Enjoy a bowl of this delicious Crispy Orange Tofu with Sticky Orange Sauce rather than calling out for takeout. This recipe delivers the best crispy, battered tofu is served in a sweet, sour orange sauce. It’s an easy tofu recipe that you can fry in a skillet or even bake. Imagine this Chinese take-out classic, sauce and all, made in your very own kitchen. It’s the best way to go!
There are a few words you can combine together that sound pretty amazing. I think crispy and orange are great examples. But, here’s the question. Is this a case where two’s company and three’s a crowd? Because some of you might be thinking the last word in Crispy Orange Tofu, spoils the fun.
You’ll just have to trust me when I say, it’s perfect! If you haven’t tried tofu before, this would be a great first recipe, because it’s easy, orangey, crispy, and pretty darn tasty too! If you want to make this even healthier, consider serving it with some super easy Cauliflower Rice.
Who would have thought that orange would taste so good in a savory dish. I mean, orange is meant for orange juice. Or orange juiliases or orange cake.
But sweet and savory flavors have been coupled together since humans first discovered they had taste buds. OK. I don’t actually know that for a fact, because I wasn’t there, but we do know for sure that savory and sweet has been around for quite awhile.
How to Make Crispy Orange Tofu
It might look like too many steps involved to take on a recipe like this, but I promise you, it’s pretty easy. You simply chop the tofu into cubes, dip them in the batter, lightly sauté/fry them in a skillet, pour on the orange sauce, and serve it over rice.
First, you’ll want to make the batter. This is what you’ll be dipping the pressed and cubed tofu in. Combine ground flax seeds, water, cornstarch, and flour.
Dip the tofu in this batter. This is what creates a crispy crust on the tofu. It’s a gluten-free mixture and since tofu is gluten-free as well, this is a great option for folks looking for vegan gluten free recipes!
Fry the battered tofu in a skillet. Unless you have a large frying pan, it’s best to do this step in batches.
Then return everything to the skillet and add this orange sauce. Cook it for up to a minute or two to let the sauce thicken. The combination of crispy and sticky in this recipe is pretty irresistible.
Most of the time I would recommend marinading tofu because it needs to bathe in something flavorful for awhile in order to be presentable.
But the sauce with this recipe more than serves its purpose in providing flavor and texture to the crispy tofu. Somehow it all works. If you’re curious about which tofu to buy, I recommend checking out my tofu buying guide. For this recipe I recommend an extra firm tofu. The firmer the better!
Is Tofu Gluten Free?
Tofu is made from soybeans, which means it is gluten free. In fact, everything in this recipe is gluten-free, including the “soy sauce.”
Because soy sauce is made from wheat, I use Tamari instead, which is basically a gluten free soy sauce.
What You’ll Love About This Crispy Orange Tofu
Well, it’s crispy. That’s pretty nice for a Friday night, or whatever night you find yourself on. OK. Let me get to the point. Calling in for takeout is always a temptation, but it doesn’t really have to be. I like to know exactly what’s in the food I’m eating. And sometimes I don’t feel so great after eating Chinese takeout. It makes me wonder exactly what I just ate.
So, why not just make your own? This easy tofu recipe is similar to any stir fry. Just throw on a pot of brown rice, chop up the tofu and go to town.
Oranges are loaded with Vitamin C so you know you want that in your life. The tofu has lots of protein and we all know how important that is!
Also, this recipe is crispy (did I say that already), sweet, savory, filling, and nutritious, all at the same time!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Crispy Orange Tofu
- 14 oz package extra firm tofu drained and pressed dry
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds ground
- ½ cup water
- 1/3 cup corn starch
- 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
- 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil toasted is best
Orange Tofu Coating
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup or honey
Sticky Orange Sauce
- Juice of one orange
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup or honey
- 2-3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
- Press the tofu and then chop it into 1/2-inch cubes.
- In a small bowl combine the flax, water, corn starch, and GF flour. Stir until combined. Add the tofu (in batches works best) and thoroughly coat each piece.
- Place a skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Place 2-3 sheets of paper towels on a plate on the counter near your skillet.
- Use tongs to place half of the batter-coated tofu in the heated oil, being careful not to burn yourself. Allow space between each piece for all the sides to get browned. Cook the tofu on each side until browned. Place finished pieces of tofu on the paper towels to drain any excess oil.
- Add a little more oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining tofu.
- In a small bowl combine the Orange Coating ingredients and give them a quick stir.
- When all the tofu is cooked, return it all back to the pan and add the Orange Coating and cook over medium heat until thickened.
- Prepare the Sticky Orange Sauce by combining all the ingredients in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Stir to combine. Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments until thickened. It shouldn’t take very long. If it gets too thick, add a little hot water and stir to incorporate.
- Serve the tofu over brown rice with additional chopped green onions, Sticky Orange Sauce, and sesame seeds. A side of steamed broccoli goes nicely with this dish too!