This General Tso Tofu taste just like your favourite Chinese takeout order! It features deliciously crispy tofu generously coated in an easy homemade sweet and tangy sauce!
General Tso Tofu is a dish made so many times in our house that I can practically make it blindfolded. Although, I’m going to take a guess that cooking blindfolded probably isn’t generally advised. When Gav went vegan, we knew a top to-do would be to recreate as many of his favourite Asian-inspired dishes as we could. It’s his favourite cuisine, and throughout our marriage, it’s certainly become one of mine too. Simply said, this general dish is one of our favourite comfort foods to date!
How to make General Tso Tofu
This dish is broken down into two steps – making the sauce, and making the divine deliciously crispy tofu. The sauce is made up of easy to find ingredients and comes together so quickly. It’s thick and viscous and a mix of sweet and tangy. It’s the type of sauce that’s so that you can eat with a spoon!
The tofu is next, and MAN! Crispy tofu is such a treat! I break down my favourite way to make it, then add it to the sauce.
What to Serve General Tso Tofu with
There are so many ways to enjoy this dish. Since it’s so saucy, it goes wonderful with:
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General Tso Tofu
This General Tso Tofu taste just like your favourite Chinese takeout order! It features deliciously crispy tofu generously coated in an easy homemade general tso sauce!
pinch sea salt and black pepper (about ¼ teaspoon each)
2teaspoonssesame or regular oil
General Tso Sauce
1/2teaspoongrated fresh ginger
1/4cuplight soy sauceor liquid aminos
1/4cupraw unrefined brown sugar or coconut sugar
1teaspooncornstarch + 1 teaspoon water, stirred together
1tablespoonrice wine vinegar
1/2cupwater or broth
another 1/2cupwater or broth
Whole chillis, to boil or ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
In a medium-size bowl place the pressed and cubed tofu. Add in liquid aminos and toss to coat. Add in all of the other seasoning ingredients and toss to thoroughly combine.
Heat a pan or wok over medium-high heat, and add the oil. When hot, add the tofu and toss to crisp up on all sides until the tofu is cooked and crisped on all sides, about 8 minutes.
General Tso Sauce + Putting it All Together
In a pan over medium-high heat, heat the same oil. Add in the ginger and the garlic and sauce for about 2 minutes until fragrant and sizzling.
Mix all the other sauce ingredients, whisking together to help dissolve the cornstarch slurry. Bring to a boil, then a simmer for about 4 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken up. Whisk frequently so the cornstarch doesn't thicken up in spots but instead mixes evenly throughout the sauce. Taste test and add more sugar if you want it sweeter. Remove from heat until needed.
Add in the tofu and the sauce. Stir to coat everything in the sauce, then and allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes in the sauce.
Remove from heat and top with extra sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve and enjoy!