Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Swiss Chard and Tofu Stir-Fry

tofu and Swiss chard
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: about 3-4 servings

Use any kind of Swiss chard you like in this super healthy vitamin and protein-rich vegetable stir-fry recipe. With tofu, mushrooms, and a bit of soy sauce, it's a simple and easy vegetarian and vegan recipe for a basic meal. To make this recipe gluten-free too, simply omit the soy sauce or use a gluten-free tamari.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 10-ounce block firm or extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
  • 6-8 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large bunch Swiss chard, any kind, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  • dash cayenne pepper (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and heat for just a minute or two, until lightly browned.
  3. Add the chopped tofu and heat until lightly golden brown on all sides, stirring occasionally as needed.
  4. Once the tofu is almost cooked, add a splash of soy sauce, stirring to coat the tofu well, then add the mushrooms.
  5. Heat the mushrooms with the tofu for another minute, then add the chopped Swiss chard.
  1. Drizzle with sesame oil, and stir, then sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and a dash of cayenne pepper.
  2. Allow the Swiss chard to cook down just a bit, until slightly wilted but still tender, rather than soft.

Variations, Cooking Tips, and Serving Suggestions

  • A steaming bowl of a simple miso soup would nicely round out this simple stir-fry.
  • Instead of pairing this stir-fry with rice, add a bit more sesame oil and soy sauce, and toss with cooked Asian noodles. Try rice noodles, udon noodles or soba noodles.
  • For a spicier kick, add a touch of hot sauce, such as an Asian sriracha sauce.
  • Toss any leftovers with quinoa and a sesame vinaigrette or a Japanese ginger dressing to turn into an Asian-inspired quinoa salad.
  • Can't find Swiss chard? Try it with Napa cabbage (you'll need to lengthen the cooking time a bit) or even beet greens.
  • Don't throw out those Swiss chard stems! besides adding them to the pot whenever you next make a soup or vegetable broth, Swiss chard stems can also be roasted into a cheesey side dish. Here's how: Roasted Swiss chard stem gratin recipe
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
242 Calories
11g Fat
29g Carbs
13g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)