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Sticky Orange Glazed Tofu

40 min

Meal

10 ingredients or less

You can never have enough tasty tofu recipes, and so we present these incredibly delicious sweet and sticky glazed tofu bites. Perfect to enjoy with your favourite stir-fry!

Servings

Total

40 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

30 min

Contains

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sesame

Ingredients

Tofu

  • 11 oz (325 g)
    firm tofu, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp (8 g)
    cornstarch
  • ½ tsp
    salt

Rice & veggies

  • ½ cup (100 g)
    uncooked white rice
  • 7.1 oz (200 g)
    broccolini
  • 1
    red bell pepper, sliced

Orange glaze

Optional garnish

  • sliced green onion
  • toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C). Cut the pressed tofu into ½ inch (1 cm) cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, gently mix together the tofu, oil, cornstarch, and salt.
  3. Spread the tofu evenly over a parchment-lined baking tray and bake in the oven on the centre rack for 20 - 25 minutes, flipping the pieces halfway through baking.
  4. Cook the rice according to the package instructions.
  5. To a large pan, add the broccolini and bell pepper with a small splash of water. Cover and cook for 3 - 4 minutes or until softened slightly. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  6. Returning the now-empty pan to the stove, add the orange glaze ingredients. Whisk. Once whisked, heat* up the sauce and let simmer for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring often until thickened.
  7. Add the baked tofu cubes to the pan and stir to coat. Cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the tofu.
  8. Serve with rice and veggies if desired, garnish, and enjoy!

Notes

  • *The cornstarch must be added and stirred into cold liquids, otherwise, it will clump. Only heat the mixture once the cornstarch is mixed in well.

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Grains & Starches 26%

uncooked white rice

Proteins 22%

firm tofu

Fruits & Veggies 52%

broccolini

red bell pepper

clove garlic

freshly grated ginger

Calcium

firm tofu

Fat

olive oil

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Kaitlyn - Nov. 29, 2022, 2:38 p.m.

This recipe is so good and easy to follow. I have been experimenting with tofu dishes and this is by far my favourite! Will be trying more Pick up Limes recipes for sure.

PUL Team - Nov. 29, 2022, 5:17 p.m.

Such a big compliment, Kaitlyn! You can find a collection of our recipes with tofu here in case you're interested and haven't already seen yet: pickuplimes.com/recipe/?sb=to… Happy experimenting 🤗


Rachita - Nov. 15, 2022, 8:03 p.m.

I made this simple and super flavour-packed recipe, and truly enjoyed it. The flavours are complex and it's perfect for a cold winter day.

PUL Team - Nov. 15, 2022, 11:22 p.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Rachita, thank you 🤗


Paulina - Nov. 12, 2022, 5:07 p.m.

omg I would love to be a vegan but it so hard to cook tofu so it doesn't taste like mushy nothing....

PUL Team - Nov. 12, 2022, 8:39 p.m.

Hey Paulina, tofu can be tricky but the possibilities are endless once we get the hang of it! Choosing extra-firm or firm tofu and pressing it well to remove moisture can help a bunch. There are lots of videos online which show how to press tofu. If you haven't given this recipe a try yet, we find it flavourful and the cornstarch and baking boost its firmness 😃

Using a non-stick pan, lowering the heat, and adding a touch more oil (such as vegetable oil) can also help achieve a firmer texture without it sticking to the pan. It may be tempting to stir tofu a lot, but sometimes letting tofu sit undisturbed at a lower temperature can do wonders. Once the proteins in tofu cook, they naturally "let go" of the pan more easily. In case you haven't seen them yet and are looking for inspiration, our tofu recipes can be found here: pickuplimes.com/recipe/?sb=to…sort_by=. Happy cooking!


Joan - Nov. 7, 2022, 11:51 p.m.

Loved the taste but I'm new to cooking with tofu. It seemed a little tough is that normal? I put everything in a bowl but my veggies were cold. Probably cooked them too early. I will prepare them later next time.

PUL Team - Nov. 8, 2022, 4:33 a.m.

Hey there, Joan, we enjoy this one with firm tofu though it's not overly tough usually. It's possible that too much cornstarch was added or the tofu was overcooked! Adding the veggies later sounds like a lovely idea. So glad the taste was still enjoyed! It can take some practice to master cooking tofu 🤗


Anna - Oct. 5, 2022, 11:08 p.m.

Honestly, it's sooo good. I love the slightly sweet orangey taste. Already made it twice and served it with some greens and it really was a family favourite. I'll definitely make this again. It's also great for guest because it's kind of special and that easy to make. Thank you so much for creating all of your amazing content with such love and passion.

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2022, 6:05 p.m.

Aw it means so much, Anna, thank you!


Alana - Sept. 14, 2022, 7:39 a.m.

This recipe is so good! Especially if you like spice, yum! I will say though I always pair with some kind of green like a gai lan or edamame or avocado. And lately I have been using quinoa instead of rice. It the tofu really helps to flavour the quinoa :) Also I do your pan fry method and add the sauce to thicken at the end. As always delicious!

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2022, 6:44 p.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Alana! We're beyond happy to hear it's being enjoyed 😃


Alyssa - Sept. 9, 2022, 1:19 a.m.

I would say it's definitely an acquired taste. I liked it but I thought it was really spicy and it might be my fault because I accidentally added a little too much garlic, but just a heads up, get a glass of your favorite plant based milk before digging in.

PUL Team - Sept. 10, 2022, 6:28 a.m.

Hey Alyssa, thanks for taking the time to share. This is one of our favourites! We'd recommend following the ingredient portion recommendations as able to help balance out the flavours. If you tend to prefer less spicy flavours, we'd also recommend adding less sriracha 🙂


José - Sept. 7, 2022, 10:03 p.m.

I loved this! It's very unique in flavours and even so I have yet to encounter someone who doesn't enjoy this recipe. It tastes like something intricate but it's actually really easy, so thank you!!

PUL Team - Sept. 8, 2022, 10:47 p.m.

So thrilled to hear, José, thank YOU!


Yasmine - Sept. 5, 2022, 2:11 p.m.

Oh my god!!
This recipe is absolutely exquisite. The dressing is just perfect it has this almost sweet orangey but still savory taste. I I love using this as a side with meals for when I need extra protein

PUL Team - Sept. 7, 2022, 12:51 a.m.

Aw thank you, Yasmine, it means so much!


Blanca - Sept. 2, 2022, 9:35 p.m.

Beautiful dish and delicious, you never disappoint me!!!!!!!!! Thank you 💖


Aylin - Sept. 2, 2022, 1:48 a.m.

Seriously delicious! It was the perfect combo between savoury and sweet. Of course it didn't look as esthetically pleasing as in your beautiful photo ;)

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2022, 12:59 a.m.

Oh so glad it's being enjoyed, Aylin, do let us know if there's any other feedback 😃


Denise - Aug. 31, 2022, 5:23 a.m.

Wow! This was so delish! I couldn't stop eating it lol. I will be making this recipe often.


Kathleen - Aug. 7, 2022, 9:15 p.m.

This is delicious and will go into my regular rotation.


Amelia - July 25, 2022, 1:21 p.m.

Have tried a few orange tofu recipes, and this one is definitely my favourite, reminds me of childhood orange chicken sauce, but nicer!

PUL Team - July 26, 2022, 7:35 a.m.

A huge compliment, Amelia, thanks a bunch!


Lu Ann - July 19, 2022, 2:35 a.m.

Recipes looks delicious. Looking forward to trying it. What kind of rice did you serve with it?
I enjoy watching your channel.

PUL Team - July 19, 2022, 7:09 a.m.

Hey Lu Ann, we've enjoyed this one with different kinds of rice so whatever you enjoy should be alright! One of our favourites is plain white rice to help balance the sauce 🙂


Micah - July 11, 2022, 2:43 a.m.

Love this recipe!!! We cooked broccoli in the oven at the same time as the tofu, made for an easy and well-timed side.

PUL Team - July 12, 2022, 7:22 a.m.

That's a great idea, Micah, we're so glad it was enjoyed!


Vicky - July 7, 2022, 5:12 a.m.

Husband immediately said, “This is tasty!” after the first bite. Despite that I make nearly every meal he eats, he rarely compliments the chef because he loves spicy food primarily. This was a great recipe and I love that there is no added sugar! I will definitely be putting this one into rotation as it gave me a use for some of the oranges from our plentiful tree!

PUL Team - July 7, 2022, 3:54 p.m.

We're so happy to hear, Vicky, what a big compliment!


Kathryn - July 6, 2022, 7 p.m.

This was an awesome recipe!! My girls always want the orange chicken from Panda Express, so I thought I try this instead. It turned out great! I love the fact that I can tone down or tone up the spice. I definitely have to tone it down for my 8 and 5 year old though.😅

PUL Team - July 7, 2022, 12:26 a.m.

Hey Kathryn, so glad the tofu is being enjoyed and love that the spice can be adjusted too 😃


Sarah - July 4, 2022, 1:11 a.m.

We made this for dinner tonight and really enjoyed it! It was delicious and so easy to make. The only thing we thought the sauce was missing was maybe a little more umami (perhaps some miso?) as it is quite citrus-y and bright. But even as is, we thought it was very good. We served it with stir-fried asparagus, carrots, and mushrooms. Would definitely make it again! Yum!

PUL Team - July 4, 2022, 7:52 p.m.

Hey Sarah, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with it. Different brands of soy sauce can vary in their umami taste, so adding more to taste or miso sound like a lovely idea. We'll note down the feedback and are so glad it was enjoyed with the stir-fried veggies 😃


Moni - July 1, 2022, 5:20 p.m.

Reciepi lookes delicious. Can i use paneer instead of tafu ? if yes. Then howmuch ?

PUL Team - July 1, 2022, 8:43 p.m.

Hey there, Moni! Thanks for the question. Since we only use plant-based products here at PUL we haven't tested it out, but we hope you enjoy the recipe if you're able to give it a try☺️


Autobahn - June 25, 2022, 6:12 p.m.

Truly delicious and addictive yet pretty easy to make. 10/10


Christin - June 24, 2022, 7:25 p.m.

I've made this 3 times now and love it! Awesome recipe and love the videos. :)

PUL Team - June 25, 2022, 5:49 p.m.

Woohoo! Thank you, Christin ☺️


Stephanie - June 23, 2022, 12:57 p.m.

The tofu I used was not firm and I swapped orange juice for lemon juice but it was still amazing. I love your recipes keep them coming!!😊

PUL Team - June 24, 2022, 4 p.m.

Hey Stephanie, it means so much! Do let us know if there's any other feedback to help PUL grow 😃


Sarra - June 22, 2022, 6:45 p.m.

That recipe!!! I'm in love !
it's amazing to be able to cook something so good at home! Thank you guys so much for sharing it.
(I made a plain courgette and oignon rice to balance the sauce.)

PUL Team - June 23, 2022, 4:55 p.m.

Aw we're so happy to hear, Sarra! The pairings sound lovely too 😍

Sarra - July 3, 2022, 7:03 p.m.

Hello PUL team, thanks for your reply!
I do have a question: say you only have 1) lemons or 2) Grapefruit.
How would you adapt the sauce recipe? would sugar work or is there another more professional option?
thanks!!

PUL Team - July 4, 2022, 8:13 p.m.

Hey Sarra, was this in place of the orange juice? If so, we've heard a positive review from Stephanie using lemon juice in place of the orange juice. We'd recommend starting with less juice and adding more to taste - it's always easier to add more if needed! If the glaze isn't as sweet or too tart than desired then adding a pinch of sugar or syrup should do the trick 🙂


Lori - June 21, 2022, 4:20 a.m.

The sauce is to die for. We prefer a little less siracha but the flavor is incredible!

PUL Team - June 22, 2022, 4:10 p.m.

Thank you, Lori, less siracha sounds lovely 😊


Bridget - June 18, 2022, 9:19 p.m.

Super delicious! Reheats well as leftovers too!


Emy - June 14, 2022, 8:18 p.m.

This is delicious! It really is a good recipe for people who don't like tofu, it helped it grow on me ☺

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 6:39 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Emy, thanks a bunch 😃


Shar - June 14, 2022, 2:36 p.m.

This was delicious. I’m not vegan or vegetarian and I loved this recipe. Also I accidentally forgot to add the soy sauce and it still came out amazing. I may just leave it out entirely again next time. Thank you Sadia!

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 6:10 a.m.

Hi Shar, we're so glad it was still enjoyed and thanks for taking the time to share your experience with it 🙂


Manuela - June 12, 2022, 6:46 p.m.

It is a great tofu recipe! I will definitely make it again. Thank you PUL-Team for making vegan cooking so easy, diversified and delicious!

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 8:16 p.m.

Aw thank you, Manuela, it means so much!


agathe - June 11, 2022, 10:26 a.m.

hello PUL ! I don't have Sriracha on hand, but I've got tabasco.... can I use that instead of the sriracha ??

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 3:24 a.m.

Hey Agathe, yes you can use tabasco or an alternative hot sauce 🙂


Nish - June 10, 2022, 4:42 p.m.

This is so tasty. I get really excited to try any of your new recipes. Thank You so much for sharing your content in such a good quality.

PUL Team - June 13, 2022, 5:39 a.m.

Beyond thrilled to hear, Nish, thank you! Happy cooking 🤗


Maria - June 10, 2022, 8:07 a.m.

Oh wow, this is absolutely wonderful! I have been looking for a good, satisfying orange tofu recipe for a while and this one is just perfect.
I ended up doubling the glaze recipe and added some cauliflower - and the result was magnificent!
Thank you so much PUL team for yet another delicious recipe, you never fail to liven up my kitchen:)

PUL Team - June 13, 2022, 1:57 a.m.

Aw we appreciate it so much, Maria, that sounds lovely! So glad it was enjoyed 🤗


Cyp - June 9, 2022, 4:03 p.m.

I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work you do! I have been following you for years and at that time on YT you were only 20000 subs - so happy to watch your channel and business grow.
My husband and I have started a plant based life style and I made your Za'atar Pitas last night and the whole family including two teenage boys gobble them up.
I am so looking forward to saying goodbye to chronic health issues and hello to a healthy body with the help of you and your team.
Warmest Regards
Cyp

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 7:28 p.m.

Oh, Cyp, you're much too kind! We're smiling from ear to ear. Wishing you and your family all the best on your plant-based journey. Thank you for the support and allowing PUL to be part of it 💛


Svjetlana - June 1, 2022, 2:21 p.m.

I love your recipe, you are an inspiration.

PUL Team - June 1, 2022, 9:20 p.m.

You're much too kind, Svjetlana! Thank you ✨


Ellen - May 31, 2022, 6:19 p.m.

This was soooo delicious! My family are not vegan and they loved it! Absolute win - thank you so much

PUL Team - May 31, 2022, 10:46 p.m.

Aw we're so happy to hear! Thank you, Ellen 🙂


Franzi - May 29, 2022, 3:42 p.m.

This was absolutely delicious! We made double the amount and it was enough for 5 portions. :) We and our guests absolutely loved it! Thanks for the recipe.

PUL Team - May 29, 2022, 6:10 p.m.

Woohoo! It means so much, Franzi, thank you :)


Cathy - May 22, 2022, 5:58 p.m.

Lovely recipe, really easy to follow and quite straightforward but tasted & looked like I had spent a really long time cooking! Perfect!

PUL Team - May 23, 2022, 8:52 p.m.

Oh we're so thrilled to hear, Cathy, thank you!


Gitte - May 22, 2022, 9:51 a.m.

None of my family (this day 6 people) liked this, maybe it would have been better if the sauce was totally cooked in. A little hoisin sauce helped I thought, they didn't. I substituted ricevinegar for less ordinary vinegar and fresh ginger for powder. But I love your channel and all the other good recipies. Thanks a lot 😊

PUL Team - May 23, 2022, 7:18 p.m.

Hey there, Gitte, we appreciate the honest feedback. If possible, we recommend using rice vinegar and fresh ginger as listed to boost the flavour of the tofu. Sometimes powders or different products can impart a different taste in a dish. In any case, we'll note down the feedback to help PUL grow and improve. Thank you for the support and for helping make our PUL community so special, Gitte ☺️


Yasmyn - May 22, 2022, 2:34 a.m.

Salam Sadia, Robin, and the rest of the PUL team! As an Afgahn-Canadian I thought it would be hard to adopt a plant based lifestyle as the cultures food is so heavily based around animal products. when I found out Sadia too was Afghan-Canadian and saw how easy she made it look I knew it was a lifestyle i could adapt to! I made this dish for my Afghani parents who are always sceptical of my plant based dishes and as meat lovers they absolutely loved this dish! I made it with your sushi rice recipe and a side of veggies and it reminds me of classic orange chicken but more flavourful! this recipe is sure to please everyone and very easy to make, Im so obsessed with your recipes and cannot wait for the app!:)

PUL Team - May 23, 2022, 2:58 a.m.

Oh, Yasmyn, we're smiling from ear to ear! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the recipes and allowing PUL to be part of your plant-based journey. It means so much 💛


KatieD - May 21, 2022, 6:17 p.m.

So simple and delicious! I doubled the recipe and only used 2 teaspoons of Sriracha and it was plenty for younger children.

PUL Team - May 23, 2022, 2:44 a.m.

Lovely modifications, KatieD, we're so glad it was enjoyed!


Kate - May 19, 2022, 4:29 a.m.

So good! Just used 1 tbs sriracha and still came out spicy and delicious. Easily the best orange glaze I’ve ever had. Thank you!!

PUL Team - May 20, 2022, 1:05 a.m.

A huge compliment, Kate, thank you!


Birgit - May 16, 2022, 2:12 p.m.

Rally good and spicy recipe. I love IT.


Genesis - May 15, 2022, 9:57 p.m.

I made this today and I had a couple thoughts. I used 1 tbs of sriracha and I found it too spicy for me so I'm sticking to 1 tsp next time. I thought the ginger taste was a bit too strong, so I'll adjust mine to 1/2 tbs next time. I guess I really like soy sauce and didn't feel it was coming through so I'm adding a little extra next time. I also didn't have rice vinegar and substituted it for white vinegar. I didn't really taste the vinegar flavor so I'd add more if using white vinegar. These are adjustment I'd make personally but I still thought it was a very good recipe! Thanks for sharing!

PUL Team - May 16, 2022, 4:28 a.m.

Hey Genesis, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with it! We certainly recommend less spice if desired. Rice vinegar and white vinegar do taste different but adding more next time sounds like a lovely idea. We prefer rice vinegar since it's sweeter to balance out the flavours in this one personally. Do let us know if you have any other feedback 😃

CastleDark - May 29, 2022, 11:51 a.m.

hey mate, LOVE the look of this recipe. but i only have apple cider vinegar. would it do? or best wait till i shop next & try to find "rice vinegar" ?

PUL Team - May 29, 2022, 4:50 p.m.

Hi there! Apple cider vinegar has a mild flavour similar to rice vinegar so a 1:1 substitute should work fine. You could also add a pinch of sugar or syrup If desired for extra sweetness 🙂


sadie - May 15, 2022, 9:07 p.m.

This looks amazing! I wonder if it would suit tempeh? Thoughts?

PUL Team - May 16, 2022, 4:23 a.m.

Hey Sadie, that sounds like a lovely idea if you enjoy tempeh! Let us know if you test it out 🙂


Emmy - May 14, 2022, 5:39 a.m.

Just made this today, and it's delicious! My store didn't have extra firm tofu, so I got medium firm. The tofu didn't crisp up as much as I wanted, but it still turned out great. I ate it with some Chinese broccoli (a little bitter) but it actually pairs really well with the sweetness from the orange glaze.

PUL Team - May 15, 2022, 12:38 a.m.

So glad it was still enjoyed, Emmy! In case you're interested, sometimes we find pressing, adding more starch (such as an outer coat of cornstarch), or freezing tofu can help add more crispiness to softer varieties 🙂


Lisa - May 13, 2022, 9:10 p.m.

I just had this with rice and roasted broccoli and it was absolutely delicious. I only put about a quarter of the sriracha in, because I just can't handle spice. I also had to fry the tofu in a pan because my oven was occupied. Still turned out great. :D

PUL Team - May 15, 2022, 12:31 a.m.

Mmm sounds delicious, Lisa, thanks for sharing your experience with it 😃


Karolina - May 13, 2022, 1:51 p.m.

Just made it today and it instantly became our new favorite tofu recipe. Thank you.

PUL Team - May 14, 2022, 10:38 p.m.

A huge compliment, Karolina, thank you!


sara - May 13, 2022, 3:46 a.m.

love the recipe waiting to try it. can i use regular vinegar instead of rice wine vinegar?

PUL Team - May 13, 2022, 4:10 a.m.

Hey Sara! The taste will be a bit different, but it could still work out. You may want to start with less vinegar and add more to taste. If you give it a go, let us know how you find it 😊


Aly C - May 12, 2022, 11:54 p.m.

Just a heads up your Google ads were showing "how to get your bikini body" not sure if you have control over this at all. Didn't seem like something Pick up limes would align with.

PUL Team - May 13, 2022, 3:57 a.m.

Hey Aly, thanks a bunch for the heads up. We hope that PUL can be a space to support a positive relationship with our bodies so we'll be sure to look into it. Wishing you an abundance of health and wellness❣️

Aly - May 24, 2022, 2:11 p.m.

Aside from that, the recipe was delicious!!! 😊


Danielle - May 12, 2022, 6:56 p.m.

I can't wait to make this over the weekend. Question...have you tried making lentil or chickpea tofu? I found several recipes and would love to try it. Thank you for filling our minds, souls and bellies!

PUL Team - May 13, 2022, 3:43 a.m.

Hey Danielle, we haven't tried recently but have heard cool things about it! We'll note it down as an idea for future PUL content. We hope you enjoy the recipe if you're able to give it a try 😊


safiya - May 12, 2022, 5:55 p.m.

love this!