July 14, 2014

Asian Orange Glazed Tofu

Asian Orange Glazed Tofu is tasty, flavourful and shows you how amazing tofu can be!

Asian Orange Glazed Tofu is tasty, flavourful and shows you how amazing tofu can be! #vegan #asian #tofu #couscous #healthy

This was quite an eventful week. The end of the World Cup (so glad that final match didn’t go into penalties because my heart can’t take it!) and the first time we tried tofu at home. I will admit, I was kinda terrified nervous but we went ahead anyway, tofu in one hand, spatula in the next.

Can I just say, I’m kinda in love with tofu now.

Asian Orange Glazed Tofu is tasty, flavourful and shows you how amazing tofu can be! #vegan #asian #tofu #couscous #healthy

It wasn’t until Mr. Bakes pointed it out that I realised I had tofu every time I had miso soup at the Japanese restaurant, and I was like oh d-uh I love that stuff. But just like how some cruel person taught us that beets tastes like dirt (no, they are deliciously sweet and make amazing beet chips) someone taught us that tofu is bad for you. The truth is, it isn’t. We got tofu Non-GMO soybeans (I am all about avoiding GMOs ever since I did extensive research) and also, it’s more than possible to create tofu from many other beans, so clearly this stuff is quite normal. Don’t be afraid of tofu; I’m not trying to be reminded of meat so I won’t say it was “meaty”, but it had a wonderful texture, wasn’t mushy in any way, and best of all absorbed the flavours perfectly. Thanks to Kiersten of Oh My Veggies we felt inspired to try it!
Asian Orange Glazed Tofu is tasty, flavourful and shows you how amazing tofu can be! #vegan #asian #tofu #couscous #healthy

I wish chinese food restaurants served this, because I could eat it all over again. The glaze was a great base, but the tofu absorbed it perfectly after only 10 minutes of sitting in the sauce, and was the perfect topping to my couscous. And if I thought I loved it, Mr. Bakes LOVED IT. Like, “when are we making tofu again??” loved it. Score! I’m now super interested in what else I can make with tofu. You should have seen my facial expression when I realised this magical soybean creation would soak up ANY flavour, making it perfect for dessert! Mousse! Pudding! Cheesecake! I had a sparkle in my eyes that caused Mr. Bakes to snap his fingers in front of me to bring me back to reality.

I may have created a monster…

Asian Orange Glazed Tofu is tasty, flavourful and shows you how amazing tofu can be! #vegan #asian #tofu #couscous #healthy

 

Asian Orange Glazed Tofu

Preparation 35 min Cook Time 20 min Serves 2-3     adjust servings

Asian Orange Glazed Tofu is tasty, flavourful and shows you how amazing tofu can be!

Ingredients

  • 1 block of exta-firm tofu

Orange Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons Orange marmalade
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon of amino acids or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • Chopped red peppers, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Press tofu for 30 minutes in the whole block (you can put a towel underneath it, then one on top of it and put some books on top to press it. This will help to remove the water and won't leave it feeling mushy.
  2. When tofu is pressed (it should look much thinner and the towel will be wet), cut it into cubes.
  3. In a pan over medium heat, sautée tofu for 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from heat.
  4. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  5. In another pan over medium high heat, cook down sauce for 5 minutes until it begins to thicken, then add tofu and let tofu sit in the sauce for 10 minutes on medium-low heat to allow tofu to absorb the flavours of the sauce. Remove from heat.
  6. Serve over quinoa or couscous, top with chopped red peppers and enjoy!

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49 comments

  1. Gorgeous pictures, Jessica! Can you believe that I’ve never had tofu before? Your orange glaze is making me drool…this looks delicious!

  2. Monica says:

    I love tofu and anything with a thick “orange-glazed” sauce so this is genius. I bet it is very addicting!

  3. Ashley says:

    Sooo I’ve never tried cooking with tofu at home. Which is kinda weird when I think about it! haha I do like it but never buy it myself! This looks awesome – that glaze sounds so freaking amazing!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Ashley! Definitely try it out, I was surprised at how easy it is to cook with!

  4. Love this, Jessica! I too have never made tofu, but I don’t hate it, and I really think I’d jump head over heels for this recipe for meatless Monday! Thanks for sharing, girl!

  5. Pam says:

    That first picture has me drooling. It looks really delicious!

  6. I am sort of afraid of cooking with tofu, I leave that to the pro’s :). This bowl looks delicious and it sounds simple enough to make. Yum

  7. I really don’t make enough tofu and this post has reminded me that I need to.

    Great photos!

  8. Oh Jessica! You had me at glazed and marmalade! Yeoooww!! It’s because of recipes like your’s and Kierstan’s that tofu (organic) is creeping into my life more and more. I bought THREE tubs of it at the store the other day, when most of the time I just simply ignored it. But it can’t be ignored any longer! Thanks for this recipe, Jessica! Looking forward to this one! Pinned.

  9. Liz says:

    Your glaze looks amazing! Though tofu probably wouldn’t fly around here, I think the glaze would be perfect on all sorts of other protein 🙂

  10. I’m a long time tofu lover, but I’ve never tried an orange glazed tofu before. This looks so good, Jessica! My husband was just saying that he wanted orange chicken for dinner tonight and I said he couldn’t get any because it wasn’t healthy, haha! I have some tofu in my fridge right now and I think I need to make this right now!

  11. I love tofu, but I’m working on getting my other half to enjoy it as well. I’ve made some progress recently, but I think this is the recipe to really bring the cravings! This glaze looks soooo great! I can imagine how delish it would taste on the tofu and seeping into the quinoa/couscous/rice. Yum!! 🙂

  12. I didn’t use to think I was a tofu girl, but you’re right, it’s great when properly prepared. I love the firm stuff like this (not so much the jelly-like version). And … wonderful wonderful idea to add sticky orange marmalade. That must be delicious!

  13. Beautiful pictures! I was going to say I don’t think I’ve ever had tofu before, but I have had Miso Soup – so I guess I have!

  14. Yeeeeahhhh I’m so tired of hearing people rave about how bad for you tofu is! Like, there are lots of non GMO versions out there! I’m a big fan of tofu and I’m dying to try your version soon. That glaze makes it look soooooooo delish yumm!

  15. Joanne says:

    It’s so funny, my parents have always said “tofu isn’t real food” or “tofu is disgusting” for my whole life…but I’m not sure that they’ve ever even tried it! Meanwhile, I’m a tofu fanatic! Love love love this glaze! Kind of want to drink it.

  16. This sounds delicious Jessica! I never tried glazing tofu! May have to try it!

  17. Oh gosh this looks unreal! So filled with flavor! Love!

  18. The first time I tried tofu was in soup too! This looks amazing and I will definitely have to give it a try.

    • Jessica says:

      I hope you do and love it! Thanks for commenting Lauren 🙂

  19. ela@GrayApron says:

    Like this orange glaze very much so I probably would like this tofu too! Fantastic!

    ela h.

  20. Oh my gosh!!! These tofus are insane!! Great recipe, Jess. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Kelly says:

    Holy moly, this looks amazing girl! We love tofu but have never tried adding that fantastic looking glaze on it – this would definitely be a hit at our house 🙂

  22. Yum, this looks so good! My boyfriend has been buying tofu a lot lately, so I desperately need good tofu dishes, lol. 😉

  23. zerrin says:

    Mmmmm that looks delish! Can’t wait to try it! Pinned!

  24. Meredith Petrnousek says:

    I made this for dinner with steamed broccoli and some shredded carrots instead of peppers and doubled the sauce. My family, even my 4 year old, enjoyed it a lot! Good way to use up the orange marmelade wasting space on my shelf, too. Delicious!!

  25. Jenette says:

    I just made this tonight with some orange and fig marmalade that I had on hand and it was amazing! My husband raved about it. I will definitely be making this again!

    • Jessica says:

      So glad you enjoyed this Jenette – thank you so much for the feedback!!

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