A tofu stir-fry contains veggies, like green beans, edamame, zucchini, red bell peppers, and snap peas or snow peas in addition to tofu—a food product of pressed coagulated soy milk curds with varying degrees of water left in the blocks, which result in different types of firmness. \n\n[Tofu](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/what-is-tofu) originated in China. Although used in many Chinese dishes, Japanese cuisine also incorporates the ingredient, particularly silken tofu. Other Asian dishes that feature tofu include miso soup and pad Thai. \n\nThe six typical levels of firmness are [silken](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/silken-tofu-guide), soft, medium, firm, extra-firm, and super-firm. Firmer tofu absorbs flavor less easily than softer varieties, but stronger flavors can still penetrate the curds. [Soy sauce](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/soy-sauce-explained) is a common ingredient to marinate tofu or [tempeh](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/what-is-tempeh) (a tofu-like ingredient) for a stir-fry.\nOne advantage to a tofu veggie stir-fry is that you can prepare a large amount to save and serve with various accompaniments for different weeknight main courses. Here are a few popular ways to serve a tofu stir-fry: \n\n- __Over brown rice__: Complex carbohydrates such as [brown rice](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-cook-the-perfect-brown-rice-easy-brown-rice-recipe-and-cooking-tips) pair well with a tofu stir-fry because they fill you up and leave you satisfied. Additionally, brown rice has a mild flavor, so it won’t compete with any ingredients in the stir-fry itself. \n- __Over cauliflower rice__: Add small cauliflower pieces to a food processor to make [cauliflower rice](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-make-cauliflower-rice), which you can serve alongside your stir-fry just as you would regular rice. Cauliflower is gluten-free and low-carb and has a softer texture than brown rice.\n- __Over rice noodles__: Rice noodles are a good base for a tofu-stir fry because they are thick and chewy, adding heft to your meal. Rice noodles can hold up well to a more viscous stir-fry sauce and are a good choice for stir-fry recipes that incorporate bulkier veggies and nuts. \nA tofu stir-fry recipe features fairly firm tofu—cubed and pan-fried—alongside savory vegetables.