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Tofu in Black Bean Sauce

Skip the Chinese takeout, and make this amazing tofu in black bean sauce instead! It is saucy, satisfying, and oh-so-delicious. It is also easy to make and is ready in 30 minutes! 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 139kcal
Author Meesha


For the sauce

For cornstarch slurry

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

Rest of the ingredients

  • 1 block extra-firm tofu drained and pressed (about 14oz/450g)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 chili pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 stalk green onion sliced into 2 inch pieces


  • Slice tofu into ¼ inch thick squares. Mix together all ingredients needed for the stir-fry sauce, then make the cornstarch slurry. Set aside.
  • Heat up a tablespoon of neutral-tasting oil in a cast-iron skillet/non-stick pan over medium-high. Place tofu slices in one layer, and cook for 2-3 minutes on both sides, or until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Add another ½ tablespoon or so of oil to the pan, and stir in garlic, ginger, and chili. Fry for a minute until fragrant.
  • Now, add tofu back to the pan along with the stir-fry sauce and cornstarch slurry. Cook until the sauce has thicken.
  • Remove from heat, then stir in green onion. It is ready to be served.



*Black bean sauce - I recommend getting the ones from Lee Kum Kee. Both the spicy black bean sauce and garlic black bean sauce will work; just choose the one you like! 
Helpful tips 
  • Feel free to add some veggies to bump up the nutrient content of this stir-fry. Cabbage, carrot, bell peppers, and broccoli are some great choices. Add them to the pan right after sauteing the aromatics, and cook until softened before adding tofu and other ingredients. 
  • You might need to double the ingredients for the sauce if a significant amount of veg is added. 
  • Leftover black bean sauce tofu can be refrigerated for 4-5 days. 


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 787mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg