Orange tofu is a vegan alternative to orange chicken, with the same delicious flavors but with a healthier twist. It's easy to prepare, high in protein and may taste even better than the original.
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Why You'll Love This Vegan Orange Tofu Recipe
Versatile- Vegan orange tofu is a simple yet comforting dish and can be served with any number of veggie sides or over fluffy jasmine or brown rice.
Healthy- This orange tofu is a great way to get your daily dose of plant-based protein while enjoying a flavorful and satisfying meal.
Delicious- The combination of sweet orange juice, savory soy sauce, and ginger creates an irresistible flavor that will have you coming back for more.
What Is Orange Tofu?
Orange tofu is an easy vegan version of the traditional orange chicken that anyone can make at home. This Asian-inspired delight can be whipped up in no time and packs a flavorful punch. Orange tofu is perfect for weeknight dinners, lunch boxes, or casual get-togethers with friends. It's made with crispy pieces of baked tofu tossed in sweet and tangy orange sauce, making sure there's something for everyone to enjoy! Crispy orange tofu is also incredibly versatile. You can combine it with any range of veggie sides or serve it over fluffy jasmine, brown, or cauliflower rice for a delicious and comforting meal.
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
For the "Chicken":
- Corn Starch- Used to create crispy tofu.
- Garlic Powder- Adds a mild garlic flavor to the baked tofu.
- Salt- For seasoning the tofu.
- Orange Zest- Adds a zesty and bright flavor to the tofu cubes.
- Olive Oil- Helps coat the tofu before baking.
- Firm Tofu– The main ingredient in this recipe, the tofu cubes, provide a meaty texture and absorbs all of the delicious flavors. Extra firm tofu can also be used.
For the Orange Sauce:
- Coconut Oil- Helps to enhance the flavor of the sauce.
- Garlic Powder- Adds an extra layer of flavor.
- Ginger Powder- Gives a warm, spicy flavor that complements the orange juice.
- Brown Sugar- Used to add sweetness and helps thicken the sauce as it cooks down.
- Light Soy Sauce- Adds a salty and savory flavor.
- Rice Vinegar- Gives the sauce an acidic tanginess.
- Orange Juice- Used to provide a sweet and citrusy flavor. Fresh squeezed orange juice adds the best flavor.
- Corn Starch- This is used to thicken the sauce.
- Water- When mixed with the cornstarch, it helps to turn the orange sauce into the perfect consistency.
- Jasmin or Basmati Rice- This is used as the base for serving the orange tofu.
How To Make Orange Tofu
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, orange zest, and olive oil until combined.
Tear or cut the tofu into small pieces, then add it to the cornstarch mixture. Mix until the tofu is coated in the mixture.
Place the tofu on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, flipping each piece halfway through.
While you wait, start making the orange sauce. In a skillet on medium-high heat, melt the coconut oil and add garlic powder, ginger powder, brown sugar, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Stir well before you add orange juice, then bring it to a simmer.
To make the slurry, whisk together cornstarch and water. Then, pour the slurry into the skillet and let it simmer for approximately one minute.
Once the tofu is cooked to golden brown or your desired level of crispness, stir it into the orange sauce until coated.
Serve over warm rice with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Popular Substitutions & Additions
- Garnish your orange tofu with chopped green onions for an impressive finish, or top it off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, cashews, or almonds for a nutty crunch.
- Chili powder or red chili flakes for some heat.
- Add some diced bell peppers or other veggies such as broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and snow peas for a sweet and crunchy contrast.
- For a gluten-free version, replace the soy sauce with tamari or liquid aminos.
- Use olive oil or sesame oil in place of coconut oil.
Can You Freeze Vegan Orange Chicken?
Yes, you can freeze the orange tofu! To do so, store the crispy baked tofu in an airtight container or freezer bag. When ready to eat, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Crispy Orange Tofu FAQs
How do I store leftover crispy orange tofu?
Store any leftover tofu and sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat it on the stove stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
What kind of tofu should I use?
I recommend using a firm or extra-firm tofu for this recipe. It will hold its shape better and absorb the flavors of the sauce more easily.
Can the orange sauce be made spicer?
Yes, If you are a fan of spicy food, you can add chili powder or red pepper flakes to the orange sauce for a spicier version.
How far in advance can I make this orange tofu recipe?
You can make this vegan orange tofu 3-4 days in advance. Store the cooked tofu and the orange sauce separately in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Easy Orange Tofu Recipe
For the “Chicken”
- 1 ½ tbsp cornstarch
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp orange zest freshly grated
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 14 oz Firm tofu drained, torn into pieces
For the Orange Sauce
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ginger powder
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- ½ cup orange juice freshly squeezed
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 ½ tbsp water
- Jasmin or Basmati rice to serve with
- Prepare the tofu; preheat oven to 375F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, orange zest, and olive oil in a bowl.
- Add tofu and stir to combine.
- Transfer the tofu onto a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- In the meantime, make the sauce; melt coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add garlic powder, ginger powder, soy sauce, and rice vinegar and stir to combine. Add orange juice and bring to a simmer.
- Whisk cornstarch with water to make the slurry. Pour the slurry into the skillet and simmer for 1 minute.
- Add the tofu and stir to coat it well.
- Serve with warm rice and sprinkled with some sesame seeds.