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.

Spicy Green Bean and Tofu Stir-Fry with Ground Bison
Photo: © Quentin Bacon
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 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


  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.

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