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Vegan General Tso's Tofu

A vegan take on the beloved American-Chinese takeout classic, General Tso's Chicken.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Vegan Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 560kcal
Cost: $3.01 recipe / $0.38 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 13 oz block extra firm tofu $2.40
  • 3 tsp minced garlic $0.06
  • 2 tsp soy sauce $0.03
  • 1 tsp chili flakes $0.01
  • 1 tsp beer *see notes $0.09
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder $0.03
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch $0.11
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil $0.09

For The Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp sugar $0.02
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar $0.01
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce $0.09
  • 1 tsp aji-no-moto $0.02
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp corn starch $0.06

Instructions

  • Drain tofu for 30 minutes by setting it in a colander. Set a plate with a heavy can on top for extra weight to help it drain.
  • In a large bowl, add the minced garlic, chili flakes, beer, and ginger, and stir to combine.
  • Cut drained tofu into bite-sized cubes and gently mix it into the garlic sauce until tofu is completely coated. Cover and let rest in fridge for 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, make the sauce. Mix all the sauce ingredients together EXCEPT the cornstarch. Cover and let rest in fridge until you're ready to cook the tofu.
  • Heat oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp cornstarch over the tofu and shake to coat evenly (or gently stir). Spread marinated tofu cubes onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Heat 3 Tbsp oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the tofu from the oven and stir to coat in the hot oil.
  • Remove sauce from fridge and whisk in 1 tsp cornstarch. Pour into the frying pan and stir gently until sauce is boiling, then turn off heat.
  • Garnish plated tofu with sesame seeds and serve with steamed veggies and rice.

Notes

  • Aji-No-Moto is MSG, which is a commonly added in asian recipes to add the flavor umami. It's what makes Chinese takeout so mouth-watering! If you prefer not to use it, just leave it out. The difference is subtle, but I always use it at home in this dish.
  • To make a low-sodium version, replace soy sauce with coconut aminos. You can buy it on Amazon here.
  • You can replace the beer with white wine, cooking wine, or water.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 361mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g