Crispy Orange Tofu

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Chinese take-out is delicious. But it’s also terrible for your health. High sodium, high fat, and usually not vegan. This recipe is a healthy take on take-out and is easy to make!

In addition to being delicious, this recipe is…

Low fat

Low sodium



Breading and baking the tofu makes it crispy without frying it in oil and the sauce can be thickened with arrowroot starch or tapioca starch instead of flour or corn starch.

You can make this recipe gluten free by using chickpea flour and gluten-free Panko in the breading ingredients.

Serve over rice or noodles with some veggies for a satisfying meal!

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Vegan Crispy Orange Tofu Recipe

  • Total Time45 min
  • Yield4 servings


For the Orange Sauce

  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 1/2 inch ginger root, grated
  • 1 TBSP sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Sriracha (optional)
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tsp orange zest
  • 3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 TBSP arrowroot or tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

First Breading Layer

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water

Second Breading Layer

  • 1 cup Panko
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 TBSP sesame seeds


  • 1 block (16 oz.) extra firm tofu


  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion



Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare the sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a bowl, except the arrowroot starch and water. Transfer to a pot and heat until hot, but not boiling. Dissolve the starch in the water and slowly mix into the hot sauce. Continue to stir occasionally until the sauce becomes thick (about 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat, and set aside.


Prepare the breading mixtures in two separate containers: Mix the flour and water in one container. Whisk the Panko, onion powder, garlic powder, and sesame seeds in another container.


Chop the tofu into 1-inch cubes. Mix the tofu with the first breading layer. Then mix the tofu with the second breading layer. Spread the breaded tofu cubes over a lined baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes.


Coat the tofu with the orange sauce and enjoy over rice or noodles!

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