This Orange Tofu recipe comes together in under 30 minutes and is perfect for those busy weeknights! This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and even non-tofu lovers will love this dish!
A tofu recipe for everyone
This recipe for Orange Tofu is made with pieces of extra-firm tofu pan-fried until crispy then tossed in a sweet and tangy Asian-style orange sauce. It’s a quick and easy to recipe to make and is perfect for a tasty vegan and gluten-free dinner.
This tofu can be enjoyed on its own or served with a side of rice, (I recommend jasmine rice) rice noodles, or stir-fried veggies.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- This tofu dish comes together in under 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for those busy nights when you want dinner on the table quickly!
- The sauce is sweet and tangy and easy to make. The sauce coats the tofu and thickens as it cooks so you end up with restaurant-style tofu that is way healthier.
- This recipe can be modified and made with baked tofu, or vegetables added to it if you’re looking for a healthier alternative.
How to make orange tofu
- Drain the tofu and pat it dry. Then cut it up into cubes or 2-inch pieces and toss it with the cornstarch to evenly coat each piece.
- Fry the tofu in a pan with some oil until golden brown on each side.
- Mix the sauce ingredients together then add the sauce to a pan and let cook on medium for the sauce to thicken.
- Add the tofu to the pan and toss until evenly coated.
Tofu cooking options
This Orange Tofu is pan-fried in oil, but if you prefer (and have a bit more time on your hands) you can bake the tofu instead.
To bake the tofu, toss the cubes with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil, then coat with the cornstarch. Place all the pieces of tofu on a baking sheet spaced out so they aren’t touching, and bake at 425 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, flipping halfway through until golden brown on each side.
Tips for making this recipe perfectly
- Use firm or extra-firm tofu in this recipe to get crispy pieces of tofu.
- Don’t skip adding cornstarch to coat the tofu. This coating helps the tofu get a nice and crispy exterior.
- Be patient while cooking the tofu. You want to cook it on each side until nice and golden brown.
More tofu recipes to try
A delicious crispy tofu coated in orange sauce that is completely vegan and gluten-free!
- 1 pack extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 2-inch pieces or cubes
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 3 tbsp sunflower oil for frying
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 2-ich cube ginger, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 4 tsp orange zest
- 4 tbsp tamari (can sub soy sauce)
- 4 tbsp rice vinegar
- 4 tbsp coconut sugar (can sub brown sugar)
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- Rice or noodles
- sliced green onions
- sesame seeds
- Toss the tofu in cornstarch then fry in a pan with sunflower oil on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.
- Once the tofu is cooked, remove from the pan and place onto a plate with paper towel. Pour out any excess oil from the pan.
- Add the sauce to the pan on medium heat and allow it to cook down just slightly, then add the tofu and toss everything together until well coated.
- Serve over rice.
Use firm or extra-firm tofu in this recipe to get crispy pieces of tofu.
Don’t skip adding cornstarch to coat the tofu. This coating helps the tofu get a nice and crispy exterior.
Be patient while cooking the tofu. You want to cook it on each side until nice and golden brown.
- Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
- Calories: 150
- Sugar: 8g
- Sodium: 400mg
- Fat: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 15g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 4g
Keywords: orange tofu, vegan tofu, fried tofu with orange sauce
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