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Vegan General Tso's Tofu Recipe

In the mood for some Chinese delicacy? But couldn’t find a vegan Chinese recipe that’s easy to follow? We’ve got you covered. This vegan general tso tofu is all you need to satisfy your cravings while not overloading on calories.

As the name suggests, the recipe has tofu as its main star. The dish adds a generous amount of protein to your daily intake while being yummy at the same time. The vegan sauces takes the credit for making the recipe mouth-watering.

Don’t worry; it's completely vegan, and the ingredients will be readily available in your kitchen. The ingredient list is long, but don’t get scared. The recipe is simple to follow, and we have given alternatives for almost all ingredients. 

So without much ado, let’s get to know this vegan Chinese recipe in detail:

What Does the General Tso Vegan Tofu Taste Like?

Let’s be honest, tofu is no chicken, so this vegan General Tso tofu recipe is not going to taste like the General Tso chicken recipe exactly. But the sauce is the same and also vegan. Plus, the deep-fried tofu has almost the same crunchiness as chicken, and it quickly absorbs the sauce. Making every bite delectable.

The tofu is marinated in a sweet n spicy sauce and coated with even more sauce. Thus, the recipe is a bit messy but is a perfect side dish for rice.

Further, you can tone down the sweetness by cutting down the maple syrup quantity. This depends on your spice tolerance level. You are all welcome to try out some spicy sauce if that’s how you would like to enjoy your Chinese dishes.

The recipe's taste also depends on the type of tofu you use. It's best to use firm tofu for this recipe. This ensures the tofu isn’t too delicate that it falls apart every time you toss it in the sauce. If firm tofu isn’t available, you can go for extra firm tofu as well. Now, if you are going for extra firm tofu, make sure you marinate it for ten minutes extra and cut it into small cubes so that every piece has enough sauce coated.

Another taste determining factor in this tofu is the vinegar. Some would prefer the acidic taste it imparts. Others don’t. So start by adding a teaspoon, see if it suits your taste buds, and keep increasing if you need that acidic kick.

How to Serve the Vegan General Tso's Tofu?

You can eat General Tso's tofu as it is. It's that delicious, and the sauce makes you want to take a bite more even if you think you are done. You can also serve it alongside rice or use it in salad bowls.

Further, it would go really well in wraps and sandwiches. The best part is that you can store the recipe for another two days. So whenever you want a quick lunch option, take two slices of bread, use your favorite spread and fill it with this delicious tofu.

Cook Time

The cooking process takes around an hour tops, making it an excellent option for last-minute family dinners. It looks like you have put in a lot of effort, but actually, the recipe is simple and easy to whip up.

    Vegan General Tso's Tofu Recipe

    • Category: Dinner
    • Prep Time: 60 minutes
    • Servings: 2

    Here’s what you need:

    Main Ingredients
    • 12 ounces of firm tofu
    • 6 tablespoons of tamari (or soy sauce)
    • 3 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil
    • ¼ cup of maple syrup
    • 6 to 7 tablespoons of cornstarch
    • 2 tablespoons of neutral oil (such as grapeseed or avocado)
    • 1 red pepper finely sliced
    • Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
    • 4 cups of cooked white or brown rice
    • 1 serving of steamed broccoli (optional)
    • 2 large cloves garlic, minced (2 cloves yield ~1 heaping Tbsp)
    • 1 tablespoon of ginger, minced
    • 2 large cloves garlic, minced (2 cloves yield ~1 heaping Tbsp)
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or sub white vinegar)
    • 1 tablespoon of water


    • In a bowl, add the minced garlic, sesame oil, cornstarch, tamari or soy sauce, minced ginger, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and required water. Mix it well to make the sauce for stir-frying the tofu.
    • Heat a skillet over a medium flame.
    • Cut the firm or extra-firm tofu into small bite-sized cubes.
    • Mix chili garlic sauce, tamari or soy sauce, sesame oil, and maple syrup in a separate bowl. Add in the tofu pieces and sprinkle cornstarch as needed.
    • The tofu should now look like it's coated in a white gummy layer of cornstarch.
    • When the skillet is hot, add some vegan oil and let it get warmed up.

    • Now toss in the coated tofu and let it brown on all sides. The tofu should get crispy with golden brown color on all sides.
    • Remove the tofu from the pan.
    • Now add some sesame oil to the pan and turn up the flame to high mode. When the oil is piping hot, add the stir-frying sauce, followed by the tofu cubes. Coat the tofu well with the sauce. Add whatever vegetables you want and cook them together until the sauce thickens.
    • Transfer it to a plate and serve alongside cooked rice and stir-fried vegetables.

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    • Nutrition Details

      Each serving of this delicious Chinese General Tso’s tofu recipe has around 578 calories and contributes nearly 20 grams of protein. The recipe would easily make 2 servings.

      • Total Fat - 29.1g
      • Saturated Fat - 4.6g
      • Cholesterol - 0mg
      • Sodium - 3115mg
      • Total Carbohydrate - 61.0g
      • Dietary Fibres - 3.5g
      • Total Sugars - 28.5g
      • Protein - 20.8g
      around 578 calories

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