For my vegan friends or fellow takeout lovers who like to enjoy a meatless meal every now and then, I proudly present General Tso’s Tofu.

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After discovering the deliciousness that is General Tso’s Chickpeas, I decided to take another dive into meatless (and healthier!) versions of my takeout favorites.

Despite my worst teenage fears, I have learned that, when cooked properly, tofu can be absolutely delicious.

It’s become one of my favorite proteins both to order out and to cook at home. It’s inexpensive, versatile, freezes like a dream, and is a lifesaver on busy weeknights too.

If you’ve been holding out on trying tofu (or if you tried it in the past and were disappointed), let today’s recipe for General Tso’s tofu be your gateway.

With its sticky-sweet sauce, familiar, addictive takeout taste, and delightful texture, you’ll tiptoe right into tofu bliss in the yummiest of ways. Plus, this recipe is so much better for you, meaning you can feel good about eating it on repeat.

You won’t even miss the takeout version!

A healthy and delicious vegan Asian recipe on a blue plate

5 Star Review

“This was absolutely delicious! Thanks for a great recipe.”

— Vivian —

How to Make General Tso’s Tofu

General Tso’s tofu is made of simple ingredients that you can find in the Asian section of almost any grocery store. So, it’s a snap to make your own healthy stir fry at home.

The sauce is sticky and sweet with just a hint of spice.

It’s incredibly addicting, and you’ll love the rich flavor. While I love the sauce on tofu in this recipe, it’s also tasty with chicken (as in this General Tso Chicken recipe), pork, beef, and vegetables.


The Ingredients

  • Tofu. Forget the soggy, unappealing tofu of your past. The tofu in this recipe is perfectly cooked, flavorful, and certain to please even the most dedicated tofu skeptics.
  • Soy Sauce. For that must-have umami goodness in the marinade.
  • Chili Garlic Sauce. Deliciously garlicky with a hint of spice.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil. Adds wonderful nutty flavor to the marinade.
  • Honey. A modest amount of honey adds natural sweetness to the tofu marinade.
  • Cornstarch. Coating the tofu in cornstarch helps create a tasty, crispy exterior.
  • General Tso’s Sauce. This sauce is SO good with tofu! This General Tso’s tofu is made from a mixture of water (feel free to use vegetable broth if you have some leftover from another recipe), low-sodium soy sauce, hoisin, fresh ginger, chili garlic sauce (red pepper flakes work too), rice vinegar, sesame oil, and cornstarch.

Dietary Note

To make a gluten-free version of this recipe, check each sauce ingredient to make sure it is certified gluten free and serve with certified GF rice.

  • Broccoli + Red Bell Pepper. My go-to veggies for stir fry recipes. They help boost the General Tso’s tofu nutrition content. The sauce deliciously clings to the broccoli, and the red pepper adds a nice crunch.
  • Rice. We love to serve our tofu over a bed of brown rice. You could also serve it with white rice or fried rice. To keep the General Tso’s tofu calories low, serve it with cauliflower rice instead.

The Directions

  1. Prepare tofu through Step 3 according to Crispy Tofu. Pat it dry.
  2. Toss the tofu cubes and marinade ingredients in a bowl, then transfer everything to a large ziptop bag. Shake until coated.
  3. Stir the sauce ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Cook the tofu for 3 to 4 minutes over medium-high heat. Remove it from the pan.
  5. Cook the broccoli and bell pepper. Stir in the green onions.
  6. Stir in the sauce and tofu until thickened. Finish with sesame seeds. DIG IN!
Crispy General Tso's tofu on a blue plate

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate tofu in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Freeze leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Meal Prep Tip

Up to 1 day in advance, prepare the tofu through Step 1. Store it in the refrigerator.

Two blue plates of vegan General Tso's tofu

What to Serve with General Tso’s Tofu

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

The Best Non-Stick Wok

A wok is a fantastic tool to use for stir fries. This one is easy to clean and is safe for oven use too.

General Tso Tofu. A healthy, DELICIOUS version of everyone’s favorite takeout dish. Easy and made with everyday ingredients. Filled with fresh veggies and protein, in the most flavorful General Tso’s sauce. ONE PAN, vegan, and gluten free!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Make Vegan General Tso’s Tofu?

To make this recipe vegan, you should swap the honey for light agave nectar, maple syrup, or brown sugar.

Can I Swap the Tofu for Another Protein?

I think you could use this sauce on any of your favorite proteins. It would be scrumptious over diced chicken (try my Baked Chicken Breast), shrimp, or beef (swap this sauce for the Mongolian sauce in my Healthy Beef and Broccoli).

Can I Make Air Fryer General Tso’s Tofu?

For those with an air fryer, check out my easy Air Fryer Tofu recipe. You can follow the recipe as directed, using the marinade from this recipe instead. It takes about 11 to 14 minutes to air fry tofu, so it’s a few minutes longer than the stovetop method.

General Tso Tofu. A healthy, DELICIOUS version of everyone’s favorite takeout dish. Easy and made with everyday ingredients. Filled with fresh veggies and protein, in the most flavorful General Tso’s sauce. ONE PAN, vegan, and gluten free!

General Tso’s Tofu

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General Tso’s Tofu. A DELICIOUS, healthy version of the popular takeout dish. Easy, filled with protein, and cooks in just one pan!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 45 mins

Servings: 4 servings (6 cups)

Ingredients
  

FOR THE TOFU:

  • 14 ounces extra-firm tofu frozen for at least 3 hours if time allows—see recipe Step 1 for more details
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce gluten free if needed, or substitute tamari
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce Sambal Oelek
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey swap light agave nectar to make vegan
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

FOR THE STIR FRY:

  • 3 tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil divided
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets, fresh or frozen (about 1 small head)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 5 large green onions (or 7 small green onions) white parts (bulbs) removed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 bunch)
  • Prepared brown rice for serving
  • Toasted sesame seeds optional for serving

Instructions
 

  • Prepare tofu through Step 3 according to Crispy Tofu. Once cubed, lightly pat it dry with a paper towel. (Note: If you do not have time to freeze the tofu, you can skip Step 1.) While the tofu cooks, prepare and chop the other ingredients.
  • Place the tofu in a separate medium bowl. Top with the 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil, and honey. Transfer to a large ziptop bag and sprinkle with 5 tablespoons cornstarch. Tightly seal the bag and shake until the tofu is evenly coated in a gummy white layer.
  • In a small bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the sauce ingredients: water, soy sauce, hoisin, ginger, chili-garlic sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, and sesame oil.
  • In a large nonstick skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons canola oil over medium. Once the oil is shiny and hot, using a slotted spoon, add the tofu to the pan a few pieces at a time, discarding any excess cornstarch. Cook the tofu for 3 to 4 minutes, turning often so that it is golden brown on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Increase the heat to medium high. Add the remaining tablespoon canola oil and let heat 30 seconds, then add the broccoli and bell pepper. Cook until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the chopped green onions and continue for 1 to 2 additional minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the sauce and tofu. Stir to coat the tofu in the sauce and continue cooking, stirring often, for 1 to 2 minutes, until the sauce slightly thickens and the ingredients are warmed through. Taste and add additional chili-garlic sauce if desired. Remove from heat and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve hot with prepared rice.

Notes

  • TO MAKE AHEAD: Up to 1 day in advance, prepare the tofu through Step 1. Store it in the refrigerator. 
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate tofu in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Gently rewarm leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4), about 1 1/2 cups (without brown rice)Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 12gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgPotassium: 582mgFiber: 4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1611IUVitamin C: 117mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 3mg

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  1. This sounds so delicious! I think you’ve made me a tofu believer just by reading this. I can’t wait to try. I’ll keep you posted on if I become fully converted lol

  2. Love how you made your version less sweet – there’s always so much sugar at Chinese restaurants! Have you seen that documentary The Search for General Tso? (if not, check it out, it’s a really fun one).

  3. Oh gosh this is such a wonderful recipe. As a teenager, I also loved Chinese takeout! I only had it maybe once a week (I didn’t have much $$) but I loved it so much! And general tso’s chicken was always on the menu of this spot I frequented. I do have to admit, I never order it as an adult, because my tastes have also changed. I find I don’t like the deep fried chicken as much, as the sauce IS very sugary.

    So I love this idea – I cook a lot with tofu, but have never used it frozen before and it seems SO MUCH EASIER. I can’t believe I never thought of it before.

  4. This was absolutely delicious! We are a mixed vegetarian and nonveg family and today I am glad because I will get all the leftovers to myself. Even though the toasted sesame seeds were still on the counter at the end of dinner, it was still great! Thanks for a great recipe.5 stars

  5. I used the recipe for the sauce and used it with beef strips instead of tofu. The sauce is SO delicious. I made it for a friend and she raved too! Thanks for the great recipe.5 stars

    1. Deidre, it’s great to know how well the sauce pairs with other proteins. I am so happy that you and your friend enjoyed it!

  6. Loved the recipe! Though, mine looked nothing like your photo haha. Obviously, a user error on my part. Taste was great though and that’s what matters ?5 stars

  7. I made this last night (used chicken instead of tofu) and it was delicious! My whole family agreed it was our favorite homemade stir fry sauce! Thank you! 5 stars

    1. YAY Gilliane, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review! I’m so happy to hear it was a hit.

  8. I made this tonight and found the directions somewhat complicated, especially the beginning regarding the crispy tofu. Erin, maybe you should have had it one way or the other. The boiling did not go well. I think, maybe a better way to go would be to air fry it. My dish looks kinda bad, but it does taste ok. I was kind of disappointed.

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble with this recipe, Beth. The tofu method has worked well for me (and many other readers), so I wish it would’ve been a hit for you too. I’m happy you were able to enjoy the flavors!

  9. Thanks for a General Tso’s that includes a veg! I used eggplant that wanted cooking, and did half batches of protein: chicken for hubby, tofu for me. We both say YUM!5 stars

    1. Hi Sundus, I’ve only tested this recipe as is but I have several recipes where I use paneer. Here you go: https://www.wellplated.com/?s=paneer

  10. Amazing! Loved the sauce, it had a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and salty flavors and the grated ginger is also a lovely touch. The tofu was great too, but I’m never sure how much marinating it really accomplishes. We didn’t have cornstarch so we used chickpea flour to thicken the sauce and I’m happy to say that it worked really well.5 stars

  11. Delicious flavour! This meal has become a regular.

    Wondering if it would work to make the sauce/ tofu marinade a few days in advance and store in an airtight container?5 stars

    1. Hi Nick! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! While I haven’t tried it, you probably could. I wouldn’t store it more than two days. Hope this helps!

  12. AMAZING. Ive had to search, but I found this again! My husband loves it and it changed his view of tofu! He loves it now!!5 stars