Easy Crispy Orange Tofu | Plant-Based Orange Chicken

February 9, 2022


We love orange chicken but we also love tofu so here’s a plant-based version of the classic orange chicken take-out, Orange Tofu! Quickly made and with only a handful of ingredients, you’ll love this crispy tofu coated in a delicious orange sauce.

This is the perfect weeknight meal since it doesn’t take long to put together. I love using tofu for last minute meals since it doesn’t require me to have been prepared by thawing ahead of time. There’s always a block or two in the fridge ready to go!

Close up of orange tofu over rice with green onions and sesame seeds.

Something to keep in mind about this recipe, I use one block of tofu which serves two for us. The sauce is enough if you choose to fry up two blocks of tofu for if you want to cook up four servings!

Saucy orange tofu over top of rice with a fork.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • This orange tofu is super easy to make. You simply press the tofu (if you’re in a rush, you can skip this step), cube it, coat it in cornstarch, and pan fry it while simmering the sauce to coat it with. Easy!
  • This is a quick recipe. I usually press my tofu while I’m preparing other things in the kitchen and then pan frying the tofu takes 15 to 20 minutes.
  • It’s an easy and tasty plant-based recipe that is perfect if you’re trying to cut down on meat.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients for orange tofu.
  • extra firm tofu — you can see my process on how to press tofu without a tofu press.
  • cornstarch — this will give the tofu the crispy exterior.
  • olive oil — or your oil of choice.
  • orange juice — make sure to use no pulp orange juice!
  • brown sugar — light or dark brown sugar is fine.
  • rice vinegar
  • soy sauce — use low sodium soy sauce.
  • oyster sauce — not sure what oyster sauce is? Check out this guide to oyster sauce I wrote! To keep this vegan, use vegetarian oyster sauce (Vegetarian Stir-Fry Sauce (Oyster Flavored Sauce).
  • minced garlic — I like to use freshly minced garlic. I always have garlic frozen which is why the photo up above have the garlic as a square piece. Here’s how to freeze garlic.

How to Make Orange Tofu

Tofu covered in cornstarch.
  • Press the tofu and then cut the tofu block into bite sized cubes.
  • Coat the tofu with cornstarch.





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