General Tso’s Tofu

Submitted at VSoT Monthly Potluck
This General Tso's Tofu recipe will have you adding to your favorites list in no time. Add a healthy serving of Basmati rice and steamed broccoli and your meal is complete.
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 2


  • 1 Large nonstick skillet
  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 Small saucepan with lid


  • 1 oz Fresh ginger, peeled and minced I add a couple larger slices to the cooking rice.
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp Tamari
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Turbinado Sugar
  • 2 Dried Chiles, ground
  • 10 oz Organic Extra Firm Tofu, patted dry and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds  I like to mix Black and White.
  • 2 Scallions, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 oz Broccoli
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice


1. Start the Rice

  • Add 1 1/2 cup water, rice, a pinch of salt, and the sliced ginger if you want ginger flavored rice to a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until water is absorbed and rice is tender, approx 16 minutes.

2. Prepare the sauce

  • Add ginger, garlic, tamari, turbinado sugar, and rice vinegar to a medium bowl. Whisk the sauce to combine.

3. Cook the Tofu

  • Add tofu, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a large bowl and toss to coat the tofu.
  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. (I always use medium heat, it tends to take a little longer but I can control the crispiness better)
  • Add coated tofu to the skillet and cook, tossing occasionally, until crispy and browned in places, 5 to 8 minutes. (when you add the sauce it will take some of the crispiness away so you want it nice and crispy on all sides.)
  • When Tofu is nice and crispy add in the scallions and cook 1-2 minutes.

4. Add the Sauce

  • Reduce heat to low, add the sauce, and toss. Cook until sauce thickens, about 30 seconds.

5. Steam the Broccoli

  • Add broccoli florets to the large pot of boiling water and cook until florets are tender and bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and add a pinch of salt and pepper.

6. Plate & Serve

  • Divide the (ginger flavored) rice and broccoli between large plates and top with General Tso’s tofu. Sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds.
  • Dig In & Enjoy!!!!!