofu; saute until lightly browned, about 4 minutes per side. Add garlic and ginger; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  3. Pour sauce into the skillet; stir to coat tofu, carrots, and bell pepper. Cook until flavors combine, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in spinach 1 cup at a time until wilted. Serve over brown rice.

Cook's Notes:

The best way to drain tofu is to freeze it ahead of time, then let it defrost on paper towels to soak up the water. If you don't have time to freeze it, carefully squeeze it between your palms over the sink and let it drain on paper towels until you're ready to cook. The more you drain ahead of time, the faster it will brown in the pan.

This recipe works just as well with chicken. You can also use different kinds of peanut butter to get different flavors and textures of sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

441 Calories
26g Fat
39g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 441
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Sodium 649mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 51mg 254%
Calcium 413mg 32%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 663mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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