Meatless Monday just got a whole lot better with this plant-based orange tofu! Crispy, baked tofu nuggets tossed in a sweet citrus orange sauce and served over rice with steamed vegetables. It’s the perfect vegan take-out style dinner.
Tofu is one of my favorite plant-based proteins because of its versatility. It can be prepared in endless amounts of ways, and pretty much takes on any flavor you give it!
Orange tofu is an easy weeknight meal that can be paired with your favorite rice and side of veggies. It’s packed with delicious sweet citrus flavor, and honestly tastes like take out!
How to make crispy tofu
I wanted to give the tofu a more realistic look, like the classic orange chicken. Instead of evenly slicing the tofu into cubes, I broke it apart with my hands into large chunks and baked it until crispy.
Before breaking apart the tofu, let it sit in paper towels or a thin dish rag for 10 minutes to release some of the liquid. Then break it up into chunks, and season it with garlic powder, salt and tapioca flour before baking.
The tapioca flour truly gives it that perfect crunchy exterior, so don’t skip it!
Homemade Orange Sauce
You’ll need just a few simple ingredients to make the delicious orange sauce. It pairs so well with the tofu, but can also be made and served with your choice of protein.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- orange juice- you can squeeze your own orange juice, or use the bottled kind like I did
- coconut aminos, or low-sodium soy sauce
- coconut sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
- rice vinegar
- orange zest
- tapioca flour (or substitute cornstarch, or arrowroot flour)
- red pepper flakes
Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients, then cook it in a skillet until it thickens. Toss in in the baked tofu once its ready, and mix it into the sauce until its evenly coated.
This simple and delicious orange tofu is easy to make, so delicious, and is the perfect weeknight meal when you’re craving comfort food.
I can’t wait for you guys to try it!