An easy tofu in orange sauce recipe, for when boring just won’t do!

Tofu in orange sauce: easy to make, hard to resist

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!

Tofu in orange sauce: use the EZ Tofu Press to get the flavor in your tofu!EZ Tofu Press – Removes Water from Tofu for Better Flavor and Texture.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Tofu in orange sauce: make this a gluten free dinner recipe with Lundberg Wild Blend RiceLundberg Wild Blend, Gourmet Blend of Wild and Whole Grain Brown Rice, Gluten Free , 4LB

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?

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Tofu in orange sauce recipe
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 12 min
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce (or tamari if making gluten free)
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 bloc firm tofu
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp black sesame seeds (optional, as a topping)
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 12 min
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce (or tamari if making gluten free)
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 bloc firm tofu
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp black sesame seeds (optional, as a topping)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, orange juice, sesame oil and grated ginger.
  2. Cut the tofu in cubes, place in a freezer bag or container and pour the marinade in. Close the bag or container and flip around a few times to mix the tofu and the marinade. Place in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Cut the vegetables and the orange in large, bite-size pieces.
  4. In a large pot over medium-high heat, warm the vegetable oil.
  5. Remove the tofu from the marinade and cook in the pot until brown. Keep the remaining marinade aside.
  6. Add the broccoli, eggplant and brussel sprouts to the pot, as well as the vegetable broth. Cover and let cook for 6 min.
  7. Add the leftover marinade and the oranges to the pot. Cook for another 2 min.
  8. Remove from heat, transfer in bowls and sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving (optional).
Recipe Notes

Don't know what to do with the other half of your tofu block? Keep it in the fridge, in a container filled with water, for up to a week. Make sure to change the water daily.

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