Tofu Peanut Stir Fry With Soba

Serves 4


For the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey or packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon white or red miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

For the stir-fry and serving:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli (about 2 medium heads), cut into small florets
  • 8 ounces mixed fresh mushrooms, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces tofu, firm, patted dry and cubed small
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 medium bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 8 ounces snow peas
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 8 ounces, uncooked soba noodles, follow instructions on package to cook and use 2 ounces per person for serving
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Make the sauce: Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl, making sure the cornstarch is dissolved; set aside.
  2. Make the stir-fry: Heat a flat-bottomed wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat until a drop of water vaporizes immediately on contact. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the oil around the pan, add the broccoli, and season with salt. Using a metal spatula, stir-fry until it begins to soften and brown around the edges, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a large plate.
  3. Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in the pan, add the mushrooms and firm tofu; and season with salt. Stir-fry until browned and softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to the plate with the broccoli.
  4. Drizzle the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in the pan, add the peppers, snow peas, garlic, and ginger, and season with salt. Stir-fry until the garlic and ginger are fragrant and the vegetables are softened, about 1 minute.
  5. Add the reserved broccoli and mushrooms and any accumulated juices back to the pan and stir to combine. Stir the sauce one more time, pour into the pan, and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened and coats the vegetables, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve over soba noodles and top with the peanuts.


Make ahead: The sauce can be made 1 day in advance and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. Let the sauce sit at room temperature while preparing the stir-fry, and stir to dissolve the cornstarch again before adding to the pan.

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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