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General Tso Tofu Recipe (High Protein, Vegan)

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This General Tso Tofu recipe is a great vegan alternative to chicken! Not too sweet, the sauce is made with chilis, oranges, & sesame oil.  This tofu is fantastic to serve with vegetable stir fry and some freshly steamed sticky rice.

This vegan General Tso recipe starts with crispy baked tofu, then is tossed with a thick and delicious sauce. Top with fresh chopped green onions and sesame seeds. A tasty and healthy dinner to make on busy weeknights.

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We absolutely love this easy General Tso tofu recipe – it’s bright, flavorful, and SO good with your favorite sauteed veggies. General Tso chicken used to be a favorite of mine growing up – and I had to find a way to make a healthier plant-based version.

For a delicious & flavorful sauce, I used liquid aminos instead of soy sauce. Liquid aminos have a similar flavor to soy sauce, but have less sodium overall. We always keep a few bottles of this in our pantry!  It gives a great umami flavor to the General Tso tofu. 

This General Tso Tofu Recipe Is:

  • Fresh
  • Bright
  • Vibrant
  • Citrus-y
  • Tangy
  • Sweet
  • Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten Free!

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Make General Tso Chicken Vegan for a Healthy Version

This vegan General Tso chicken recipe is a simple way to get extra veggies in your diet. I’m all about making recipes plant-based when I can. Vegan cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around vegan pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make healthier meals for you and your family. I made a list of my 125 favorite vegan pantry ingredients that we use on a weekly basis, and check out all my vegan recipes here that are on The Herbeevore. These easy and healthy recipes are fantastic meatless and dairy free meals for your table.

What’s In This Baked General Tso’s Tofu Recipe?

Garlic, Green Onions, Fresh Ginger Root – I get all the fresh produce for my recipes from my garden and from Misfits Market – they sell all organic produce at a super discounted price, and it’s purchased direct from the farmers. We get Misfit Market boxes every other week and love picking out our favorite seasonal produce.
  • Tofu
  • Chili Crisp Oil – a great addition to the sauce, gives this dish a fantastic spice!
  • Corn Starch: the secret to thicken the sauce at the end, it really makes a difference. I like this corn starch best.  I use it weekly to make crispy potatoes and tofu!
  • Sunflower Oil: our go-to oil for everything, it has a neutral mild flavor, great for roasting or baking! Sunflower is a high oleic oil, so it’s also great to use for high temperatures.
  • Sesame Seeds – I love adding a handful of these sesame seeds to finish off this recipe! These seeds add a nice crunch and light flavor to this orange tofu.
  • Liquid Aminos – Liquid aminos have a ton of the great flavor of soy sauce. We always keep a few bottles of this in our pantry!  It gives a great umami flavor to the orange tofu.
  • Oranges

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Sheet Pan Tofu Recipes For the Win!

This easy General Tso Tofu recipe is the perfect sheet pan dinner!  I love a good sheet pan meal, especially during these fall months when the weather starts to turn cooler. Cooking on a sheet pan is one of my favorite ways to get a meal on the table fast.

All the food gets cooked on a single pan, which makes cleaning up a breeze. And the oven does all the work for you, so you can focus on other kitchen prep while the food cooks. Sheet pan meals are awesome for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – check out my link here to see other healthy sheet pan meals that are ready in no time!

 

How Do I Make Vegan General Tso Tofu?

For the Tofu

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, tear the tofu right off the block into large chunks, about 1 square inch.  Place the tofu in the bowl, and toss it with corn starch, sunflower oil, sesame oil, and garlic powder. Mix well to combine.  
  3. Place coated tofu on the lined sheet pan, and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway.

For the General Tso Sauce

  1. In a large saucepan, add the sunflower oil, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger root. Sauté over low heat for 4-5 minutes until garlic and ginger begin to brown.
  2. Add the liquid aminos, orange juice and zest, and chili crisp oil.
  3. In a small bowl dissolve the corn starch in 2 tablespoons of cold water, then add the mix to the sauce, it will thicken, so continue to stir over low heat.
  4. Once tofu has finished cooking, toss with the sauce. Top with sesame seeds and green onion, and serve with rice.  Enjoy!

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General Tso Tofu

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This General Tso Tofu recipe is a great vegan alternative to chicken! Not too sweet, the sauce is made with chilis, oranges, & sesame oil.  This tofu is fantastic to serve with vegetable stir fry and some freshly steamed sticky rice. This vegan General Tso recipe starts with crispy baked tofu, then is tossed with a thick and delicious sauce. Top with fresh chopped green onions and sesame seeds. A tasty and healthy dinner to make on busy weeknights.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 95 kcal

Equipment

  • Sheet Pan

Ingredients
  

For the Crispy Tofu

For the Orange Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger root minced
  • 1 teaspoon liquid aminos or low sodium tamari
  • 1 large orange juiced, and zested (optional zest for extra orange flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili crisp oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water

Instructions
 

For the Tofu

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, tear the tofu right off the block into large chunks, about 1 square inch.  Place the tofu in the bowl, and toss it with corn starch, sunflower oil, sesame oil, and garlic powder. Mix well to combine.
  • Place coated tofu on the lined sheet pan, and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway.

For the General Tso Sauce

  • In a large saucepan, add the sunflower oil, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger root. Sauté over low heat for 4-5 minutes until garlic and ginger begin to brown.
  • Add the liquid aminos, orange juice and zest, and chili crisp oil.
  • In a small bowl dissolve the corn starch in 2 tablespoons of cold water, then add the mix to the sauce, it will thicken, so continue to stir over low heat.
  • Once tofu has finished cooking, toss with the sauce. Top with sesame seeds and green onion, and serve with rice.  Enjoy!

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Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 55mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 109IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg
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