Easy One-Pot Stir-fry Teriyaki Tofu in 20 Minutes

Written By: Gloria Tsang, RD

Title: Founding Registered Dietitian

Alumni: University of British Columbia

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In midweek and a busy schedule, a simple, yet kids-pleasing flavorful dinner is the perfect solution. When it comes to kids-pleasing, Asian flavor is a hit in most families. A savory sauce encompassing sweetness and spiciness is everyone’s favorite. However, most store-bought bottled sauces have too much sodium; besides you may not want to get a whole bottle just to cook one meal.

Have you ever wondered why so many flavorful Asian sauces add sugar in their recipes? Aside from the obvious sweetness, sugar serves extra functions beyond mere flavor. When heated, especially when protein is present, sugar caramelizes and undergoes a browning process called a Maillard reaction. That helps to brown tofu or meat, resulting with a seared, flavorful crust.

Teriyaki Tofu One Pot Poster
Lightly press tofu to squeeze out the liquid inside. This will create a better texture once cooked.

For an everyday dinner, I always prepare at least 3 vegetables from the rainbow of colors for an extra boost of phytonutrients and antioxidants. A quick tip on cooking different vegetables all together: cut them into similar sizes. This will ensure even cooking of all vegetables at the same time and prevent over- or under-cooking some vegetables.

Cut bokchoy, bell peppers, and shiitake mushroom into bite-sized pieces. This will ensure even cooking.
Cutting vegetables into bite sizes also allows faster cooking.

If you’d like to check out the grocery items needed for the sauce, check out this Teriyaki Sauce recipe post.

One-pot Teriyaki Tofu Dinner

Easy One-Pot Stirfry Teriyaki Tofu in 20 Minutes

Gloria Tsang, RD
Make a teriyaki dish in less than 20 minutes. Perfect for weekdays. In this recipe I choose plant-based, but you can easily substitute cubed tofu with chicken pieces or sliced pork. You can even pack them for school or work lunches; they reheat very well.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2
Calories 191 kcal


  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce choose low-sodium version if needed
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp chili-garlic sauce
  • 1/2 box medium-firm tofu ~220 g, squeezed out water & cut into 8 – 10 cubes
  • 3 bundles bokchoy cut into bite size
  • 1/2 red bell pepper cut into bite size
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper cut into bite size
  • 2-3 shiitake mushroom cut into bite size
  • 1 tsp ginger minced


  • In a measuring cup, whisk together the first 5 ingredients. Set aside.
  • Heat a large pan or pot over medium high. Add a teaspoon of cooking oil, then add tofu. Cook until they are lightly golden, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In the same pan, turn heat to high, add 1 tsp of cooking oil, add all vegetables and ginger into the pan. Stir fry vegetables for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add tofu back to the pan along with well-stirred sauce. Constantly stir fry and mix all ingredients. Once sauce turns translucent and starts to bubble, turn off the heat. Serve immediately over rice or noodles.


Each serving provides:
191 kcal | 13.3 g protein | 17.5 g total carb | 4.4 g fibre | 8.3 g sugar | 9 g total fat
Adapted and modified from Claire Tansey‘s Teriyaki Tofu with Bok Choy published in her cookbook Dinner, Uncomplicated: Fixing a Delicious Meal Every Night of the Week. 
Keyword everyday dinner

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the dietitians at the Canadian Sugar Institute. All opinions are my own.

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4 thoughts on “Easy One-Pot Stir-fry Teriyaki Tofu in 20 Minutes”

  1. Hi Gloria – Where are the low FODMAPS recipes? About one in six people suffer from this worldwide.

    • Hi John. Happy to hear from you. Low FODMAPS is not my speciality; let me ask my colleagues to recommend a few good recipe sites on that.

  2. Hi Gloria – for information Monash University, Melbourne( world first in FODMAP research) have an app for FODMAP tested foods, and it is cheap.

  3. how many cups is equivalent to the 3 bundles of bok choy ? is it regular or baby bok choy- that could be a big difference in volume.


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