Crispy Orange Tofu

Enjoy a bowl of this delicious Crispy Orange Tofu with Sticky Orange Sauce rather than calling out for takeout. Cubes of crispy, battered tofu is served in a sweet, sour glaze with savory sweet orange flavor. Imagine this Chinese take-out classic, sauce and all, made in your very own kitchen.

A white plate with brown rice topped with orange crispy tofu. Chopsticks sit in the front and a bowl of orange sauce in the back with a slice of orange.

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.

See the trend? They’re all sweet.

But Crispy Orange Tofu? I dunno.

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.

A white bowl sits on a white table with creamy sauce in the middle and a blue spatula.

A white bowl sits on a white table with tofu cubes sitting in a sauce to create a coating for the tofu before frying.

A white bowl on a white table with brown sauce and a tablespoon waiting to stir it.

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.

Most of the time I would recommend marinading tofu because it needs to bathe in something flavorful for awhile in order to be presentable. Sort of like us, right?

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!

A close-up shot of a white plate with brown rice topped with crispy orange tofu, drizzled in sweet orange sauce and topped with chopped green onions and black sesame seeds.

 

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. Call me a control freak (but not to my face, please), but I like to know exactly what’s in what I’m eating. And sometimes I don’t feel so great after eating Chinese takeout. It makes me wonder exactly what I just ate. Do you get me? I thought so.

So, why not just make your own? Throw on a pot of brown rice, chop up the tofu and go to town. Of course, I like to put on some good music so I can get down in the kitchen. I call it my pre-calorie burning period. I’m burning off calories in anticipation of the tasty meal that I’m making. Yum!

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!

A white plate holds brown rice covered with crispy orange tofu. Chopsticks sit on the side with green onions.

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Crispy Orange Tofu sits in a white plate with chopsticks nearby and green onion at the top.

Crispy Orange Tofu

Enjoy this easy and delicious Crispy Orange Tofu with Sticky Orange Sauce rather than calling out for takeout. You'll enjoy the food and how you feel too!
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 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 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

Instructions

  • Chop the tofu into small 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 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. Place the second batch of tofu cubes into the batter.
  • Back to the skillet, 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 nice and thick.
  • 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 nice and thick. 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!

Notes

Note: You don't have to make the Orange Sauce, but it's nice to have this to drizzle over the rice.

Enjoy!

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