Crispy Tofu with Sweet and Sour Tangerine Sauce

Crispy Tofu with Sweet and Sour Tangerine Sauce

This quick and easy recipe is the perfect weeknight meal and will please all members of the family. It’s a vegetarian take on Orange Chicken, but instead of orange juice, tangerine juice is used. The tofu is fried to a perfect crisp then covered with the sticky sweet and sour tangerine sauce. Serve it with rice or your favorite veggies.

Mixed & Measured | Crispy Tofu with Sticky Tangerine Sauce
Mixed & Measured | Crispy Tofu with Sticky Tangerine Sauce
Mixed & Measured | Crispy Tofu with Sticky Tangerine Sauce
Mixed & Measured | Crispy Tofu with Sticky Tangerine Sauce
Mixed & Measured | Crispy Tofu with Sticky Tangerine Sauce
Mixed & Measured | Crispy Tofu with Sticky Tangerine Sauce
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Crispy Tofu with Sweet and Sour Tangerine Sauce

Serves 2 

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz package extra firm tofu (I use the House Foods brand)

  • 1/4 cup flour 

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce 

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar 

  • 1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice 

  • 1/4 cup mirin (I use the Eden brand) - If you can’t find Mirin, you can substitute with rice wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp grated ginger 

  • 1 tsp grated garlic

  • Pinch of red pepper flakes 

  • 1/4 cup water 

  • 3 tsp cornstarch

  • Sesame seeds and sliced green onion for garnish.

Directions 

  1. If serving with rice, cook your rice. 

  2. Line a cutting board with two layers of paper towels. Remove any liquid from the tofu then place the block of tofu on top of the paper towels. Place two more paper towels on top of the tofu and then using your hands, gently but firmly press down to release liquid. When all of your paper towels are completed soaked, discard. 

  3. Cut the tofu into 1x1 inch squares. Place another two paper towels on the cutting board, place the tofu squares on top and then place another two paper towels on top of the tofu. Again, press down to release more liquid. Try to remove as much liquid as you can. The more liquid is removed, the crispier the tofu will get. (Feel free to use clean dish towels instead of the paper towels for this process)

  4. In a medium bowl, add the flour and tofu squares. Mix to coat the tofu. 

  5. In a large pan, heat about 1/4 cup vegetable oil over medium heat. Remove any excess flour from the tofu then add them to the pan in an even layer. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side until they turn golden brown and crispy. 

  6. Meanwhile, in a medium pot over medium-high heat, add the soy sauce, maple syrup, brown sugar, tangerine juice, mirin, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water then add the mixture to the pot. Mix, bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and let simmer for a couple minutes until sauce has thickened. 

  7. Once the tofu is done, remove from pan and add to the pot with the sauce and gently mix to coat each piece of tofu in the sauce. Serve immediately with the rice and garnish with the sesame seeds and green onions.

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