Recipes > Stir-Fried Tofu, Oyster Mushrooms & Spinach

Stir Fried Tofu, Oyster Mushrooms & Spinach


A mild and satisfying stir-fried dish of golden tofu, mushrooms and wilted spinach. Serve over grains for a complete meal.
  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
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Step 1: Marinating the Tofu

Marinating the Tofu
  • 12 oz firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes


To prepare the tofu, drain and cut the block into 1/2" -inch slices. Place the slices onto paper towels. Cover with more paper towels and press out any excess moisture. Cut the tofu into 1/2" -inch cubes.

In a medium-sized bowl or sealable plastic bag, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring evenly to combine (make sure the cornstarch has completely dissolved). Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

Step 2: Preparing Your Mise en Place

Preparing Your Mise en Place
  • 8 oz oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp garlic (about 3 to 5 cloves)
  • 6 oz baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup green onions


Clean and trim the ends off of the mushrooms. Slice into 1" -inch pieces. Wash and spin dry the spinach. Mince the ginger and garlic. Slice the onions on the bias. Set aside.

Step 3: Stir-Frying the Dish

Stir-Frying the Dish
  • 1 to 3 tbsp peanut oil


To stir-fry the dish, line the ingredients up in the proper cooking order. Heat a wok over high heat. Once hot, cook the stir-fry according to the basic steps in the lesson. Keep in mind that vegetables should be added in the correct order so that they are all done at the same time.

Stir-fry the tofu in batches until golden brown on all sides — set aside. Stir-fry mushrooms — ginger and garlic — return tofu — add sauce — add spinach. Sprinkle with green onions. Feel free to add a touch more oil during the stir-frying process, if needed. Serve immediately.


  • Gaye F
    Gaye F
    Just made this recipe today but had some problems. I bought the FIRM tofu but when I opened the pack a lot of it had broken up into pieces. After marinading I drained it and fried it but it broke up and didn't take on any I supposed to have dried it? Some advice on different types of tofu would be helpful. I have only tried tofu a handful of times and, each time, cannot appreciate it. It know it has protein and therefore nutritional value but it never seems to bring anything to the party in my opinion. Am I missing something?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi Gaye- Firm tofu should not be broken up at all when open the package. My guess is that you used silken firm tofu, which is not the same at all as regular tofu. Silken tofu in a recipe is specified as such - since it is such a different texture that most tofu and does not at all cook the same due to texture, structure and moisture. Regular tofu can be diced into even cubes and will color/brown and keep its shape as it cooks. ~Ken
  • Gaye F
    Gaye F
    Yes, you are correct. It was silken tofu. Thanks for this
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    That explains it... next time your experience will be different I can assure you! The texture is night and day. ~Ken
  • Gaye F
    Gaye F
    I have completed the lesson but am wondering, upon reflection, why you stir fry ginger etc to season. Other videos just recommend oiling and burning this off. Is your method safer, perhaps? Is the smoke less likely to catch alight?
  • Gaye F
    Gaye F
    I love stir frying as a quick and healthy meal for two but I don't like the fact that the cooking smells permeate my hair and clothes. Is there any way to alleviate this or do I just have to accept that a shower immediately follows a stir fry?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi Gaye - That just comes with this sort of cooking..... I use an apron and a vent to move air and steam upwards. ~Ken
  • D S
    D S
    Hi, in step 3, the recipe says "add sauce" when you begin stir frying the tofu and before adding the spinach. What sauce does this refer to - the marinade?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Yes, the marinade acts as the sauce, and the cornstarch will act as the thickening agent once it heats up.
  • Vineeta  G
    Vineeta G
    i made this recepie yesterday .It was very satisfying. LOVVVED it. Just two questions my tofu absorbed the dark soy colour and became a dark brown colour how can that be prevented and what is the reason of putting two different oils , sesame for marinating and peanut for cooking. how does it affect the end result of the dish?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hello- Because of the soy sauce is dark, it will necessarily and that color to the rest of the dish – in this case, the tofu absorbs the sauce and takes on this color. There is no way to prevent this since that is the natural color of the soy sauce. Regarding the use of two different oils, this is due to the fact that these have different qualities. The sesame oil has a rich, nutty flavor whereas the peanut oil is neutral in flavor. For this reason, the peanut oil is better for cooking in (it does not impart any particular flavor) and the sesame oil is good for building or adding flavor. ~Ken
  • Kristine G
    Kristine G
    Hello! My tofu didn't pick up any flavor, I left it in fridge overnight. What could be a cause if that? Thank you
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hello Kristine: thanks for writing. The first thing is how well was the tofu drained (step one)? I find a well-drained tofu takes on a marinade quite well. I prefer letting the cubed tofu marinate in a bag in the fridge. The other thing, is about selecting the right (firm) tofu, and always making sure the date on the container is within range. I hope these tips are helpful to you. Thanks for writing. Cheers, Char
  • Kristina F
    Kristina F
    I'm allergic to peanuts. What other oil can I use other than Peanut Oil?
  • Sandy S
    Sandy S
    HI Kristina, you can easily substitute a vegetable oil or any other oil that is fairly clear and very light on aroma and color, as those have a higher smoke point appropriate for stir frying. Cheers, Sandy
  • Elijah B
    Elijah B
    Tried extra firm, “water packed” tofu? Not mori nu “silken”?

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