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General Tso’s Tofu {Chloe Flavor}

General Tso's Tofu from the Chloe Flavor Cookbook. Serve with rice or quinoa, top with sesame seeds and you have yourself a delicious vegan, gluten-free meal! This post has been sponsored by Nasoya – all opinions are my own.

General Tso's Tofu from the Chloe Flavor Cookbook - serve with rice or quinoa and top with sesame seeds

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Tofu is something I have struggled with cooking over the years.

It tends to get stuck to the pan, and/or not be evenly cooked on all sides.

Considering I've been a vegetarian for 3/4 of my life, you'd think I would be better at this by now!

Luckily I was recently sent a copy of Chef Chloe's newest cookbook, Chloe Flavor, which includes some tips for stir-frying tofu to get it perfectly crispy.

Her tips include not only several tofu recipes (and a recommendation for her favorite tofu brand, Nasoya) but also to use a tofu press.

This isn't the first time I heard about a tofu press, but I honestly didn't think it would make much of a difference. I'll tell you though – I was surprised how much water still came out of an extra firm tofu block after pressing!

Chloe Flavor Cookbook Cover

Getting the extra water out makes the tofu both firmer and crispier. I decided to try this trick on one of the cookbook recipes, General Tso's Tofu.

If you've ever ordered General Tso's Chicken on a menu at your favorite Chinese restaurant,  you'll like this vegan-ized version!

Chloe Flavor General Tso's Tofu Recipe

Start off with extra-firm Nasoya tofu, and put it in the tofu press for 20-30 minutes.

Then it's ready to be cubed, tossed in some cornstarch and tamari, and stir-fried!

General Tso's Tofu cooking in a cast iron pan. Recipe from Chloe Flavor cookbook

General Tso's Tofu from the Chloe Flavor Cookbook - serve with rice or quinoa and top with sesame seedsThe original recipe added orange peel to simmer in the sauce, as well as some chopped ginger – of which I did neither.

I'm sure those add some wonderful flavor too, but in case you don't have them on hand like me, know that it will still turn out great!

General Tso's Tofu from the Chloe Flavor Cookbook - serve with rice or quinoa and top with sesame seeds

Top with sesame seeds, serve with some cooked rice or quinoa, and you have yourself a delicious tofu dinner.

General Tso's Tofu from the Chloe Flavor Cookbook - serve with rice or quinoa and top with sesame seeds

I only have one other tofu recipe on the blog so far – pineapple tofu. I think it will be that much better trying this tofu press trick with it!

Yield: 2

General Tso's Tofu

General Tso's Tofu from the Chloe Flavor Cookbook - serve with rice or quinoa and top with sesame seeds

General Tso's Tofu from the Chloe Flavor Cookbook - serve with rice or quinoa, top with sesame seeds and you have yourself a delicious vegan, gluten-free meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

For the tofu:

  • 1 (16-oz.) package extra-firm tofu, pressed and sliced into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

For the stir-fry:

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice (or juice from 1 orange)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 4 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • rice or quinoa, for serving
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

Make the tofu:

  1. In a large ziploc bag, add the cubed tofu, tamari and then cornstarch. Toss to coat.

Make the stir-fry:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, tamari, sriracha, orange juice and cornstarch until the cornstarch has dissolved. Set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet or cast iron pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the tofu, working in batches as needed, and sear for about 3 minutes on each side or until crispy all over. Add more oil between batches as needed.
  3. If cooked in batches, return all tofu to the skillet and add the green onions, garlic and ginger. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the green onions begin to break down.
  4. Add the sauce you set aside and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 5 minutes more, until the sauce thickens.
  5. Serve with rice or quinoa and top with sesame seeds. 

Notes

*Recipe from Chloe Flavor Cookbook, reprinted with permission.

**Original recipe also adds some orange peel to the simmer.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 637Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2238mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 6gSugar: 31gProtein: 16g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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General Tso's Tofu recipe from the Chloe Flavor Cookbook - serve with rice or quinoa, top with sesame seeds and you have yourself a delicious vegan, gluten-free meal!

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