A stir fry is fast, full of vegetables, and flavorful.
It can be a meatless meal.
And it can be frustrating if you don’t have a good gluten free sauce.
Put on a pot of tea while you plan your stir fry grocery list –try a cup of Genmaicha –this roasted brown rice green tea has a bit of a nutty flavor. It’s a perfect tea to serve with a stir fry.
Gluten Free Stir Fry Sauce
For years we muddled along without a tasty stir fry sauce but about a year ago I came up with this recipe and actually wrote it down for a repeat performance. We love this meal and make it often—those who want a bit more spice can add a little extra rooster sauce (Sriracha) at the table. The secret to the stir fry sauce?—–the relatively new hoisin and oyster sauces from Wok Mei. Regular hoisin and oyster sauce are off limits to those on a gluten free diet so I am happy to spread the word to help you enjoy stir fry again! (full disclosure: I have not been provided any free samples or payment from any sponsor on this post)
Gluten Free Stir Fry Sauce
3 tablespoons Wok Mei Oyster Sauce
3 tablespoons Wok Mei Hoisin Sauce
2 tablespoons San-J Gluten Free Tamari or Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated ginger
3 cloves of garlic, passed thru a garlic press
After you make the sauce start your rice–it’s easiest in a rice cooker.
Roasted, Marinated Gluten Free Tofu
I used to struggle with tofu in stir fry, it would always crumble too much, then we discovered roasting marinated firm tofu. By roasting, you lock in the flavor the tofu has soaked up while marinating. Roasting adds a crusty exterior to the tofu which enhances the meal overall.
Roasted Marinated Tofu
2 pounds firm tofu
1/2 cup San-J Gluten Free Tamari or Soy Sauce
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cloves garlic, passed thru a garlic press
Place both pounds of firm tofu between two dinner plates. Add a little weight on the top plate such as a bunch of bananas and let the excess water drain out of the tofu.
Cut the tofu into bite size cubes and place into a glass oblong baking dish. Combine soy sauce, oil and garlic, then pour over the tofu. Using a spatula turn tofu into the marinade to coat completely.
Let tofu sit in marinade while you prepare other ingredients. Preheat oven to 400° Spread marinated tofu out on a rimmed, lightly oiled baking sheet using a slotted spoon or spatula (try to leave most of the marinade behind, you don’t want too much oil on the baking sheet at all). Roast tofu for about 30 minutes. You may wish to flip tofu cubes at about 20 minutes to brown another side.
Gluten Free Stir Fry
- Drain and marinate tofu, above.
- Make stir fry sauce, above.
- Cook rice.
- Cook tofu, above.
- If you have a larger crowd add a pound of thinly sliced pork tenderloin or chicken tenders to the stir fry.
(If you do this, cook the meat first. Season meat with salt and pepper, cook it quickly in batches, and keep it warm in the oven while you prepare the vegetables— then add the meat back into the stir fry at the very end.)
Step 6 cook vegetables:
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or canola oil
one package of baby bok choy (about 3 small bunches), chopped
one package of broccolini (12 ounces or so), chopped
one red pepper, deveined and chopped
Heat oil and add the broccolini and red pepper first since they take a little longer to cook then add the bok choy. Once vegetables are quickly cooked add back in the cooked meat if you are using it then pour stir fry sauce over the vegetables and stir well to coat.
Stir Fry Tips:
-Either drain the tofu in the morning before going to work or drain it as soon as you return home (and start the rice when you walk in the door too).
-Choose vegetables that are easy to prep such as bok choy, asparagus, broccolini, sugar snap peas, red pepper. This is a good meal after a trip to Trader Joes since they have all the veges washed and ready to go. (we like TJ’s extra firm tofu as well.) You will need to pick up the San-J Tamari or GF Soy Sauce, Wok Mei Hoisin and Oyster sauce at a natural foods market like Whole Foods.