Ginger Tofu with Peppers

Ginger Tofu with Peppers

One of the challenges when first starting to eat a more plant-based diet is finding protein sources.

However, once you start looking you will see, the possibilities are endless!

This recipe features tofu as a source of protein. If you are new to tofu, this is a flavorful and easy way to prepare it. You might need to stock up on a few spices you might not usually have on hand… more on that below.

This recipe also features another superfood- ginger!

Did you know that the phytochemicals in ginger have been studied for their effects on a wide range of processes in our bodies, including inflammation and cancer? In small studies, it has been found to be helpful in treatment of migraines, useful in post-operative and pregnancy-related nausea, indigestion and also moderately effective in arthritis pain! Ginger is also being studied for possible benefits in brain inflammation and improving blood sugar and insulin function.

Prep: 10 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins




Tofu- 14 oz, pressed & drained, then cubed

Avocado oil- 2 tbsp

Onion- 1 medium, chopped into large pieces

Multicolored bell peppers- 2 large

Ginger- 2 inches, peeled and cut into small matchsticks

Serrano or jalapeno pepper- ½ -1 chopped depending on spice level preferred

Vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)- 1 ½ tbsp

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

Turmeric powder- 1 tsp

Red chili powder- 1/8 tsp (add more if you like it hot!)

Salt- to taste

Garam masala- 1 tsp



  1. Prep tofu by pressing between 2 cutting boards while draining over sink. Cut into cubes and set aside
  2. Warm a stainless steel pan over low-medium heat.
  3. Once warm, add avocado oil and let heat for a minute.
  4. Add cumin seeds & once changing color, add the onions, ginger & serrano pepper
  5. Cook on low-medium heat while stirring for 1 minute.
  6. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder & stir. After 1 minute, add bell peppers.
  7. Cook uncovered while stirring for 3 minutes.
  8. Add tofu, salt & vinegar.
  9. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring gently.
  10. Add garam masala powder & optional garnish with chopped cilantro


This recipe can be easily doubled and kept on hand for the week in the refrigerator. Serve as a wrap, on its own, or over your favorite whole grain or cauliflower rice.

In health,

Richa Mittal, MD






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