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Crispy Black Pepper and Maple Tofu and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

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I can’t wait for you to try this method for the crispiest tofu, perfect for soaking up the delicious maple black pepper sauce. Vegan.


  • 350 g firm tofu, patted dry
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Lots of freshly-cracked black pepper (approx. 1-2 tsp.)
  • 1 tbsp + 12 tsp Avocado oil, split for separate steps
  • 4 cups snap peas or snow peas, ends trimmed
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced (approx 2 thumb-sized chunks)
  • 1 serrano chili, minced and with half of the seeds removed (keep them all if you like it really spicy)
  • 3 small green onions, thinly sliced

Maple Soy Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • ½ tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp / 30 ml maple syrup or dark brown sugar
  • 2 level tsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp warm water


  1. Cut tofu into bite-sized cubes. Pour 2 Tbsp of soy sauce over the tofu, stirring to coat pieces evenly.
  2. Add cornstarch to a large Ziplock bag and spoon the piece of marinated tofu into the bag. Shake the pieces up in the bag to coat them all evenly.
  3. Heat 1-2 Tbsp of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil gets hot (approx 1 minute) Add the tofu to the pan in a single layer. Sprinkle with lots of freshly-cracked black pepper. Allow the first side to brown evenly, 3-4 minutes, then flip the tofu (you won’t get every piece evenly flipped, that’s ok), sprinkle with more pepper.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, water, vinegar, and maple syrup. In a separate small bowl prepare cornflour slurry (cornflour and warm water). You will add this later to thicken up the sauce.
  5. Once you finish frying the tofu, transfer it to a plate.
  6. Add 1-2 more tsp avocado oil. Once heated, add the garlic, ginger and chilis, saute 2-3 minutes until they become fragrant. Add the snap peas and stir-fry for another 2 minutes until color becomes more vibrant. Add the soy sauce mixture and bring it to a simmer, once simmering, create a space in the middle of the pan to add the cornstarch slurry into, stirring it in to thicken the sauce.
  7. Add the tofu back into the pan, stirring to coat pieces and heat through.
  8. Serve over rice and sprinkle with green onion.


I love serving this dish over red or wild rice, if serving it with rice, get it cooking first as it will take approx 45 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian