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General Tso’s Tofu [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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The tofu is crispy and flavorful, the sauce is not too sweet and not too spicy, just thick and rich, the way I remember it. Served with crunchy broccoli and 5-Spice Brown Rice, my General Tso’s Tofu is made to order. And no, I don’t deliver. Enjoy!

Vegan General Tso’s Tofu




For the Tofu:

  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free, low-sodium tamari
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated or 1 teaspoon ground
  • 1-2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil

For the 5-Spice Brown Rice:

  • 2 cups short-grain brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon 5-spice powder

For the Steamed Broccoli:

  • 2 large heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • Kosher or sea salt

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free, low-sodium tamari
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated or 1 teaspoon ground
  • 3 tablespoons vegan honey or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or peanut oil
  • 4-5 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Cut the tofu into cubes. In a shallow bowl, combine the arrowroot, tamari, and ginger. Whisk until smooth. Add the tofu and toss to coat. Let the tofu marinate for at least half an hour, the longer the better.
  2. While the tofu is marinating, prepare the rice. Rinse the rice with cool water. Add it to a saucepan with 4 cups of water and 1 tsp. 5-spice powder. Stir, cover and cook over medium-high heat. When the water comes to a boil, lower the heat to low and allow the rice to simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 30-40 minutes. When all the liquid has been absorbed, turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Then uncover and fluff with a fork.
  3. When the rice has finished cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of canola or peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu to the skillet and cook until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes per side. Remove the tofu from the skillet and set aside. Wipe out the skillet because you’re going to use it again.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and a pinch of salt to the steamer basket. Cover and steam until the broccoli is tender and bright green, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. In a large measuring cup or bowl, combine the sesame oil, tamari, arrowroot, ginger, vegan honey or agave, and hot sauce, if using. Whisk until smooth. Set aside. Heat the canola oil or peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the sauce to the skillet and let it cook until it thickens a bit. If it gets too thick, add some water. Add the tofu to the skillet and toss to coat in the sauce and reheat the tofu.
  6. Garnish the tofu with sesame seeds and serve with the steamed broccoli and the 5-spice brown rice.





When Rhea became vegan, there were no places in her Bronx neighborhood to eat so she had to learn to cook, mostly by watching TV cooking shows, especially Christina Pirello and Rachael Ray.  That led to the creation of The "V" Word website which focuses on vegan versions of favorite, familiar foods. Rhea has written several e-cookbooks which are available on her web site. It is Rhea's hope that she can spread the "V" Word to bring more compassion into the world and it is her dream to become the vegan Rachael Ray.



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59 comments on “General Tso’s Tofu [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Kristen Pager
1 Years Ago

So so delicious! Will be making it regularly.

3 Years Ago

Does anyone know the calorie count on this??

Patti Hills
02 Jun 2018

It says 2602....Crazy!!

Arwen M.
3 Years Ago

This was delicious! I made a little extra sauce so I could coat the broccoli, too, and it was really spot-on. Thanks for such a simple, wholesome version of one of my take-out favorites.

3 Years Ago

Despite making sure the oil is nice & hot before adding my \'\'coated\'\'tofu it always sticks & burns the bottom of the pan:( Any tips would be gratefully received:)

4 Years Ago

This is absolutely delicious! Yummm. We will be making this again very soon.

Therese Caserta
4 Years Ago

Nom nom

Kate Wickersham
4 Years Ago


Emily Wheeland
4 Years Ago

Let' make this, Danielle! Yum, yum.

Jayne Louise Morris
4 Years Ago

Yum looks delicious!!!! :)

Tj Logan
4 Years Ago

Made this a week or so ago and it was spot on..... delish


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