General Tso's tofu is sweet, savory and super easy to make. This comfort food recipe is sure to make it into your regular dinner rotation!
General Tso's Tofu is the perfect combination of sweet, savory and comforting.
It is traditionally made with deep fried chicken, but we'll be making a lighter plant-based spin with oven baked tofu.
Take-out General Tso's is one of my favorite meals, so I had to find a way to make my own version at home.
A few simple modifications take a recipe that can be high-sodium and high-sugar and make it a little healthier without sacrificing flavor.
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Instead of frying the tofu, we'll use my favorite method for getting crispy, nicely textured tofu: coat the tofu in a bit of corn starch and oil and bake in the oven until golden brown. This is also the way I make peanut tofu.
For more information on this method, you can read my post on how to make crispy tofu.
Don't want to use your oven? Alternatively, drizzle a large pan with olive oil. Drizzle tofu with soy sauce and saute over medium heat until lightly browned.
If any of these ingredients look unfamiliar to you, don't worry -- they are available in most grocery stores in the international section.
Alternatively, they can be found on Amazon (I linked to the brands that I use).
- vegetable broth
- hoisin sauce
- reduced sodium soy sauce
- rice vinegar
- ground ginger
- garlic powder
- tomato paste
How to make the sauce
Set aside corn starch and 1 tablespoon of vegetable broth. Combine all remaining ingredients, except for vegetable broth, in a small sauce pan.
With the heat off, use a silicon whisk to mix ingredients together (I use silicon to avoid scratching).
Slowly whisk in vegetable broth. Bring to a rapid simmer over medium-high heat.
In a small bowl, combine the corn starch and 1 tablespoon cold or room temp veg broth (hot broth won't mix as well). Add this slurry to the simmering sauce, stirring to combine.
Bring heat to medium-low. Simmer sauce uncovered until thickened enough to coat the back of a metal spoon without sliding off.
I like to eat General Tso's Tofu with white or brown rice and steamed broccoli. It's also good with quinoa and peas or mixed vegetables.
This also goes so well with my vegan fried rice!
The tofu will last in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or re-crisp on the stove over medium heat.