Laquered Tofu with Green Beans

The recipe below is adapted from This Can't Be Tofu! by Deborah Madison, published by Broadway Books.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips



  • 1 pound firm tofu, drained

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 1/4 cup stock

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon mushroom soy sauce

  • 4 teaspoons roasted peanut oil

  • 1/4 pound green beans, cut into 2-inch lengths

  • 5 scallions, sliced 1/2 inch thick

  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted Szechwan peppercorns

  • Salt

  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews


  1. Cut the tofu and red pepper into 1 1/2-inch triangles. In a bowl, mix the stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and mushroom soy. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the tofu and cook, turning once, until golden; transfer to a plate. Add the remaining teaspoon of oil to the pan; add the beans and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the red pepper and scallions and stir-fry until just tender. Add the tofu and Szechwan peppercorns; season with salt. Pour in the sauce and stir gently until the vegetables and tofu are evenly coated. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with the cashews.

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