Friday, October 18, 2013

General Tso's Tofu

A long time blogging friend, Shelby of Grumpy's Honey Bunch recently posted some of her faves on facebook and this recipe for General Tso's Tofu showed up. I haven't had tofu is a long while so I thought I'd give this a try. I'm always up for Asian foods anyway. I served it up with some gluten free asian rice noodles and veggies. It was delicious and I even saved some to take to work the next day where coworkers were jealous of my lunch. haha. Head over to Shelby's blog and check out all her yummy recipes!

General Tso's Tofu
from Grumpy's Honey Bunch 

1 brick extra firm tofu
4 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3 tbsps Hoisin (I used a GF homemade recipe)
3 Tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
3 Tablespoons Ketchup
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce (GF Tamari)
1/2 Cup water
1 Tablespoon Sesame oil
4 green onions, sliced
3 Tbsps fresh ginger, grated
Red pepper flakes, desired amount

Squeeze tofu of excess water by placing between a thickness (I use about 3-4 thick paper towels folded about 3-4 times) of paper towels and sitting a heavy pan on top. Let sit 20-30 minutes. While waiting for tofu to be squeezed dry, mix together the first 6 ingredients and set aside.
To prepare tofu for frying, slice into 1/2" slices, then cut each slice into thirds. Coat lightly with cornstarch and fry in a shallow frying pan with olive oil until browned and crispy. Remove from frying pan and set aside. Wipe pan clean with paper towel and add sesame oil with onions and chopped ginger. Fry about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add sauce mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer about 2 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and tofu back to mixture, toss to coat. Serve garnished with green onions.


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