top down view cabbage stir fry with tofu in a bowl.

5 from 2 reviews

Cabbage stir fry is a quick and easy Asian inspired side dish ready in 30 minutes! Great with crispy tofu and side of quinoa, basmati or jasmine rice for a healthy, vegan main dish.


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 12 ounces organic tofu (firm or extra firm), cut into dominoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 23 large garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 small cabbage (about 1 1/2 lbs.), finely shredded (red, green or both)
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 carrot or 1 cup baby carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 green onions, sliced (reserve one green onion for garnish)
  • 24 tablespoons tamari ,low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 12 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt + pepper, to taste

to serve

  • sesame seeds
  • scallions (green onions), thinly sliced
  • grain of choice (soba or ramen noodles or quinoa, basmati or jasmine rice), optional


Crispy tofu: Cut the tofu into dominoes and press between paper towels or dish cloth. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan, add tofu and cook for 5 – 8 minutes on each side, until lightly golden in color. Season with salt and garlic powder (or garlic salt). Transfer tofu to a small plate.

Stir fry: Heat 14 inch wok or large skillet over medium- high heat, add 1 remaining tablespoon of oil, add garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute. Add cabbage, red bell pepper, carrots, green onions, tamari, rice vinegar and water, stir fry for 5 – 7 minutes, or until cabbage wilts and veggies soften. Add the tofu to the cabbage stir fry 2 minutes before done to warm through. Taste for seasoning, adding salt to taste.

Serve cabbage stir fry with cooked grain of choice and garnish with sesame seeds, green onions and/or cilantro.

Serves 4


Oil-Free: Make this oil free by using 1/4 cup water when stir frying the cabbage. If using a non-stick pan for cooking the tofu, you can omit the oil. Alternatively, bake the tofu on a lined baking sheet in a preheated oven set to 400 for 20 – 25 minutes.