Fresh Broccoli and Vegetable Teriyaki Stir-Fry with Cashews (vegan and gluten-free)

As a culture, we are always excited and fascinated by what’s new.  As a vegan chef, I love to push out of my cooking comfort zones to try new techniques, new ingredients, and of course to create new recipes for all of YOU!  And yet, we have thousands of cookbooks available to use (vegan or otherwise), and millions more recipes online.  But… we still wait for what’s “new”.

Yet, sometimes the gems are already created.  Sometimes the ‘oldies’ truly are the ‘goodies’.  Like last week I posted my “Apple-Hemp Muffins” and they have been getting rave reviews and shared on facebook and twitter and elsewhere.  Ditto for my “Maple Banana Bread‘, which after a twitter flurry (started by vegan sassafras Erin Red), popped up in the most emailed recipes on RECIpage over the weekend!  Those recipes both came from my first two cookbooks.  And, this one today, “Broccoli Cashew Teriyaki Tofu Stir-Fry” was a very popular recipe from eat, drink & be vegan.

I made this recipe again last week and decided I had to get this recipe with all its beauteous veg posted for you!  While I was taking the photo, my husband walked in and said “man, it smells good in here, is that what I think it is?  I cannot wait to eat!”… Yes, my tater-veggie-burger-loving hubby absolutely LOVES this meal, and has no issue scarfing down all the mix of vegetables (kiddos, hmmm, that’s another story… one likes the zukes and broccoli, the other the zukes and carrots, etc).  I often switch up some of the veg I use in this recipe, so I give some tips to do the same in the notes below.

Broccoli Cashew Teriyaki Tofu Stir-Fry gluten-free, oil-free (RECIpage to print/share)

The veggies in this stir-fry are vibrant and cooked until just a little tender but still fresh and with some crunch.  And the sauce… it’s brimming with lots of fresh garlic and ginger and has that salty/sweet teriyaki appeal.  Add some tofu and cashews and serve over noodles or rice and you have one outstanding, pleasing meal!

Tofu: (optional, see note)

1 350-g pkg (12-oz) firm or extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes about 1⁄2″ – ¾” thick

1 tbsp tamari (or coconut aminos)

1½ tbsp rice wine vinegar or red wine vinegar

For the Sauce:

1/3 cup tamari (or coconut aminos)

¼ – 1/3 cup water

3 – 3 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave nectar

1 – 1½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil (optional, omit for oil-free)

1 tsp blackstrap molasses

5-6 medium-large cloves garlic, minced (reduce for kiddo palates)

2 – 2½ tsp freshly grated ginger

1 tbsp arrowroot powder 

Stir-Fry Mix

½ – 1 tbsp oil or splash of water for oil-free (to saute tofu; see directions for oven-baking)

4 ½ -5 cups broccoli, cut into flowerets and stalks peeled, trimmed, and sliced in rounds (just over ½ lb of broccoli)

couple pinches of sea salt

couple teaspoons of water

1½ cups red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, sliced (about 1 medium-large)

½ – ¾ cup raw cashews

1/2 cup sliced green onions 

First marinate the tofu.  Place the tofu cubes in a shallow dish and then pour the tamari and vinegar over the pieces.  Flip the tofu to try and coat and distribute the marinade to both sides of the tofu.  Next, combine the ingredients for the sauce, whisking together in a large bowl until fully incorporating the arrowroot powder (you can also use a handblender to whiz the ingredients together if you prefer).  In a large non-stick skillet over high heat, first saute the tofu for 7-9 minutes, turning the sides to lightly brown each side.  Once golden brown, remove the tofu from your skillet. (Alternatively, you can bake the tofu with the marinade in a shallow baking dish (roughly 8” x 12”) at about 400 degrees for 15-25 minutes, turning once or twice until all the marinade is absorbed – it won’t get as crispy through oven baking).  Next, add the broccoli and a pinch or two of sea salt and a teaspoon or two of water (the water will help to steam and soften the broccoli once covered).  Toss the broccoli through, cover and let cook for just 2-3 minutes.  As it is starting to turn to a brighter green color, remove the cover to your skillet, add the bell peppers, and saute through for another minute.  Next, add the teriyaki sauce, and increase heat to high.  Toss the sauce through the vegetables, and let the sauce come up to a slow boil.  Once the sauce is at a slow boil and has thickened, add the tofu, cashews, and green onions, toss through the sauce and remove your pan from the heat.  Serve immediately over rice noodles, soba noodles, or a whole grain of choice such as brown rice or quinoa.

Tofu note:  Marinating the tofu is optional.  If you want to speed the cooking process you can eliminate this step.  Marinating will add extra flavor to the tofu, but you can skip the step if you are in a hurry.

Vegetables Switch-Ups:  If you’d like to use other veggies in this stir-fry, go for it!  I love to add in carrots, green beans, snow peas, and zucchini.  Keep in mind that harder veggies like carrots and cauliflower need a little more time, so add those earlier in the cooking process.  Veg like zukes, bell peppers, green beans, and especially snow peas need just a few minutes to gently heat through and not overcook.

Sauce Note: Sometimes I like to ‘extend’ the sauce a little more, using about 1/3 – 1/2 cup of water.  When I do, I round the tbsp of arrowroot slightly so that the sauce will still nicely thicken.  Don’t add too much water as it will dilute the flavors.

What are some of YOUR “oldie but goodie” recipes? Please share your cherished favorites, and also any feedback you have about this recipe.  Much !


35 Responses to Fresh Broccoli and Vegetable Teriyaki Stir-Fry with Cashews (vegan and gluten-free)

  1. Katie-May says:

    This was so absolutely delicious! We couldn’t stop eating it and I’m making it again this week. Thank-you for such an amazing recipe!

  2. Wow that looks incredibly rich and full of flavors. Love stir fries and your is simply heavenly & yummy. Thanks for posting the recipe :)

  3. Jane Plass says:

    I made this over the holidays for the first time. It was terrific!

  4. shannon says:

    I can’t wait to try this …it’s going on my next menu rotation. thanks!

  5. shannon says:

    I can’t wait to make this. It’s going on my next menu.

  6. This is one of my FAVE dishes by you!! I actually made it twice in one week a few months back. Now that you’ve reposted it to facebook reminds why that I better get back to those ways ;)
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  7. Carla says:

    Can you substitute tempehfor tofu?

  8. I can’t wait to try this – what a beautiful dish!

  9. Kate Chiodini says:

    Dreena, I’ve made this twice in the past two weeks and it is to die for!! Thanks for posting it!

  10. Kim Griffiths says:

    This is absolutely THE best teriyaki stir fry I’ve ever had! Better than any restaurant I’ve ever been to. This is definitely the meal I’ll be making anytime I’m introducing friends or family to vegan food for the first time! Thank you!!

  11. Mia says:

    I am so excited to try out this recipe! I was wondering how many cups you’d put of the other vegetables(carrots, beans snow peas etc) I need to know because I wanted to use this recipe for a foods class assignment.
    Thanks :)

    • Dreena says:

      There are about 6-7 ups of veg in the recipe, so you can sub your faves to make up this rough amount. Hope that helps!

  12. Mia says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!! However, I was wondering what the yield is/how many servings?

  13. Tash says:

    Made this for the second time and OH MAN its good. Love it, thank you so much!

  14. Yummy! Dinner for tomorrow night that the whole family will love! Love all the colorful veggies & the heart healthy cashews that are also called for in the recipe too:)
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  15. Brandie says:

    I made this a week ago. I didn’t use tofu and I added zuchinne and used *gasp* frozen broccoli (it’s all I had). Excellent the first night! It was good as left overs as well. I think next time I will add the cashews when I’m eating, instead of to the whole dish.

    Thank you! Another keeper recipe

  16. mattheworbit says:

    This was one of my first Dreena recipes – love it. So fresh, so easy to prepare, such a yummy sauce, and such nice, contrasting textures. Yum!
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  17. Emma says:

    This looks fabulous Dreena, thanks for sharing. I’ve never found a sti-fry sauce I’m particularly happy with, but have a feeling this might be the one! Such a variety of textures too with all those veggies, tofu and crunchy cashews :)

    • Dreena says:

      Well, I hope this is the game-changer for you Emma! Yes, the textures work well together – the cashews are really a must! :)

  18. Becky says:

    I am new to vegan cooking and have a couple questions: Do I need to press the tofu first, or can I use it straight out of the package? Also, when the recipe calls for green onions- is that the white part, green part, or both? Thanks for your help!

    • Jessi says:

      You can use the tofu without pressing.
      Green onions are also called spring onions. They are like very small leek.

      If you can’t get green onions just use regular ones. In that case I would use a generous 1/4 cup, since regular onions are stronger in flavour than green onions.

    • Dreena says:

      Hi Becky! Welcome to the vegan food world. :) You do not need to press the tofu – you can if you want, but if you buy an “extra-firm” tofu (choose organic), you do not have to. Some people prefer to, it does draw out excess moisture, but I rarely do myself. If you live around a Trader Joe’s, they have an organic “super-firm” tofu, and that is very dense and doesn’t need any pressing.

      Green onions – you can use both parts. The white part is stronger tasting, and so you would want to add that a little earlier to cook through some if using… the more tender green portions can be tossed in just at the end. I will clarify that in my recipe (I usually do) – thanks for asking. :)

  19. Lisa says:

    super simple and crazy delicious! :) cashews make every meal better.

  20. I love a good reliable recipe and it seems they’re the ones that are most popular as well!

    I just bought your Let Them Eat Vegan cookbook this weekend and am super excited to bake/cook from it. I’ve bookmarked the Strawberry-Goji Muffins as the first recipe to make this weekend.
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    • Dreena says:

      thank you Anna!! One of my twitter friends just made those Strawberry-Goji Muffins and loved them – hope you do too. :)

  21. Trish (@greenkitchgal) says:

    Hi Dreena -
    A tweet from Julieanna Hever brought my attention to your new stir fry recipe. These are just a few of the comments from my husband after a few bites into it:

    “I don’t know what kind of old foolishness you pulled off, but I need that there (gesturing to the steaming pot of stir fry) tomorrow night.”

    “This sauce is bananas.”

    “I don’t ever remember you making stir fry like this.”

    Music to my ears. Thanks for a sharing a great recipe :)


    • Dreena says:

      OH my goodness, Trish, that cracked me up! Music to MY ears as well!! Julieanna is a dear friend, I’m so thankful she shared that tweet – esp so you and your man could have this bananas sauce. “what kind of old foolishness you pulled off” LOL!! <3 that – thank you so much. You gave me a much needed chuckle today!

    • Oh how I wish my hubby would say just one of those comments….he only gets excited about my cooking when I make Dreena’s recipes :)!

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