General Tso’s Tofu combines crispy baked tofu with a sticky and spicy sauce. Serve the sauce-covered tofu over rice with broccoli on the side. This popular takeout dish has never been better!
This General Tso’s Tofu is easy and delicious. Golden brown and crispy baked tofu is coated in a sticky, savory, and spicy sauce to create this better-than-takeout meal. Say goodbye to intimidating fryers because baking tofu is way easier and clean up-friendly!
Here’s why I think you should make your General Tso’s at home:
- The flavors are fresh, bold, and just a little spicy.
- Golden brown baked tofu comes out perfect every time thanks to 1 special ingredient.
- It’s ready to eat in less time than it takes for your order to arrive at your door!
I love a big scoop of this saucy vegan General Tso’s Tofu over freshly cooked Basmati Rice and steamed broccoli on the side. Complete the meal with more copycat takeout favorites, like Vegan Beef and Broccoli and Tempeh Stir Fry!
What is General Tso’s?
General Tso’s chicken is a popular choice at most North American Chinese food restaurants. The original dish is made with chicken and sweet and spicy sauce, but I have veganized the dish with tofu.
General Tso sauce is made with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, red chili flakes, and sugar. The sweet and savory flavors balance nicely when coated over the protein of your choice. I used tofu but you can swap it for cauliflower, tempeh, or chickpeas!
How to make General Tso’s Tofu
Start by pressing the tofu to remove any excess liquid. Slice the brick, then rip those slices into medium-large pieces (these will act as the General Tso’s “chicken” pieces).
Place them in a ziplock bag (or a large bowl) along with the oil, cornstarch, and salt. Shake to coat, then place the tofu pieces on the prepared baking pan. Bake until golden and crispy.
Make the General Tso sauce while the tofu bakes. Sauté garlic and ginger in a pan with oil over medium-high heat. Next, stir in the rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, water, sugar, and red chili flakes.
Stir the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl. Pour it into the sauce and stir until it has a thick consistentcy.
Toss the baked tofu in the sauce. Serve over bowls of rice with sesame seeds and green onions on top.
How to press tofu
Tofu is packed in water, which needs to be drained before it’s baked. The less water in your tofu, the crispier it will be!
I like using a tofu press to press my tofu. If you don’t have one, wrap the block of tofu in paper towels and place a plate or pan on top of the wrapped tofu. Put a couple of heavy books on top of that.
If you’re in a rush, leave the tofu to press for at least 20 minutes. Otherwise, it can be left to drain for a few hours or overnight!
It isn’t traditional General Tso’s without the rice! Scoop the saucy tofu over basmati rice or cauliflower rice and top it with sesame seeds and green onions. Steamed veggies, like broccoli, bok choy, green beans, or carrots, are delicious on the side.
With its Asian-influenced flavors, General Tso’s tofu is best served alongside your favorite takeout recreations. Make some to serve alongside Teriyaki Noodles, Spring Rolls, and Vegan Fried Rice for a better-than-takeout family meal!
- Instead of tofu – Use cauliflower florets, soy curls, chickpeas, tempeh, or vegan “chicken”.
- Gluten free – Use gluten free tamari instead of soy sauce and make sure the hoisin sauce is certified gluten free.
- Tofu – You must use extra firm or firm tofu. Medium and soft tofu is much too delicate and will fall apart.
More copycat vegan take-out recipes
General Tso’s Tofu
For the tofu
- 2 (16-oz) blocks firm or extra-firm tofu
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger *may use 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger if needed
- 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce *tamari for gluten free
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch + 1/4 cup water
- 4 cups cooked rice, white or brown
- chopped green onions
- sesame seeds
- Optional: steamed broccoli
- Press the tofu: Wrap the block of tofu in paper towels. Place a plate or pan on top of the wrapped tofu, and put a couple of heavy books on top of that. Let the tofu press for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a large baking sheet with oil (or line with parchment paper).
- Slice the tofu into 6 slices. Now, rip each slice into medium-large pieces. You can also simply cut them into cubes, if you prefer, but ripping gives the tofu a great jagged texture.
- Add the tofu pieces to a large ziplock bag (or large bowl), along with the olive oil, cornstarch and salt. Close the bag, and shake gently to coat. Arrange the tofu evenly on the prepared pan, and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
- While the tofu bakes, cook your rice and make the sauce. In a large pan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Next, add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, water, sugar and red chili flakes. Stir well and bring to a simmer.
- In a small bowl, stir the cornstarch and water together, then pour into the pan with the sauce. Stir constantly, until the sauce thickens.
- When the tofu is done baking, add it to the sauce and stir to coat the pieces. Serve with rice, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, chopped green onions and perhaps a side of steamed broccoli. Enjoy!
- Nutrition facts do not include rice.
- Could substitute cauliflower for the tofu, or even soy curls, chickpeas or vegan “chicken”.
- Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. The dish does not freeze very well.
This post has been updated with updated photos and instructions. The recipe was originally published May 2020.
Another tasty, easy to follow recipe! I was cooking for one, so had to pretty much cut the ingredients in half. It was so good, I will not be using store-bought general tso sauce again!
I added some veggies during the sauce saute(sweet peppers and green onions) too.
I love this one, and am glad you do as well! Thanks for your wonderful remarks on the recipe, and your great review!
I thought that 2 blocks of tofu was too much. I WAS WRONG. Man it’s good. I want to eat more but gotta save the rest for the family.
Thanks for this easy weeknight dish!!
My husband and I loved this! It came together really easily and is just as good, if not better, than takeout (my husband said it was *much* better!). I added a bunch of bell pepper and onions to the sauce. I also opted to do about ~2Tbs of hoisin, so I reduced the sugar to a bit less than 1/4 cup. The great thing about these sorts of sauce recipes is that you’ve provided a great base, so people can tinker with it according to personal tastes. 🙂 This is my third recipe of yours and I will definitely be coming back for more.
Hi Lauren. It sounds like you may be new to my site. If so, welcome! I’m glad you’ve loved the recipes you’ve tried so far! Thanks for sharing your fabulous feedback and review! Happy cooking!
Just had this tonight and it was perfect! We cut the crushed red pepper in half so it wouldn’t be too spicy for the kids, and everyone loved it. Your recipes are always amazing, Nora!
I appreciate your inspiring words, Valerie. How wonderful the recipe was a hit! Thanks for your amazing feedback and review!
Do you have any substitutions for the sugar and possible measumemts? Thank you for your time! I love your recipes and have made many! I have had to eliminate processed sugar .
Hi Jen. You can try replacing the sugar with maple syrup or another natural liquid sweetener instead (1/4 to 1/3 cup, depending on your desired sweetness level).
This was fantastic!
How wonderful you loved the recipe! Thank you for sharing your great feedback!
Thank you so much for posting this recipe. We have this almost every weeks. We fix corn and I enjoy putting that on top as well. We are empty nesters so to simplify things we use the air fryer to cook out tofu. I like mine with a crisp outside and a soft inside. When we started eating vegan this became a must have recipe.
This recipe rocks! Super easy and the texture of the tofu is perfectly chewy. The sauce is also addicting! The recipe is a keeper. Thanks?
How wonderful that you loved the tofu! Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback!
Yet again, another amazing recipe from Nora! I planned to make this last night and got really excited when I read someone else’s review about how it causes arguments in their family and how some think your butter chicken is the best and others think this is. Your butter chicken is my absolute favorite dish so when I read that I was extra excited to try this one. Surely, it was absolutely fantastic and will be another regular in my house for dinner. Thanks!! ???
Hi Carissa. I’m thrilled that you loved the General Tso’s Tofu recipe! Thanks for taking time to share your fun feedback! I’m so happy this will be part of your regular meal rotation! Happy cooking!
I thought the sauce was a bit too vinegar-forward. When I do this one again I am going to cut it down a bit.
I am new to eating tofu, so I tried this recipe today. Loved it! Definitely will be making again. Thanks!
Hi Andrea. That is so great! I’m so happy you loved it! Thank you for sharing your fantastic feedback and review! Wishing you happy cooking!
I’ve been looking for a better way to make crispy tofu and this was amazing! Sauce came out great and it was super easy to make. 10/10 will be making again
Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback! I’m so glad you liked the tofu this way! Enjoy!
This General Tso’s Tofu looks wonderful, excited to try it this weekend! Please tell me, can the sauce be prepared in advance then just warm up & add crispy tofu before serving? Thank you!
Sure, that will work quite well. Enjoy!
Absolutely delicious!!! I made it exactly the way the recipe reads. You hit it outta the ballpark, Nora!!! Can’t wait to make it again!
Thank you so much! I’m thrilled you loved the tofu! Thank you for sharing your positive feedback and review! Happy cooking!
This really is a 5 star recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.
You are welcome! Thank you for sharing your great feedback!
Really good! I am slowly making my way through all of your tofu recipes and none have disappointed! My omni family said is their favorite so far!
Hi Allie! Thank you for your wonderful review and feedback! How fun that you are trying all the tofu recipes! I appreciate you using my recipes, and wish you happy cooking!
I made this tonight and it was yummy! This is going into our regular rotation. Thanks, Nora!
You are welcome! I’m thrilled this will part of your meal rotation! Thank you for sharing your fantastic review and feedback!
Our go to recipe for crispy tofu. The sauce is out of this world.
I’m so glad you are loving the tofu! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!
This is delicious, I will definitely make it again. Love the way the tofu turned out. Thank you!
Thank you for sharing your terrific review! I’m so glad the recipe turned out delicious for you, and that you’ll be making more of it! Happy cooking!
I make this all the time and love love it!! Question: I am having family over and thinking of doing a Tofu/Buddah Bowl Bar. Planning on prepping the tofu like this and then making a variety of sauces to have on the side. Do you think this sauce, your Butter Chicken sauce, BBQ, and Orange sauces will work well on the side?? Or should they really coat the tofu first? Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!! I share them all over social media 🙂
That is such a fun and delicious idea! Yes, I think all of those would work well with the cooked tofu. I hope everyone loves this yummy meal, thank you!
Awesome meal! Served with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Thank you so much❤️.
Another fabulous recipe..easy to prepare and delicious! I steamed broccoli florets and added them to the sauce before serving it over brown rice. Everyone loved it and agreed we should add it to our regular rotation. Thank you!
Hi Debora! I’m thrilled this will become part of your meal rotation, and that everyone loved it! Thanks so much for sharing your review and comments!
My family devoured it. What an amazing recipe!! Thank you.
Thanks for sharing your great review! I’m glad the recipe was a hit with your family!
Definitely five stars! Easy to make and loved by my whole family. We’ll be using this one over and over, I’m sure 🙂
I’m thrilled that you loved the tofu! Thank you for sharing your review and comments!