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Green Beans and Tofu

green beans and tofu

Have you ever made something that was just so delicious you did a happy dance? You know, just a little jig as your tastebuds danced along with you? (Come on, I won’t tell anyone!) Well, that’s how I felt when I took a bite of this green beans and tofu dish.

Okay, let me back up… have you seen all the green beans and snap peas in the farmers markets lately? I was at the Miracle Mile Farmers Market this week and grabbed some green beans from the Underground Farms produce stand. My plan for them was a new recipe I’ve been dying to try from Katie Chin‘s new cookbook, Everyday Thai Cooking. If you don’t usually like tofu, you gotta try this one!  It will make you a convert.

First, you’re going to cut and blanch the green beans, then set aside.

green beans and tofu

green beans and tofu

The firm tofu should be cubed, dredged, then fried.  You can use a skillet or wok.  I used a regular skillet and added about 1/4″ of oil, turning the pieces until all sides were brown. The corn starch in the flour mixture helps the tofu crisp up nicely.

green beans and tofu

(Okay, technically these aren’t cubes… shhhhh.  You can cut these in half if you want smaller pieces.) Remove the tofu and drain on a paper towel. Dump all but a tablespoon of the oil and sauté the garlic and onion until translucent, then add the tofu back in.  So now it’s picking up the yumminess of the garlic and onion flavoring! Fried+garlic+onion= licking my lips!

green beans and tofu

Add in the green beans and the remaining ingrediants and stir-fry for another minute.  Personally, I see nothing wrong with eating this right out of the pan but I guess you could sit down and serve it as a perfect vegetarian meal as is, on a bed of rice, or as a side dish.

green beans and tofu

So when you’re at the farmers market this weekend, grab some of those green beans and try this out.  You’ll thank me!  Actually, you’ll thank Chef Katie.  And it’s nice to know cookbook authors because then you can contact them and beg for a copy to giveaway. And Katie was kind enough to oblige so we have one copy of Everyday Thai Cooking up for grabs! (Enter below) Oh and make sure to make the Coconut Cake with Mango Sauce for dessert. Delish!

Green Beans and Tofu

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 4 as a side dish

Green Beans and Tofu


  • 8 oz yard-long beans or green beans tips removed, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • oil for frying
  • 8 oz organic, firm tofu drained, patted dry and cut into cubes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 small white onion, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp Asian chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp palm or brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh Thai or Italian basil leaves


  1. Cook the green beans in boiling water until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer the beans with a slotted spoon to an ice bath until cool. Drain and set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt in a bowl. Toss tofu pieces into the mixture. In a wok or skillet, heat the oil to 375°. Fry the tofu for 4 minutes. Flip and fry for another 4 minutes or until golden brown on all sides. Drain on a paper towel. Set aside.
  3. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan.. Heat oil to medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion; stir-fry until the garlic is fragrant and the onion translucent, about 1 minute. Add the reserved tofu and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the reserved green beans, chili-garlic sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the basil and stir-fry for 30 seconds or until the basil is wilted.
  4. Serve immediately.

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    April 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Garlic Green Beans Hoisin Sauce. Stir-fried, then left to marinate overnight in all the wonderful flavors, and served cold.

    There are many variations to this recipe. Do a search. Adapt your favorite. Addiction!

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    April 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    To be honest, I am not a fan of tofu…but I am going to try this with chicken!! 🙂

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      Farm to Table
      April 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Sabina, this is the perfect recipe to try tofu! And there are a lot of chicken and other protein recipes in this book.

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    April 9, 2014 at 3:58 am

    THIS sounds awesome, always looking for new tofu ideas. 🙂 Green beans fresh from the garden are amazing in their simplest form- with butter and a little salt. But they play nicely with balsamic vinegar in the oven, too!

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    Anna Smith
    April 11, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I love to cook and try new things so I’m alwasys looking for new recipes… I also collect cookbooks, which to me is a treasure in it self…

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    April 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Love to try new recipes which are healthy. Have never cooked anything with tofu but willing to try !

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    April 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I love roasted green beans roasted in the over, brushed with olive oil and finely chopped garlic. Amazing flavor! This recipe looks delicious too. Might try it for dinner. 😉

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    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo
    April 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Beautiful pictures.

    Thanks for posting this giveaway to my weekly giveaway linky (

    Who is eligible to enter the giveaway? US Only, CAN/US or Worldwide.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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      Farm to Table
      April 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Hi Sarah, Thanks for asking. I have updated my terms and conditions to reflect US entries only at this time. Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words.

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    April 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Never tryed tofu. Love to try someday.

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    April 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    sounds yummy – want to try it!

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