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Soy Glazed Tofu and Bok Choy

Foodie Lit

A wonderful vegetarian stir fry recipe that is infinitely expandable to include favorite vegetables or meat. This stir-fry is delicious over brown rice or rice noodles. 

Prep ahead of time so that dinner is ready without fuss or long waiting times. Perfect for summer vacation days that so many are enjoying today.

Soy Glazed Tofu and Bok Choy


Serves 2

4 tablespoons soy sauce, divided

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 block of firm tofu, drained and cubed

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, more if needed

1 large or 3 baby bok choy, stems and leaves. sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons white wine

½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1 tablespoon sugar

½ cup broth

1 teaspoon potato or corn starch mixed with ¼ cup water

1 green onion, sliced

¼ cup toasted sesame seeds


  1. Whisk together 2 tablespoons soy sauce and sesame oil. Add tofu and toss to coat.

  2. In a large pan or wok, add oil and turn to medium heat. Add onions and sauté a few moments until soft.

  3. Add bok choy and garlic and stir evenly cook. Remove from pan. A few pieces at a time, add tofu. Turn gently to coat and transfer to pan. Remove from pan. Add more oil if needed.

  4.  Mix remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, white wine, ginger, sugar, broth and potato starch mixed with water. Add to pan and stir constantly until sauce begins to thicken. Add cooked tofu, bok choy and sliced green onion.

  5. Stir, taste and adjust seasoning. To toast the sesame seeds, spread them on a baking sheet and cook in a 350-degree oven for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle over stir fry.

Expandthetable suggestions

Make it Sugar Free: Use 1/2 tablespoon Stevia

Keep it Vegan:  Use Vegan broth.

Cook it Allium Free:  Use sliced fennel in place of onion. Omit garlic.

I want Gluten Free: Substitute quinoa for rice.

Can’t Eat Seeds: Omit sesame seeds and use chopped chives for garnish

Need Some Meat:  Add sliced raw chicken or beef. Add to wok after you remove the tofu.

Layers of lies, half-truths and omissions peel off the characters in The Comfort of Shadows by Laurel Bragstad. The dreams turn out to be memories, although not always comforting ones.

“The actions of parents do affect the lives of their children. And like it or not, truth lays bare what I or was; but it can’t fix everything,” Emmett, the holder of family secrets tells Ann.          

TIP:  For a crispier tofu, wrap tofu in paper towels and press tofu down with a heavy pan or tray until excess liquid is removed.

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