Takeout is convenient, but nothing beats the taste of homemade food, like this black bean tofu and red peppers. Tofu and red peppers are sautéed together in aromatics and savory black bean sauce in this simple dish that is guaranteed to become a new family favorite. Serve with rice or any grains to complete the meal.

Black Bean Tofu and Red Peppers [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




Cooking Time




  • 1 14-ounce package tofu, drained
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 4-6 large cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 large red pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 4 green onions, green parts only chopped
  • 1/4 cup black bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari, to make it gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon cooking sherry or white cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted dark sesame oil


  1. To ensure the tofu browns nicely, press it in a tofu press or by setting something heavy on top of it for at least an hour (if possible).
  2. Drain the excess water and cut it into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add your cubed tofu and cook it stirring often until browned and crispy about 7 minutes.
  5. Transfer it to a plate, reduce the burner temperature to medium, and let the pan cool a bit.
  6. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes (if using), stirring constantly for about a minute.
  7. Add the red pepper chunks and cook for about 2 minutes or until just softened.
  8. Reduce the heat to low and add the tofu back in along with the black bean sauce, low sodium soy sauce (you really need low sodium for this recipe or it can taste too salty), green onions, wine, sugar if using, and sesame oil.
  9. Ready in about 2 minutes once the tofu is fully heated through.


Adapted from The Chinese Vegan Kitchen.