Recipe: Cumin Tofu Stir Fry

I fancied a simple stir fry for dinner a little while back and the result was this delicious cumin tofu stir fry. Simple to whip up, lots of flavour but not big on time commitment making it perfect for a mid-week meal. It’s vegan friendly too!

Cumin Tofu Stir Fry | I Spy Plum PieI tweaked a recipe from Hetty McKinnon’s To Asia, With Love 

Ingredients List

  • 400g extra firm tofu
  • 1tbs tamari
  • 1tbs mirin
  • 1tsp sea salt (divided)
  • 3tbs cornstarch
  • 2tbs ground cumin
  • 2tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1/2tsp sugar
  • Oil
  • Brown onion
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2.5cm ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 300g broccoli
  • 200g mushrooms (I used Swiss Brown)
  • Coriander leaves
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Slice the tofu into 2cm cubes
  2. Combine the tamari, mirin and half the salt salt and add the tofu cubes, toss to coat and sit aside to marinate at room temperature for 20-30 minutes
  3. Drain any excess marinade off the tofu and gently toss in the cornstarch until evenly coated
  4. Combine the cumin, red chilli flake, sugar and the remaining salt in a small bowl and set aside
  5. Heat oil in a large frying pan and then add the tofu in one layer, cooking until golden on all sides. Cook in batches if required, then set aside on paper towel
  6. Finely slice the onion, slice the chilli and mince the ginger and garlic
  7. Wipe out the fry pan and cook the onion, chilli, ginger and garlic for 1-2 minutes
  8. Cut the broccoli into florets and the mushrooms into slices
  9. Add to the pan and toss to coat, cooking until tender
  10. Add the tofu and the cumin mix and stir to combine
  11. Top with the coriander and toasted sesame seeds

Cumin Tofu Stir Fry | I Spy Plum Pie

Ok so I know that looks like a long list of ingredients and steps to make this cumin tofu stir fry but I promise it’s straightforward! Lots of pantry staples and no hard-to-find vegetables either! I like to prep all the vegetables while the tofu marinates, and then it’s a pretty quick meal to whip up.

Cumin Tofu Stir Fry | I Spy Plum Pie

I served this with cumin tofu stir fry with rice and found it also re-heated well the next day for leftovers. I did have a bit of a kick to it but not overly so, and you can definitely tweak it to your liking by removing the seeds from the chilli. Either way it will be delicious!

Cumin Tofu Stir Fry | I Spy Plum Pie

Are you a stir fry fan? I recommend you give this cumin tofu stir fry a try!

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