Last week I made this orange sauce on a whim. I bought a pork shoulder steak last week from Mariano’s – on sale for $1.99 a pound – score! I was on the train home and was trying to thinking of something different to do with the pork and thought “what about an Asian sauce?”
Hannah and I love the Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken that comes frozen in a bag. As I am typing this I was about to say that the Trader Joe’s is in a direction that I never go in, but realize Hannah drives by there every day on her way to and from work! I’ll have to have her pick some up.
Anywho, I made this orange sauce in literally two minutes, took one lick, and didn’t need to change a damn thing. Love when it turns out as I thought or in this case, even better!
After I made the orange pork dish, I couldn’t get the idea of doing an orange tofu dish. You do have to plan a bit ahead on this – the tofu has to be pressed to get all the liquid out. I literally took it out this morning before my WW meeting at around 8 a.m., and made this dish in less than 15 minutes at 3:30 in the afternoon.
I used half a block of tofu for this dish – which was 6 ounces. To cut into cubes, slice in half sideways, then cut into cubes.
There is a restaurant near my office called Imperial Lamian and they make the most amazing salt and pepper tofu. The last time I went to get some on one of my solo walks, they told me they didn’t have it on the menu at the moment. WTF? So that was the idea for the base of this recipe – just toss the tofu in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with salt and pepper, then a quick pan fry in coconut oil and avocado oil spray.
The pan fry took about 10 minutes over medium low heat – I did in two batches so as not to crowd the pan. I tossed it around so that it got crispy on all sides. This won’t have a golden color, and that’s fine – you will feel when it’s crispy and the sound is crispy. You don’t want to overcook – the outside will be crispy but the inside is so creamy. #swoon
While the tofu cooks, mix the orange sauce together, and cook in a skillet or pot in my case because I was too lazy to go in the basement and get a different pan, and cook for two minutes. Then add all the cooked tofu to the skillet and pour the prepared sauce over top.
The whole sauce recipe is only 1 point. I literally am trying to think of all the ways I could use it. It would be great even for a dipping sauce for egg rolls!
I served mine over steamed green beans that I seared in a cast iron skillet. This is perfect on a weeknight dinner when you are low on time. Just press the tofu and keep it in your fridge, and mix the orange sauce and keep it in a mason jar in the fridge until you are ready to make dinner.
The Best Orange Tofu
If you love orange chicken, you will love this orange tofu. Even if you don’t like tofu, promise you will love this recipe!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 15
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- Category: dinner
- Method: pan fry
- Cuisine: Asian
For the orange sauce:
- 1/3 cup orange juice (juice from one orange)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek
- 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 1 tablespoon water (if needed)
For the tofu:
- 6 ounces of pressed, extra firm tofu, cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- avocado oil spray
Mix the orange sauce ingredients together. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Pour the sauce in the pan and stir, two minutes, until thickened. If too thick, add the tablespoon of water to thin it out a bit.
Slice the pressed tofu in half, then into cubes. In a bowl mix the cornstarch, salt and pepper, and toss the tofu to coat on all sides.
Heat a skillet with the coconut oil and avocado oil spray. In two batches, pan fry the tofu for about 5 minutes for each batch or until crispy on all sides.
Toss in the prepared orange sauce, and garnish with chopped cilantro or green onions. Serve with fresh veggies (I did steamed green beans) and rice if you want make a complete meal.
This whole recipe on #teampurple or #teamblue is 3 points, on #teamgreen it’s 7 points, because you have to count the tofu.
Keywords: orange tofu, best orange tofu sauce
If you have any other ways to use this orange sauce, I am all ears!
Please tag me on Instagram if you make this, or use this orange sauce in a different way – I’d love to see it!
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Now go make this dish 😀