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General Tso Tofu (Vegan)

This easy vegan General Tso tofu recipe is a delicious, nutritious weeknight dinner for when you want take-out at home! The sauce is perfectly balanced with salty, sweet and spicy flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese-inspired, Vegan
Keyword General tso tofu recipe, vegan General tso tofu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 342kcal

Ingredients

  • 350 grams extra firm tofu (pressed if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ginger , grated or finely minced
  • ¼ cup green onion , diced

Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • chili flakes (to taste; optional)

To Serve

  • rice , cooked
  • broccoli , steamed

Instructions

Step 1: Prep and Brown Tofu

  • The tofu I buy doesn’t need pressing, but if yours does (if water comes out when pressed) start by pressing the tofu.
    350 grams extra firm tofu
  • Next, cut your tofu into bite-sized cubes.
  • Add cut tofu to a container or plastic bag along with corn starch and toss to coat (shake the bag or place lid on container to shake).
    2 tablespoons corn starch
  • It’s best to brown the tofu in 2 batches. Warm a large pan over medium-high heat and add cooking/ vegetable oil. Brown the first half of the tofu on all sides.
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Then, heat the remaining vegetable oil and brown your second batch of tofu; if it browns very quickly or becomes dark brown rather than golden brown, turn down the heat.
  • Set aside the browned tofu.

Step 2: Prep and Cook Sauce

  • Finely mince or grate ginger.
    1 ½ tablespoons ginger
  • Dice green onion (you can use the green and white parts).
    ¼ cup green onion
  • In a small bowl or jar, whisk together all the sauce ingredients: rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, water and chili flakes to taste.
    3 tablespoons rice vinegar, 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce, 3 tablespoons ketchup, 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup water, chili flakes
  • In the pan used to brown your tofu, warm sesame oil over medium heat. Add ginger and green onion and cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
    2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Next, add your sauce and cook for about 1 minute before adding the browned tofu to the pan.
  • Simmer the tofu in sauce, tossing regularly, until your sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Assemble and Serve

  • Serve the saucy tofu alongside steamed broccoli and cooked rice.
    rice, broccoli

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Notes

Accuracy of nutrition information cannot be guaranteed (certain ingredients may not have all nutrients listed in the database); amounts may vary (and will vary depending on brands of ingredients used); all nutrition fact values rounded to the nearest whole number.
Nutrition information reflects only the sauce and tofu; rice, broccoli and anything else consumed with the recipe not included.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving (¼ of recipe) | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 373IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 346mg | Iron: 3mg