Orange Ginger Tofu

2012-06-09
Orange Ginger Tofu | Plant-Based on a Budget | #tofu #orange #ginger #vegan #protein #plantbasedonabudget
  • Yield : 4
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 40m
  • Cook Time : 45m
  • Ready In : 1:25 h

From the author: When I came home from work yesterday, I was so hungry. All I had was some brown rice, a head of broccoli, some green onion, and only 4 bucks in my pocket. So, I walked to the corner store and purchased some cilantro, a little ginger, and 3 oranges, and I’m happy to say that I still had 2 bucks to spare!

Here’s what I came up with…

Don’t be fooled by the medium difficulty level. It’s actually just a lot of waiting. And patience requires a medium level skill for me! Otherwise, this recipe is a piece of cake and tastes super good to boot.

From Plant-Based on a Budget: This Orange Ginger Tofu is so tasty and delicious, you’ll want to serve it to your friends at your next dinner party. It’s sweet and salty, filling and packed with plant-based protein. Let’s check what we need to prepare it!

To make this recipe you’ll need extra firm tofu, orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, green onion, and cilantro. With these incredible ingredients, it’s easy to see where this dish gets its intense flavors.

How To Cut The Tofu?

You can cut or slice the tofu in many different ways. You can cut into squares, strips or you can even crumble it for your morning tofu scramble. This particular recipe calls for slicing your tofu into triangles which makes it slightly more fancy and perfect for a more formal occasion. But how to achieve those perfect thick triangle shapes?

First, turn the tofu onto its side lengthwise and cut it into slices. Then, cut those slices into 2 triangles. This should yield between 8-16 triangles. And voila, you have your tofu ready to absorb all those amazing flavors!

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) package of extra firm tofu
  • 1 cup of fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

Method

Step 1

Turn the tofu onto its side lengthwise and cut it into slices. Then, cut those slices into 2 triangles. This should yield between 8-16 triangles.

Step 2

Combine the orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, oils, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and whisk.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Lay the tofu in a glass baking dish in a single layer and pour the marinade over until tofu is completely submerged. Evenly sprinkle the green onion and cilantro on top of the tofu. Allow the marinade to sit for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight if you have the patience that I do not possess.

Step 4

Pour out a portion of the marinade so that the tofu is only about halfway submerged. Put it in the oven for about 40 to 45 minutes, until the tofu is golden and most of the marinade has been absorbed.

Orange Ginger Tofu | Plant-Based on a Budget | #tofu #orange #ginger #vegan #protein #plantbasedonabudget

Jake switched to a plant based diet in 1996 and quickly realized he had no idea how to cook. All these years later and he's still trying to figure it out...

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