General Tso’s Tofu


General Tso’s Tofu

Recipe by Summit Natural Health CentreCourse: MainDifficulty: Difficult


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  • 1 16 oz. pkg. firm tofu, drained

  • 2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar

  • 1 tsp. mirin (rice wine)

  • 1 tsp. grapeseed oil (or extra virgin olive oil)

  • ½ tsp. minced garlic

  • ½ tsp. grated fresh ginger

  • 1 tbsp. arrowroot powder (or corn-starch)

  • 2 cups steamed broccoli, cut into florets

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice

  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 2 tbsp. honey

  • 1 ½ tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

  • 4 tsp. mirin (rice wine)

  • 2 tsp. sesame oil

  • 2 tsp. arrowroot powder (or corn-starch)

  • 1 ½ tsp. tomato paste

  • ½ tsp. sambal oelek chile paste, op-tional

  • 2 tsp. grapeseed oil (or extra virgin olive oil)

  • 4 green onions, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ½ tsp. grated fresh ginger


  • To make Crispy Tofu: Cut tofu block into two broad slabs. Wrap tofu slabs in paper towels, and place between two cutting boards. Weight top cutting board with soup cans, and press 30 minutes. Unwrap tofu, and cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • Combine soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, oil, garlic, and ginger in resealable container. Add tofu, and toss to coat. Marinate 30 minutes, or overnight. (Tofu should absorb all liquid.)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F, and coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Sift cornstarch over tofu, and turn to coat evenly. Spread tofu on baking sheet. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until firm and crispy, turning several times to brown all sides.
  • Meanwhile, prepare brown rice based on package direction to yield 2 cups. Steam 2 cups of broccoli.
  • To make Sauce: Whisk together broth, sugar, soy sauce, mirin, vinegar, sesame oil, cornstarch, tomato paste, and sambal oelek (if using) in small bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green onions, garlic, and ginger, and stir-fry 1 minute. Add broth mixture, and cook 1 minute, or until thickened. Stir in Tofu. Serve with steamed broccoli and rice.