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Teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls are a great plant-based dinner idea for any night of the week! The flavors are bold and you won't miss the meat!

Teriyaki Tofu and Broccoli Bowls

I’m starting to gain a fresh perspective on tofu and I’m trying to find more ways to incorporate it into my dinners.

These teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls are a fresh new way to incorporate tofu into a meal (including this pan-fried sesame garlic tofu).

You won’t miss the meat and the teriyaki tofu is so much better than calling your local take-out place. It takes no time to put these bowls together.

Easiest dinner: teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls

I have always loved tofu. I was never the one who refused to eat it.

Growing up, my mom would prepare tofu for us all the time so I’m sure that plays a big part of why I love it and am not averse to it.

Additionally, the way you prepare the tofu also contributes to its texture and edibility. I talk about that more below.

Teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls are a take on my 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli recipe.

It’s just as flavorful and filling, but this is plant-based recipe is definitely on brand right now.

Teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls are a great plant-based dinner idea for any night of the week! The flavors are bold and you won't miss the meat!

How to make teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls

It’s really three big steps broken up.

You first drain your tofu (see below) then you make the sauce then you put everything together.

What is the best kind of tofu to use?

The firmer the better!

If you can find extra firm tofu then that’s the best kind to cook with so the tofu doesn’t lose its shape.

If you were making mapo tofu, then softer tofu works for that dish, but generally for most tofu bowl dishes, the firmer the better so the tofu cubes keep their shape.

Teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls are a great plant-based dinner idea for any night of the week! The flavors are bold and you won't miss the meat!

Tips for cooking tofu and getting it crispy!

You gotta drain it well and the cornstarch exterior helps it, as well!

In my eggplant parmesan recipe, I teach you how to make the best eggplant parm out there (not soggy but actually crispy eggplant). So just like you pull the liquid out of the eggplant, you gotta pull the liquid out of the tofu.

Tofu comes in a package and it’s just sitting in water.

Tofu soaks up all the flavor in a dish so you can imagine how much liquid tofu is soaking up while sitting in the package!

To get the liquid out of the tofu, you gotta press it out.

I know it sounds crazy but it’s actually easier than you think; there’s hardly any work at all involved!

How to get the liquid out of tofu

You start by opening the package of the tofu and then holding the tofu in place, tip the package upside down so all the water is drained.

Then, you can choose whether you want to do this on a plate with paper towels or a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.

If you do this on a plate with paper towels, place two sheets of paper towels on the plate. Place the tofu on top.

Then place two more sheets of paper towels on top of the tofu.

Find something heavy like a cast iron skillet and place it on top of the tofu.

Let that sit for about 30 minutes but coming back to check on it halfway through and change out the paper towel.

If you want to do this with a wire rack on top of a baking sheet, just put the tofu on top of the wire rack and the heavy object on top of the tofu. The liquid should drain onto the baking sheet below.

Teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls are a great plant-based dinner idea for any night of the week! The flavors are bold and you won't miss the meat!

Can I substitute the tofu for another protein?

Absolutely!

Again, this recipe is based off of my 20-minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli so chicken would be a great alternative to tofu if you are so inclined.

Teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls are a great plant-based dinner idea for any night of the week! The flavors are bold and you won't miss the meat!

Tofu recipes that you’ll love:

Pan-Fried Sesame Garlic Tofu

30 Minute Almond Butter Tofu Bowls

Sheet Pan Meal Prep Tofu

Orange Tofu and Edamame Stir Fry

Teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls are a great plant-based dinner idea for any night of the week! The flavors are bold and you won't miss the meat!
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Teriyaki Tofu and Broccoli Bowls

Teriyaki tofu and broccoli bowls are a great plant-based dinner idea for those that are craving Asian take-out!
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 332kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • Cooked brown rice

For the sauce:

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  • Place two paper towels on a plate then place the entire block of tofu (drained from its packaging liquid) onto the plate. Place two more paper towels on top of the tofu then put a heavy item on top. Not TOO heavy that it would completely crush the tofu but heavy enough that it can squeeze out liquid.
    Leave for 30 minutes and halfway through, change out the paper towels.
    Alternatively, if you want to do this with a wire rack on top of a baking sheet, just put the tofu on top of the wire rack and the heavy object on top of the tofu. The liquid should drain onto the baking sheet below.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and add the broccoli. Blanch the broccoli for 5 minutes then immediately transfer the broccoli to an ice bath (a large bowl of water with ice in it) to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  • Once the tofu has drained, slice in half then into cubes and place into a large bowl. Sprinkle cornstarch on top and gently toss with your hands to ensure all tofu pieces are covered.
  • In a large skillet, add sesame oil then bring up to medium-high heat.
  • Once oil is heated up, add the tofu to the skillet and let brown and get crispy on all sides.
  • In the meantime, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.
  • Once the tofu has browned and crisped up on all sides, add the sauce to the skillet and it should start to thicken immediately. Toss the tofu and broccoli around to coat then remove from heat.
  • Serve with brown rice.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Teriyaki Tofu and Broccoli Bowls
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 15g30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Photography by Ari Laing

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TS

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

I made this and did the 30 min trick to dry out the tofu. I used extra firm tofu. I put it on paper towels and placed a heavy skillet on top. After 30 min I cooked it and the tofu ended up breaking up into little pieces and being very soggy: It also tastes like cornstarch. What did I do wrong here?

Julie Chiou

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Sorry that happened! It doesn't sound like extra firm tofu to me, though. Tofu that breaks apart and being soggy reminds me of soft, tender tofu. It tastes like cornstarch because it's used to coat the tofu to get it crisp and also the sauce to help thicken. If you were heavy handed with it then that's probably why it tasted so strongly. I'm sorry this recipe didn't work out for you. What brand of tofu did you use?

Megan Greenwald-Yarnell

Monday 8th of February 2021

My first time cooking tofu! This was kid and hubby approved.

Twylla-Dawn

Friday 4th of September 2020

So excited to Make this My husband can’t have corn Any suggestions of what to use instead of cornstarch No wheat or nut flours either Would almond flour or tapoioca work?

Julie Chiou

Saturday 5th of September 2020

tapioca flour would work great!

Jenny

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Julie, this recipe was outstanding! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the second recipe of yours that we’ve tried and I’m thinking I need your cookbook. Thank you!!

Karole Grace

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Just a general comment to Julie. I’m a 78 year old granny, and I so appreciate your recipes! Not a fan of “leftovers”......except maybe for lunch the next day. You are adorable, in looks and personality, just like your videos. Julie, you make cooking for one, exciting and fun. I can’t thank you enough.

Julie Wampler

Sunday 12th of January 2020

Awww thank you so much!!