Baked Orange Tofu | Yup, it's Vegan

Orange Tofu

Easy baked orange tofu! From the authors of Frugal Vegan: "Nearly everyone can remember getting Chinese food and ordering orange chicken. Its fluorescent, unnatural, gooey appearance almost made it look extraterrestrial. The recipe below calls on some of the same flavors from your favorite Chinese dish."

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine gluten-free, nut-free, soy, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword orange tofu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Total Yield 4 servings
Calories Per Serving 137 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


  • 1 14-oz. package extra-firm tofu (400g)
  • 2 and 1/2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari divided
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic grated (or use 1/8 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger grated (or use 1/4 tsp ground ginger)
  • 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar (or use brown rice syrup or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp cold water
  • chopped green onions or scallions (optional, for serving)


  1. Drain the tofu and press it by either using a tofu press, or wrapping it in a clean towel and placing a heavy object on top of it. Let the tofu drain for 15 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 Celsius). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Cut the pressed tofu into cubes, toss them with 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce, and arrange them evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping each piece halfway through.

  3. Meanwhile, make your orange glaze by combining the remaining 1 and 1/2 tbsp soy sauce in a saucepan with the rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, grated garlic and ginger, orange juice, and agave nectar. Heat over medium-low until the mixture reaches a gentle simmer.

  4. Whisk together the cornstarch and cold water until smooth, then add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan. Continue to stir over medium-low heat until the glaze thickens, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off the heat until the tofu is done cooking.

  5. Return the heat to medium-low and remove the tofu from the oven. Add the tofu cubes to the pan and fold to coat the tofu with the sauce. Serve immediately, garnished with scallions if desired; and accompanied by rice and vegetables.

Recipe Notes

ORANGE COLOR: If you want your orange tofu to be closer to that fluorescent Panda Express color then try adding a pinch of ground turmeric to the sauce (just a pinch!).

Nutrition Facts
Orange Tofu
Amount Per Serving (1 fourth recipe)
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 472mg 20%
Potassium 357mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin C 26%
Calcium 18%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.