Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  400
  • Protein  19 g
  • Carbohydrates  45 g
  • Fat  16 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  584 mg
  • Potassium  317 mg
  • Phosphorus  177 mg
  • Calcium  253 mg
  • Fiber  2.7 g

Crunchy Tofu Stir Fry

Crunchy Tofu Stir Fry is a kidney-friendly vegetarian option. DaVita dietitian Jean from Iowa created Crunchy Tofu Stir Fry to share with kidney patients looking for meatless options that still provide high quality protein to meet the requirements of a dialysis diet.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Jean from Iowa.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 1 cup tofu and vegetables + 1/2 cup rice


  • 16 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® herb seasoning blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 cups steamed white rice


    1. Cut tofu into cubes. Cut bell pepper into strips and chop garlic clove.
    2. Mix reduced-sodium soy sauce, lime juice and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
    3. In three separate bowls, put cornstarch, egg whites and bread crumbs. Dip tofu cubes first in cornstarch, then egg whites and coat with bread crumbs.
    4. Heat canola oil in a skillet or wok and  stir fry coated tofu until golden brown and crunchy. Remove tofu from pan and set aside.
    5. In the same pan, add sesame oil. and heat. Stir fry broccoli and red bell pepper strips until crisp tender. Add chopped garlic, Mrs. Dash seasoning blend, black pepper and cayenne pepper and cook one minute.
    6. Add tofu back to pan and toss with vegetables. Pour soy-lime juice mixture over top, sprinkle with sesame seeds and stir. Remove from heat and divide into 4 portions.Serve with 1/2 cup rice.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 2-1/2 starch
  • 1-1/2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Substitute olive oil for sesame oil if desired.
  • You can freeze cubed tofu to thaw and stir fry later. Freezing gives tofu a firmer, "meatier" texture.
  • Use your favorite salt-free seasoning. Tip: Penzey's Spices®, Mrs. Dash® and Tone's® make a variety of excellent salt-free seasonings. Avoid salt substitutes that contain potassium chloride due to high potassium content.

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Crunchy Tofu Stir Fry

yummycakes says:


Sounds good and will rate without testing or I can't comment. Tofu should be drained of liquid before using. Put Tofu in large colander and then place a plate with heavy objects on top. I use unopened cans of fruits or veggies. Let it drain for about an hour, turn once. Then dip in corn starch, etc. The taste and texture will be more pleasing.

Mar. 31, 2014, 3:51 PM - Inappropriate review?

Crunchy Tofu Stir Fry

laura says:


I need 3 meat and 1 veg. Thank you. Dietitian comment: You could add additional tofu and adjust the amount of vegetables to meet your diet goals.

Dec. 09, 2013, 11:09 AM - Inappropriate review?

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