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
1/4cupbrown sugar or coconut sugar
1teaspooncornstarch + 1 teaspoon water, stirred together
1tablespoonrice wine vinegar
another 1/2cupvegetable broth
Whole chillis, to boil or ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
In a medium-size bowl place the pressed and cubed tofu. Add in soy sauce/liquid aminos and toss to coat. Add in the garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper and cornstarch and toss to thoroughly combine.
Heat a pan or wok over medium-high heat, and add the sesame 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 heat, heat the sesame oil. Add in the ginger and the garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes until fragrant and sizzling.
Pour in all the other sauce ingredients (soy sauce, sugar, hoisin sauce, cornstarch slurry, sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar, water, vegetable broth), whisking together immediately to help incorporate the cornstarch slurry. Bring to a boil, then to 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 crispy tofu into the simmering sauce. Stir to coat the tofu fully 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!
How to store and reheat: If you have leftover General Tso Tofu, it will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Reheat it in a skillet with a splash of oil or in the microwave.How to freeze: You can freeze this recipe for up to 2 months in an airtight container. Microwave it from frozen or let it thaw in the refrigerator first and heat it on the stovetop with a splash of oil or in the microwave.