Stir-Fried Tofu with Bok Choy

This dish, adapted from Harumi Kurihara's Harumi's Japanese Cooking, is topped with a sprinkling of umami-packed bouillon. More Stir-Fry Recipes

Stir-Fried Tofu with Bok Choy
Photo: © Frances Janisch
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 3/4 pound firm tofu, drained

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 head of bok choy (about 3/4 pound), leaves and stalks sliced crosswise 1 inch thick

  • 4 cups bean sprouts (9 ounces)

  • 1 teaspoon crushed or grated chicken bouillon cube

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Wrap the tofu in paper towels and drain in a strainer set over a bowl for 30 minutes. In a skillet, toast the sesame seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, 1 minute. Let cool, then grind to a coarse powder.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil. Add the drained tofu, breaking it up into chunks with a spoon, and stir-fry over moderately high heat until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer the tofu to a plate.

  3. In the same skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the bok choy and stir-fry over moderately high heat until tender, 5 minutes. Add the bean sprouts and stir-fry until heated through. Stir in the tofu and season with the bouillon cube, salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with the sesame seeds.

Suggested Pairing

This dish's delicate flavors pair nicely with a nuanced sake, such as Chikurin's floral, peachy Karoyaka Junmai Ginjo.

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