Spicy Green Bean and Tofu Stir-Fry with Ground Bison

Many cultures use meat as a flavoring instead of as the main ingredient. Here, ground bison adds substance and richness to the tofu and green beans in a chile sauce–spiked stir-fry. For the most sustainable and humane option, buy grass-finished bison.

Slideshow:More Green Bean Recipes

  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 4


  • 1/2 pound ground bison
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound green beans
  • One 12-ounce block silken firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth, preferably organic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese chile-garlic sauce
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the ground bison with the garlic, ginger, 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of the cornstarch and the sugar. Season the meat lightly with salt and black pepper and let stand for about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet or well-seasoned wok, heat 1 teaspoon of the canola oil until shimmering. Add the seasoned meat, breaking it up into small bits with a spoon, and stir-fry over high heat until browned. Transfer the meat to a bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons of oil to the skillet, and when it is very hot, add the green beans and stir-fry until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add the tofu cubes and stir-fry until the tofu is lightly browned in spots and the beans begin to blister, about 3 minutes longer. Return the meat to the skillet and stir gently to slightly break up the tofu.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk the broth with the Chinese chile-garlic sauce and the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Add the sauce to the skillet and bring to a boil. Simmer until the beans are tender and the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sliced scallions. Transfer the stir-fry to bowls and serve immediately.


One Serving 254 cal, 13 gm fat, 2.5 gm sat fat, 15 gm carb, 5 gm fiber, 20 gm protein.

Serve With

Steamed rice.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy, fruit-forward Garnacha from Spain.

Contributed By Photo © Quentin Bacon Published November 2011

Related Video

More Videos
Does it Hack? - Peeling Garlic

504358 recipes/spicy-green-bean-and-tofu-stir-fry-ground-bison 2013-12-06T23:50:56+00:00 Grace Parisi well-being|stir-frying|asian|4|fast|healthy|weeknight-dinner november-2011,grace parisi,stir fry recipe,vegetable stir fry,spicy recipe,bison recipe,tofu recipe,green bean recipe,asian recipe,chile sauce,grass fed recipes,spicy-green-bean-and-tofu-stir-fry-ground-bison 504358

Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 767

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5