Pan fried tofu and vegetables


Growing up in Malaysia, tofu is just part of the food offerings. I grew up eating it and loving it. I love all kinds of tofu – hard, soft, medium, fried, steamed, grilled, etc. One of my favorite dishes (partly because it is so easy to prepare) is pan-fried tofu with an array of vegetables.


1 package of Extra Firm or Firm tofu (this is available in most grocery stores)

Sesame Oil (available in the Asian section of most large grocery store)

3 scallions (sliced)

2 garlic cloves (diced)

1 bunch green onion

I green pepper diced)

Optional: You can add any vegetables of your choice to this dish


  1. Take the tofu out of the packaging and cut into small slices
  2. In a flat pan, add 1 couple of tablespoon of olive oil (enough to cover the pan) and let it heat
  3. Place the tofu in the pan and give it room. Try not to overlap. Allow the tofu to fry in the pan – it will start to brown. When it is nice and brown, remove it from the heat and place in a bowl.
  4. In the same pan, add the sesame oil and add the onions and garlic and stir fry it until it browns. Add the scallions and vegetables.  Turn off the heat within the next couple of minutes.
  5. Add the tofu to the pan and mix it up with a spatula. Add a couple of pinches of salt and really, you are done!
  6. You can serve it with some rice or just eat it by itself.