Three-Pea, Cashew & Tofu Stir-Fry

Three-Pea, Cashew & Tofu Stir-Fry

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2012

Pressing tofu before making this tofu stir-fry recipe gives it a chewy, satisfying texture. Three green peas—sugar snaps, snow peas and shelling peas—balance it out with brightly flavored crunch. Hoisin—a dark brown, thick, spicy-sweet sauce made from soybeans and a complex mix of spices—gives the stir-fry rich depth of flavor with just one ingredient. Look for it, as well as chile-garlic sauce, in the Asian section of the market.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 14-ounce package water-packed extra-firm or firm tofu, drained
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon chile-garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2½ cups sugar snap peas (8 ounces), trimmed
  • 2¼ cups snow peas (8 ounces), trimmed
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • ½ cup lightly salted cashew halves and pieces


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  1. Fold a clean kitchen towel and place it on a cutting board or large plate. Set tofu on the towel. Put another folded clean towel over the tofu and place a flat, heavy weight (such as a heavy skillet) on top; drain for 30 minutes.
  2. Whisk hoisin sauce, soy sauce and chile-garlic sauce in a small bowl.
  3. Cut the pressed tofu into ½-inch cubes. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the tofu and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Return the skillet to the heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Stir in onion, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add snap peas, snow peas and peas; cook, stirring often, until bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Return the tofu to the pan along with the hoisin mixture and cashews; cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute.
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1¾ cups
  • Per serving: 353 calories; 20 g fat(3 g sat); 7 g fiber; 31 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 80 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 12 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 1,301 IU vitamin A; 44 mg vitamin C; 293 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 567 mg sodium; 483 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (73% daily value), Calcium (29% dv), Iron (28% dv), Vitamin A (26% dv), Folate (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 2 vegetable, 1½ medium fat meat, 3 fat

Reviews 3

December 17, 2013
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By: HealthyGEO
Good weeknight meal This was a good, healthy weeknight meal that I would happily make again. I forgot to buy hoisin sauce, so I found a website on how to make an alternative. I mixed soy sauce, bbq sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Turned out to be ok. :) I added a lot more chilli garlic sauce than it called for. Loved the flavour. It takes some time to trim the snow and sugar snap peas but makes for a very healthy green dish. I also used red onion and served on a bed of rice. Pros: Healthy Cons: prep
September 06, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Great even for non tofu eaters I tried this recipe 2x now. My family definitely prefers the tofu to be well pressed and very firm. I used a TofuXpress to press mine the second time, pressing it over night. Worked great. I hope people realize how much better tofu can be when its pressed (even if you only press it with a plate and paper towels)! Pros: Easy Flavor
May 01, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Tasty and tangy! This was a very tasty stir-fry. I couldn't track down snap peas, so I substituted this with edamame instead. I also made noodles on the side with the same sauce used in this recipe - it made for an excellent accompaniment. I'll definitely be making this again. Pros: Easy to make and delicious Cons: Sugar snap and snow peas not always easy to find without paying $$$
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