Thursday 21 May 2020

Sticky Orange Tofu | Easy Vegan Recipe

You've probably heard it said that if you don't like tofu then it's because you don't know how to cook it or haven't tried it cooked properly.

Welcome to the recipe post that's sure to turn any tofu hatred into an epic love saga.

I was inspired to try this after seeing a post by @southernveganeats on Instagram. Hers was more of a dry rub of spices + orange. My take on it goes the gooey, sticky, finger-licking route.

The ingredients are so simple, you won't believe it.

Although I used an air fryer to crisp up my tofu, by all means go ahead and use your oven if you don't have one. Air fryers are a cool kitchen gadget to have if you have the extra counter space and want to save a tad bit more cooking time.

If you like this recipe, you'll also enjoy:
Sauced tofu and plantain
Chickpea and vegan sausage curry
Pineapple and peanut stir-fry
Golden papaya salad

I served mine with a side of sticky rice and home-grown kale. Other suggested ways to serve: tossed with noodles or thrown into a salad. Whichever way, the tofu will be the star - guaranteed.

(serves 4)
- 1 large block of extra firm tofu (about 400g), diced into bite-size cubes
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1-2 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
- juice from 4-5 large oranges
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 vegetable stock cube

Air-fry or oven bake the diced tofu for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius until crispy.

In a large frying pan, add the oil and sauté the chopped onion, garlic and ginger for two minutes until they soften. Add the fresh orange juice. Season with cayenne pepper and dissolve the stock cube in the juice. Cook on medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes until the sauce has reduced, thickened and looks syrupy.

Toss the crispy tofu in the orange sauce.

Serve with a side of your choice. Enjoy!

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