Tofu and Summer Squash Stir Fry

As we get closer to October, it’s that time of year when we have to say goodbye to summer. Although I do love fall – especially with the leaves changing color and everything smelling like pumpkin spice – it’s always hard to accept that summer is really over. I’m definitely going to miss the lazy afternoons spent lounging in the sun, and the complete lack of schoolwork. But even more than that, I’m going to miss the abundance of fresh produce! I envy anyone who lives somewhere warm enough to grow fruits and vegetables year round. Here in Ohio, farmers’ markets are pretty much nonexistent after October, and we all know that local produce tastes best.

This summer, my neighbor had a very successful garden which yielded tons of zucchini and summer squash. She had so much, in fact, that she gifted us  an enormous cardboard box full of it! Because of this, I spent countless hours experimenting with summer squash, which brings us to today’s recipe: tofu and summer squash stir fry! I came up with this recipe one night when I needed a quick, simple meal, and I was trying to use up the summer squash in our house. It only uses 5 ingredients (not including the rice or scallions), and it’s one of the fastest meals I’ve ever made. I used a microwaving technique to quickly drain a block of tofu, since the traditional pressing technique takes hours. The dish was so easy to make that I continued making it almost every night for about a week! As far as the taste goes, it’s been tried and approved by myself and 3 others, 2 of whom are omnivores. All in all, I’d say this is the perfect meatless meal for night when you don’t have a lot of time to cook!

Tofu and Summer Squash Stir Fry

Today's stir fry recipe is one of the quickest and easiest meals you'll ever make! This post also includes a tip for how to extract the water from tofu without pressing it for hours.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese, Japanese
Keyword how to make tofu taste good, how to press tofu quickly, meatless meals, meatless recipes, quick tofu recipes, stir fry, summer meals, summer squash, tofu, tofu recipes, vegan dinner, vegan meals, vegan recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 383 kcal
Author Ayaka


For the Tofu

  • 7.5 oz (1/2 package) extra firm tofu
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

For the Summer Squash

  • 2 1/2 cups yellow summer squash chopped
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce

Other Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tbsp thinly sliced scallions for garnish


For the Tofu

  1. Wrap the tofu in a clean kitchen towel and gently squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
  2. Cut the tofu into 16 cubes and place on a microwave-safe plate lined with several paper towels.
  3. Microwave on high for one minute, change the paper towels, and microwave for another minute.
  4. Add the avocado oil to a large pan and place over medium-low heat.
  5. Add the cubed tofu and the soy sauce to the pan and cook, turning the tofu pieces over continuously to ensure they get crispy on all sides. Remove tofu from pan and set aside.

For the Summer Squash

  1. Add summer squash, crushed red pepper, and soy sauce to the empty pan.
  2. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until squash is cooked through.
  3. Return tofu to pan and stir to combine. Remove from heat.

To Serve

  1. Add 1 cup cooked rice to a bowl or plate along with 1/2 of the stir fry.
  2. Garnish with 1 tbsp sliced scallions and enjoy!

2 Comments Add yours

Leave a Reply