Spicy Orange Tofu

October 24, 2012

Orange tofu! The name sounds kind of weird but it’s a spin off of the famous Orange Chicken that you can get at your local Chinese take-out. Chinese take-out is something I ate a lot growing up so the cravings for it are more frequent than I’d like to admit. Although I can’t get it at most restaurants anymore (they only serve chicken versions), I can make my own! Which is probably for the best because all that MSG makes me soooo sleeepy anyways….zzzzzzz

This recipe is super similar to my General Tao Tofu recipe but with a different sauce. As I’ve mentioned before, I make that General Tao a lot.. so sometimes it’s nice to mix it up and this recipe was the perfect answer to that. It’s a bit sweeter but the srihacha gives a lingering kick to leave you feeling oh so satisfied.

So there it is! Recipe number 2 on this “Tofu Adventure” was a success [although...was this cheating since this method of preparing is already my go-to tofu cooking method? Ah, whatever. Let's count it as a win]. If you’re into tofu like I am, feel free to check out the first part of “Tofu Adventure” where I made some delicious Pesto Tofu Scramble!



Spicy Orange Tofu

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer
  • 4 Tablespoons water
  • 1 pound of extra firm tofu (drained and cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons canola/vegetable oil


  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • dash of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of sriracha (more if you like it spicy!)


  • Rice
  • Steamed broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, for garnish


Start by making the sauce: Whisk together the vinegar, brown sugar, orange juice, ginger, garlic and sriracha. Taste test and add more sriracha is it needs more spice. Set aside.

In another small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer with 3 Tablespoons water. Dip tofu in this mixture until completely coated and then sprinkle 3/4 cup of the cornstarch over the tofu until it’s completely coated.

Next, In a large pan fry the tofu by added them to a medium heated pan with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in it. Flip the tofu after about 2 minutes or until it is browned on all sides. When done, turn heat down to medium-low and pour in the orange glaze. Fold the glaze into the tofu and cook down to desired consistency.

Serve warm over rice and with steamed broccoli. Top with sesame seeds and perhaps find some vegetarian crab rangoon to top it all off!


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  • Reply gwynnem October 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    This looks so delicious. I’m always on the hunt for flavorful tofu dishes. I have a couple over at my blog that you might like, too, particularly the szechuan tofu dish. Spicy with a little sweet. Great post!

    • Reply shellywest October 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Oh! I will definitely be checking them out! Perhaps they can help me on this tofu adventure I am on…

  • Reply Shelley October 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    would you be able to use 1 egg in place of the egg replacer? this looks so so awesome. thanks!

    • Reply shellywest October 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Yes, you could! I have done this many times before when not feeding any vegans. Just add a splash (I’d say 2 teaspoons) of water and whisk together to help thin it out a bit.

      Hope that helps!

  • Reply dockfam October 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I always screw up tofu. gonna try this one!

  • Reply thefoodery October 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I love orange chicken, now I will love orange tofu! :)

  • Reply myhealthyohana October 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    So many amazing tofu dishes! I was going to make your general tao tofu tomorrow night for dinner, but I might have to make this instead :)

  • Reply Gabby @ the veggie nook October 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Oh this is so getting made! I just used up the tofu I had, must buy more!

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  • Reply figsinmybelly October 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Great recipe! I made it for dinner tonight and it was fab! http://figsinmybelly.com/2012/10/29/orange-tofu-with-vegetables-and-rice/

    • Reply shellywest October 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Yay! So glad to hear that you made and loved it!!

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  • Reply lovefoodlovefitnesslovelife October 31, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I can already taste it. I need to go and buy some tofu now so that I can make this for dinner tomorrow! Yum

    • Reply shellywest October 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

      let me know how it comes out for you!

  • Reply The Peace Patch April 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    We whipped this up for unexpected guests…everyone loved it many thanks! :)

    • Reply Shellywest April 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Yay!! Love hearing that!