Bean Sprouts & Tofu Turmeric Stir Fry

by Kiran on June 13, 2014 · 17 comments

in Sides, Stir Fry, Vegetarian

As I sit here, dwelling about how on earth the 35 years of my life has slipped away before my very eyes — thoughts of after school lunches brought back delicious memories.

Oh, I’m one of those kids that would anxiously await for the school bell to ring just so I could get home and devour mom’s lunch specials.

Bean Sprouts & Tofu Turmeric Stir Fry |
What makes the whole wait so worthwhile is when mom announces this stir-fry for lunch. Its a simple, earthy and fresh stir-fry that mom concocted during the days when all she had in the refrigerator was bean sprouts and tofu.

Sounds like an odd combination of ingredients but this is a pleasant surprise. It’s always a pleasant surprise when mom comes up with recipes, on the fly!

Bean Sprouts & Tofu Turmeric Stir Fry |
What makes this one of my favorite recipes is the mix use of soy sauce and turmeric. Trust me on this because it totally works! If you don’t… well, you’d need to try it yourself before making up your mind.

Its mommy approved recipe after all 🙂

Bean Sprouts & Tofu Turmeric Stir Fry |

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Makes 4 servings


  • 10 oz firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 8 oz fresh bean sprouts, rinsed & soaked in cold water
  • 1 small knob of ginger, minced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 fresh red chili, de-seed & sliced
  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of spring onions, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Drain and press tofu to remove access moisture. This process might require a few hours ahead of prep.
  2. Once tofu is pressed, slice and marinate with 2 tbsp of light soy sauce. Refrigerate to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium-high. Once hot, swirl in 2 tbsp of cooking oil. Pan-fry the marinated tofu until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, toss in minced ginger, garlic, red chili and sliced shallots. Fry for a minute before adding turmeric powder.
  5. Thrown in bean sprouts and stir fry on high for a minute before adding sliced spring onions, tofu, 2 tbsp light soy sauce, black pepper and lemon juice.
  6. Adjust seasonings if necessary and remove to serve immediately.


Bean Sprouts & Tofu Turmeric Stir Fry |
Have a great weekend, friends. I’m off to the meagre farmers market. Yes, it’s a meagre one. Sigh.

What is your favorite recipe with odd pairings of ingredients?


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1 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 13, 2014 at 9:28 AM

A very flavroful tofu recipe, Kiran. And beansprouts are a favourite. This is a perfect pairing for a healthy and delicious meal.

2 Kiran June 20, 2014 at 12:54 AM

thanks Angie xo

3 Shashi @ RunninSrilankan(dot)com June 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Tofu and bean sprouts sound like a wonderful texture combo! Love the cloves and ginger in this gorgeous stir fry!

4 Kiran June 20, 2014 at 1:14 AM

thanks Shashi — one of my favorite childhood stirfrys!

5 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health June 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

i love the composition of this dish!! i have never tried tofu this way but since its mom approved, i am not going to question it. will be trying it out soon.
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6 Kiran June 20, 2014 at 1:18 AM

thanks Dixya. hopefully you’ll love this recipe. report back 😉

7 Kari@Loaves n Dishes June 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Moms are so smart! Some of my favorite dishes are the ones that are thrown together with whatever is left in the fridge. I love the colors in this tasty looking dish!
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8 sue/the view from great island June 13, 2014 at 5:48 PM

This is incredibly beautiful…how lucky you were to have a mom who cooked like this! I came home to soup and saltine crackers for lunch when I was in school 🙂
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9 Simi Jois June 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Am sure this sounds so cliché but this is seriously mouth watering dish, it’s so nutritious too. I just love your blog.
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10 Rosa June 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

A tasty and healthy combo! I’ll have to tyr that soon…



11 Choc Chip Uru June 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

This stir fry looks delicious, the tofu would make me indulge in it even more 😀
Big fan!

Choc Chip Uru
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12 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Mmm, I love turmeric. What a tasty stir fry!
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13 Shumaila The Novice Housewife June 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Love mommy approved recipes 🙂

14 Daniela June 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM

What a delish way to prepare Tofu, Kiran.
I’m a fan of stir frys because the are easy to prepare and so versatile.
Lucky you that your mom prepared such delightful treats for you and thanks for sharing it so now all of us can enjoy this great recipe.
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15 Raymund June 17, 2014 at 1:51 AM

I will definitely try turmeric in bean sprouts next time I make them
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16 Kitchen Belleicious June 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

love love bean sprouts but I always have to get really creative with them when I try to get my husband to enjoy them. This looks like a great way to get alot of flavor out of the sprouts combined with the other stir fry ingredients. I love it
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17 Carolyn Chan June 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM

I’ve been looking for tofu recipes… And also ways to incorporate more turmeric in my diet, and you’ve ticked both boxes! Thanks!
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