General Tso’s Tofu

General Tso’s Tofu is tasty, beautiful and incredibly easy to make.

I can’t even tell you how many times I get the question about tofu so I try to create delicious recipes using this amazing ingredient.

General Tso's Tofu is tasty, beautiful and incredibly easy to make.
General Tso’s Tofu

Since it literally does not taste like anything you must flavor it with the seasonings.

In this case, General Tso’s, Asian inspired sauce is a phenomenal addition to tofu.

It not only flavors it but gives umami that you really want. I am only going to suggest eating it right away.

The reason why I am suggesting eating it right away is that it will lose its crispiness if it sits too long.

We all know that General Tso’s is probably the most well known Asian fried chicken recipe of all, but you must give this one a go.

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General Tso's Tofu

Also, you must use extra firm or at least firm tofu for this dish.

Softer types of tofu are usually used in soups and stews, although I like to squeeze in firm tofu in my soups as well.

So, the taste of this is a bit sweet, hardly spicy and a whole lot of delicious. It smacks your lips delicious, that is. I have a feeling that you love it.

Well, if you like tofu as well as the flavors of Asian cuisine then I know you will love it.

My husband and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to share this simple and easy recipe.

General Tso's Tofu

If you’re following Meatless Mondays’ then, hey, this is a quite perfect dish to make for you and your family.

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General Tso's Tofu
Yield: Serves 4

General Tso's Tofu

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

General Tso's Tofu recipe is easy and so tasty. Simple meatless dishes always hit the spot.

Ingredients

Tofu:

  • 1 block extra-firm organic tofu
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Sauce:

  • 1 cup chicken broth (alt. vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (mixed with 2 tablespoons water)/ you can use any other sauce thickener.

Garnish:

  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • A drizzle of sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Take the tofu out of the container and press the whole block between two plates lined with paper towels and top the whole setup with a heavy can. If you have a TOFU press that is helpful as well. This will press out excess moisture from the tofu and make adding flavor easier. Also, pressed tofu absorbs liquids like soy sauce marinate that we are using much better.. Slice or cube the tofu after pressing.
  2. Combine soy sauce and sesame oil together and add over the cubed tofu. Allow it to marinate for 10 to 15 minutes. Try to turn it a few times so it coats every side.
  3. Coat the tofu in starch before frying. The alternative to corn starch: You may use arrowroot powder is a fine powder, very similar to cornstarch. It is also gluten-free so if you're sensitive to corn-based products use this powder. It crisps the tofu just like cornstarch, although it might stick to the pan so be aware of that.
  4. Set a large frying pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. It should not smoke so allow it to just heat. Cast iron holds a higher temperature so turn the heat just a bit down if you are using a cast-iron skillet.
  5. Add the tofu in a single layer. If your skillet is smaller then make it in two batches. Do not overcrowd a skillet. The tofu should sizzle upon contact when you place it in the hot oil, if not wait for a few seconds until it heats up properly. That is why you should add one and see if the oil is hot enough.
  6. Fry tofu until it is golden. Wait until the tofu releases from the pan before browning the next side; the underside of the tofu should be golden-brown. Continue frying until all sides are browned and crispy.
  7. Place each batch on the kitchen paper towel or wire rack, whichever you prefer.
  8. Put the ingredients for the sauce, except for cornstarch and water mixture, in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  9. Meanwhile, combine cornstarch and water and mix until smooth in texture. Slowly add to the lightly boiling sauce while continuously stirring.
  10. Cook for a couple of minutes or until sauce thickens.
  11. Add crispy tofu to the sauce and coat it well. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Serve immediately. I like drizzling a bit of sesame oil just before serving, but it is optional.

Notes

  • If you wish to use store-bought General Tso's Sauce, you are more than welcome.
  • Tofu must be extra firm or at least firm for this dish.
  • If you are vegetarian using vegetable broth for the sauce

The Best Oil for Frying

  • Peanut oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Canola oil
  • Corn oil

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