The combination of sweet and spicy is what makes General Tso’s Tofu a hit at Chinese restaurants across the country and around the world. Traditional wok-based dishes make for great Instant Pot™ conversions as the cooking intensity calls to mind a bit what is called the “breath of the wok.”

Instant Pot General Tso’s Tofu [Vegan]

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Cooking Time



  • 16 ounces extra-firm tofu
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup Sherry wine
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli, blanched
  • 4 cups cooked long-grain white rice


  1. Wrap the block of tofu in paper towels and press 5 minutes by adding weight on top. Remove the paper towels and cut the tofu into 1/2-inch thick pieces.
  2.  In a small bowl, whisk together water, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, wine, and cayenne pepper. Set this General Tso’s sauce aside.
  3.  Press the Sauté button on the Instant Pot™ and add the oil. Add the tofu and sauté until brown on all sides. Add the broccoli and sauté 1 minute more.
  4.  Add the General Tso’s sauce to the pot. Lock the lid into place, press the Manual button, and adjust timer to 5 minutes. When the timer beeps, quick-release pressure until float valve drops and then unlock lid. Serve with cooked rice.


Options are diverse when choosing a rice or grain to serve with a Chinese or Chinese-inspired tofu dish. Long grain white rice is most commonly used, but you can also use brown rice, quinoa, or couscous.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 583 | Carbs: 96g | Fat: 11g | Protein: 29g | Sodium: 72mg | Sugar: 22g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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