An easy tofu in orange sauce recipe, for when boring just won’t do!
I don’t always think of cooking savory dishes with fruit, but somehow the flavors just came together wonderfully in this tofu in orange sauce recipe.
Marinating tips for this tofu in orange sauce
If you have marinated tofu before, you might have had disappointing results even after letting the tofu sit in the marinade for what seemed like too many hour! Do you know why that is? It’s simply because a tofu bloc is filled with water. Unless you get that water out, there is no place for the marinade!
There are a few options for getting the water out, depending on how much time you have before your tofu in orange sauce dinner needs to be on the table.
- Freeze the tofu bloc and then bring it out to thaw in the marinade. The water inside the tofu will form ice crystals and when these thaw, they will open the pores of the tofu which will then be able to absorb the marinade. This approach obviously requires a bit of planning ahead.
- Squeeze the water out with a tofu press. Yes, if you marinate tofu often, it’s well worth investing in a tofu press. You can always come up with your own contraption to press tofu. I’ve seen people precariously balance a bunch of heavy books on top of plates to extract water from their tofu. However, if you prefer to keep your kitchen as a safe space and have little time to prepare your tofu, a tofu press is the perfect kitchen accessory. Even with a simple press like the EZ Tofu Press, you’ll need only 5-15 minutes to get the water out of your tofu block. Then you simply transfer the block into the marinade and voilà! Flavorful tofu every time.
You won’t believe the difference it makes when you properly press the water out of your tofu before marinating it. If you are having a hard time adding tofu to your diet because of the bland taste, try this at least once. You won’t regret it.
It’s safe to keep the marinade when making this tofu in orange sauce
When you are marinating meat, you always end up throwing away the marinade because it could be contaminated (after all, raw meat sat in there for hours). The beauty with marinating tofu (or even tempeh) is that it’s safe to keep the marinade to make the sauce for your dish afterwards. As you might have guessed then, this tofu in orange sauce is made with the orange juice and soy sauce (or tamari) marinade you used to flavor the tofu. No waste! Just the way I like it.
Make this dish a balanced vegan meal by serving it over rice
As it stands, this beautiful tofu in orange sauce has you covered for protein and vegetables, but it is lacking a serving of grain. Here’s my top recommendation for a healthy, gluten-free grain to enjoy with the tofu: Lundberg Wild Blend Rice. I have a very large bag of this rice at home and always seem to need to buy it again, because I make it regularly.
The Lundberg Wild Blend Rice mixes 5 types of rice, either brown or wild. It has a nutty taste and is the perfect side for any dish you would serve with rice (chili, cury, and many more). If you are hesitant to try wild rice by itself, this blend is much more approachable.
Even better: the bag is sealed with a velcro between uses, so it closes perfectly to keep the rice fresh over a long time.
Yum, yum, yum! When’s dinner again?