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Sweet & Sour Tofu

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Who needs takeout when you can easily whip up recipes like this at home?

All hail SWEET & SOUR TOFU.

We’ve combined two of our favorite and most popular recipes (Easy Crispy Tofu and Sweet & Sour Cauliflower) to bring you this easy, and flavorful dish that your whole family will love.

We tweaked both recipes slightly to create the perfect ratio of tofu to sauce and let us tell you, this recipe does not disappoint (it may even change the mind of a tofu-hater)! Plus, you probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your pantry. And if you don’t, no worries, we’ve linked our favorites for you below.

For the sweet & sour sauce, all you need is the following simple ingredients:

Agave or maple syrup (we like this kind)

Soy sauce (here’s our favorite kind)

Rice vinegar (this is the kind we use)

Sesame oil

Garlic

Ginger

Chili garlic sauce (optional)

Cornstarch + water

And for the tofu, you only need THREE ingredients (tofu, cornstarch, and oil)– that’s it! Sounds easy enough, right? Yep!

We make this tofu recipe all the time because not only is it easy to make, it makes the crispiest tofu EVER.

Combined with a sticky, flavorful, sweet & sour sauce, this tofu is heaven. Plus, you can use this sauce on anything you like, so get creative and get cooking! If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave us a review down below and tag us on Instagram!

If you like this recipe, check out some of our other tofu recipes:

BBQ Tofu Bowls

Creamy Thai Peanut Tofu with Veggies

Baked Crispy Tofu Sammy

Crispy Tofu Parm Sandwich

Classic Tofu Scramble

Sweet & Sour Tofu

Calling all tofu haters– this one's for you! This recipe is full of flavor, easy to make, and the perfect addition to your next meal.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the tofu

  • 1 (16 oz) block firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup oil of choice we like olive or canola

For the sauce

  • 1/3 cup agave or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger minced
  • 1-2 tsp chili garlic sauce optional, use 2 tsp for more spice
  • 2 tsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds for topping
  • 1 green onion chopped, for topping

Instructions
 

Make the crispy tofu:

  • Drain and press the tofu for at least 30 minutes (follow our instructions for how to do this here).
  • Cut the tofu into small cubes.
  • Place the cornstarch in a mixing bowl.
  • Place the tofu pieces into the mixing bowl and shake around so that all the pieces are covered in cornstarch (alternatively you can coat each piece separately).
  • Heat the oil on a non-stick large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Place all of the tofu into the pan.
  • Allow the tofu pieces to get crispy on the bottom side, then flip them around and allow them to crisp on every side.
  • Remove the tofu from the pan and place on a plate or in a bowl. Rinse the pan and begin making the sauce.

Make the sauce:

  • In the saucepan over medium heat, combine the soy sauce with the maple syrup and whisk.
  • Add rice vinegar and sesame oil to the mixture and mix.
  • Next, add the chopped garlic, ginger and chili garlic sauce (if using). Mix.
  • In a separate, small bowl, combine the 2 tsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water. Mix this until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  • Add the cornstarch/water mixture to the saucepan and mix again.
  • Turn up the heat to medium-high and let the sauce cook until it becomes thick and sticky, continuously stirring while it cooks. Once it has thickened, turn the heat to low.

Combine and serve:

  • Add the crispy tofu to the pan and mix until the tofu is completely coated.
  • Serve as is or over cooked rice. Top with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!
Keyword asian, crispy, delicious, dinner, plantbased, tofu, vegan
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    • Thank you!
    • April 1, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    Another delicious recipe!! Made it with my two non-vegan sisters. They didn’t like tofu and now we’re all hooked! A little note though.. the ginger isn’t included in the ingredients list. We chopped up half an inch and added it to the sauce together with the garlic. No regrets.

      • Six Vegan Sisters
      • April 2, 2020
      Reply

      YAY! Thank you for sharing — we are so happy you and your sisters loved this recipe (it’s a FAVE of ours)! Ahh, sorry about the ginger and thank you for letting us know, we’ve edited the recipe to include it (you guys guessed perfectly on the amount)!! 🙂

    • LOVED THEM!
    • April 10, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    Made them for dinner for the whole family and everyone loved them! They lived up to their title of sweet, sour, and crispy tofu! This was great during quarantine because we were all craving Chinese food-score! A tip for anyone that doesn’t want to make the tofu in 1/4 cup of oil, but still wants to try the recipe is to use 2tbsp of oil and leave them on for longer on the pan. They come out just as good.

    • AMAZING!
    • April 21, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    This was one of the easiest and most delicious dishes I’ve ever made. I added steamed broccoli instead of rice, and it was great! Thank you so much!

    • Connie
    • April 27, 2020
    Reply

    Loved this recipe! And so did my non-vegan husband. I just learned about your blog and this is the first recipe I’ve tried. I’ll be trying many more! So much better than ordering Chinese food and easy and quick enough to make, even the first time. Thanks for sharing so many great recipes!

      • Six Vegan Sisters
      • April 28, 2020
      Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing, Connie! So glad you found us – we can’t wait for you to try even more recipes!

    • chloé
    • April 28, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    It was really easy to make and that’s a coming from an untalented 14 year old so you can trust me haha. The whole family loved it thank you so much!

      • Six Vegan Sisters
      • April 28, 2020
      Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing! Aren’t easy recipes just the best?

    • Adele
    • May 30, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    I noticed I had all the ingredients to make this so I thought I would give it a whirl! My dad and I ate it ALL. The crispy tofu came out perfect and the sauce was delicious! I’m definitely adding this to my recipe list to make again in the future!

      • Six Vegan Sisters
      • May 31, 2020
      Reply

      We love that!! Thanks so much for leaving a comment. So glad you tried it!

    • Cindy
    • June 9, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    Kids approved and loved it!

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