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General Tso Tofu

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The Chinese-American Take-Out Classic but at Home! Crispy Fried Tofu slathered in a Sweet & Spicy Sticky Sauce is a winner!

I can’t remember the last time I had General Tso Tofu, but I do remember always feeling just a little heavy after eating it. I mean it’s fried chicken in a super decadent sauce, so that’s not a huge shocker. But what I love about cooking the vegan versions of these kinds of dishes is I find that I never have that heavy feeling afterwards. I mean, I get the same taste explosion, but physically I just feel so much better!

Of course we are lightly frying this tofu as opposed to straight up deep frying. You could even air fry or bake this I’m sure, though I didn’t test that out. But the cornstarch coating is gonna give our tofu a nice crispy exterior, that will stay crunchy even after we douse it in that sweet, sweet sauce. Speaking of that cornstarch mixture, make sure to add the nutritional yeast to it, as I feel like it not only adds some nice flavor, but helps it get extra crispy too!

The sauce is pretty straight forward, and the cornstarch is a key player as well, it’s what’s gonna make it go from watery to a nice thick glaze once it’s heated through. Serve this over rice, noodles, with veggies, or just eat it with your hands like grapes, whatever you like!



  • Super Firm Tofu– I highly suggest getting the super firm tofu that’s vacuum sealed if you can. If not, extra firm will work too, you’ll just have to press it. Which you can do while you prepare everything else.
  • Cornstarch Dredge – Like I said, the cornstarch dredge is super important! This is what’s gonna give our tofu a nice crunchy exterior!
  • Sweet and Spicy Sauce – This sauce is pretty simple, made with soy and hoisin sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and other pantry staples! Make it spicy by adding some sambal or anything else you like.


I would honestly say you should store the sauce and the fried tofu separately if you plan on doing leftovers, as the sauce will cause it to get soggy in the fridge. But either way, pan frying it is the way to go, try to avoid the microwave!

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General Tso Tofu

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General Tso Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp neutral oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sambal for spice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Cornstarch Dredge

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • To make the sauce, simply combine everything in a bowl and set aside.
  • Make the cornstarch dredge by whisking everything together in a shallow bowl or plate. I like to use a quarter sheet baking pan for it.
  • Cube your tofu into 1/2" cubes.
  • Dredge the tofu cubes in cornstarch mixture, coating each one thoroughly.
  • Heat up the frying oil in a large skillet to 350 F / 175 C. Carefully add the tofu cubes to the pan, you may need to do it in batches, make sure you don't crowd the pan.
  • Fry the tofu for about 2-3 minutes, then flip and fry for another 2-3 minutes or until the tofu is golden brown and crunchy. If frying in batches, let the tofu rest on a wire rack.
  • Once all tofu is fried, carefully add the oil to a metal bowl, and save the oil! Don't throw it out. You can reuse it a few more times!
  • Over medium heat, add the tofu back to the pan, and add the sauce. Coat the tofu thoroughly in the sauce, and stir over medium heat until it's a thick glaze, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve over rice, noodles or with veggies and enjoy!
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  1. Not even done eating this but feel inclined to say that this is already one of the best tofu dishes I’ve ever made. So good! Thank you!

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