General Tso’s Tofu

I really like tofu you guys.  It gets such a bad rap.  I think the vast majority of people who don’t like it, probably don’t like it because they have only ever had it prepared one way: cut into cubes or strips and soggily served up in a soup or as a bland chunk inside of something.  That’s no way to treat such a great ingredient.  My favorite way to cook it is crispy.  I have shared my “crispifying” method in the past and I stand by it!  by making it nice and crispy, you can coat it in yummy sauces and it has a great chicken-like texture.  For that method, click here!

Because Chinese takeout types of dishes can get sooooo heavy so quickly, tofu is a great stand-in that allows you to cut calories but still have plenty of protein.  I felt like this recipe from Grumpy’s Honeybunch was a little mild for a General Tso’s so next time I will add more heat, but otherwise it was very yummy!

I served it over Cauliflower Rice from Trader Joe’s to cut the calories down even further!


  • Protein:
  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 3-4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Sauce:
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tbsps Hoisin
  • 3 Tablespoons white vinegar (I used rice vinegar per the suggestion of Mari)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • ½ Cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 6-8 spring green onions, sliced (I went with 4)
  • 3 Tbsps fresh ginger finely chopped (I didn’t measure, I just cut a chunk, peeled and chopped)
  • Hot pepper flakes(optional) (I used the dried whole chilies and broke them into pieces)
  1. Squeeze tofu of excess water by placing between a thickness (I use about 3-4 thick paper towels folded about 3-4 times) of paper towels and sitting a heavy pan on top. Let sit 20-30 minutes.
  2. While waiting for tofu to be squeezed dry, mix together the first 6 ingredients and set aside. (I added my chili peppers to the sauce mix before I sat it aside)
  3. To prepare tofu for frying, slice into ½” slices, then cut each slice into thirds. Coat lightly with cornstarch and fry in a shallow frying pan with olive oil until browned and crispy. Remove from frying pan and set aside.
  4. Wipe pan clean with paper towel and add sesame oil with onions and chopped ginger. Fry about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add sauce mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer about 2 minutes. Add tofu back to mixture, toss to coat. Serve garnished with green onion tops chopped.

One thought on “General Tso’s Tofu

  1. 🙂 thanks for the mention! I agree, I make mine milder because Grumpy can’t handle the heat 😉 However, this is a recipe he will request I make also. I agree, if someone doesn’t like tofu, they haven’t eaten it the right way!


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