Tofu and Green Beans in Black Bean Sauce

Satisfy your craving for Chinese food with this lip smacking healthy dish. Tofu and green beans taste particularly good with a bowl of fried rice. This is an incredibly easy to make, your favourite restaurant style dish and a must try for all tofu lovers.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2
  • 1.5 cups green beans
  • 200 gms firm tofu*
  • Spring onions (optional)
  • 3 garlic pods, minced
  • 1 tsp freshly minced ginger
  • 2-3 green chillies (optional)
  • ½ tsp red chilli flakes
  • 3 tbsp black bean sauce*
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

  1. Chop the green beans into whatever length you like. I like them slightly longer.
  2. Slit the green chillies lengthwise. You can skip the green chillies if you don't want the dish to be hot. 
  3. Cut the tofu into small squares or rectangular pieces. Fry lightly in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil till the tofu turns slightly brown on all sides. Keep aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the black bean sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar, and set aside.
  5. Heat a wok with about 1 tablespoon olive oil. You can also use the extra oil left after frying the tofu.
  6. Saute the ginger, garlic and the green chillies for a minute. Add the green beans and a teaspoon of salt. Stir well and cover for 4 minutes on medium heat.
  7. Remove cover and check if  done to your liking. I don’t like them overdone but you can cook them a little more if you like them softer.
  8. Add the tofu and chilli flakes. Now mix in the sauces in your bowl and stir gently.
  9. Allow to cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes till everything is well combined.
  10. Check for salt.
  11. Garnish with spring onions and serve hot.

Jovi’s Notes

I used Wing Yip Black Bean Sauce and smoked tofu from The Toofoo Co. You can use whatever brand you find at your local store.