Fri. Jun 18th, 2021

This Sweet and Sour Tofu is one of my favorite comfort foods ever of my favorite takeout! The tofu is crisp with a perfect texture and the sweet and sour sauce is unbelievably delicious! It comes together quickly and tastes amazing as meal prep too!

INGREDIENTS

Crispy Tofu

  • 1 block of firm or extra firm tofu pressed, and torn into 1 to 2 inch pieces*
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce gluten free if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar I use cane sugar, you can use brown or any granulated
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar preferably rice or white
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce gluten free if needed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped/cubed pineapple
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds for garnish
  • chopped scallion for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

Crispy Tofu

  • In a medium-sized bowl place the pressed and torn tofu pieces. Add the soy sauce and toss to coat. Add in the garlic powder, sea salt, ground black pepper and cornstarch and toss to thoroughly combine, ensuring all the tofu pieces are covered with the seasonings and the cornstarch.
  • Heat a pan or wok over medium-high heat, and add the oil. When hot, add the tofu and toss to crisp up on all sides until the tofu is cooked and crisped on all sides, about 5 to 8 minutes. Feel free to do this in batches if desired. Remove tofu pieces and set aside.

Sweet and Sour Sauce + Putting it All Together

  • In the same pan, lower the heat to over medium-high heat, and add in the onions, pineapples and bell peppers.
  • Saute until the onions are translucent and the pineapples are slightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water, soy sauce, and garlic powder for the sweet and sour sauce and stir together until fully combined.
  • Pour in the sauce over the veggies. Add back in the crisped up tofu, and stir to combine. Bring to a slight boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened up. Taste test and add more sugar or soy sauce if you desire. Remove from heat until needed.
  • Remove from heat and top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve and enjoy!
Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe (Vegan) - Jessica in the Kitchen

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