Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers. Glutenfree Recipe - Vegan Richa (2024)

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I used to love love love oranges while growing up. The really juicy sweet and with minimal pith kind. Seeds were not much of a bother because of the huge sweet juice payoff. Those tropical oranges from India have never been found here.I luckily found a batch that was sweet enough and amazingly fresh and zesty.I used someto whip up this Orange sauce to serve with tofu, tempeh or just veggies tossed in it. Tofu is crisped up in a little oil and tossed in the sauce. Tempeh can be steamed with a little zest and chili paste and tossed in.

Zesty, orange, spicy, mouth watering! This Vegan Orange Tofu!

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Cook the tofu until golden on somesides.

Add garlic and pepper and cook for a minute. Move the tofu to the side.

Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.
Add more Sambal Oelek chili paste for a deeper color.

Taste and adjust spice. Serve hot.


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Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers. Glutenfree Recipe

This Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers is a great fix for weeknight dinner. Sweet and sour and zesty glaze on crispy Tofu.

Prep Time20 minutes mins

Cook Time20 minutes mins

Total Time40 minutes mins

Course: Main

Cuisine: Asian

Servings: 2

Calories: 236kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

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  • 2 to 3 tsp cornstarch use arrowroot to make corn-free, add more starch for thicker sauce and glaze
  • 2 Tbsp warm water 1/4 cup for thinner and more sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (low sodium) or liquid aminos
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup agave or 1 Tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp or more Asian Hot Chili paste/Sambal oelek or 2 tsp of Sriracha (or to taste)
  • Zest of 1 clementine or small orange
  • 1 Juice of 1 orange 1/3+ cup
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 7 oz firm Tofu , cubed, patted down with paper towels to remove excess moisture . I use Nasoya non gmo Organic.
  • 2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped/sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper thinly sliced


  • In a bowl, whisk cornstarch and water. Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple, hot chili sauce, orange juice and zest, and reserve.

  • Heat oil in a very large nonstick pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add tofu to pan and cook, browning on most sides, about 6-8 minutes. Cover the pan if there is too much sputtering. Add garlic and sliced bell pepper or blanched veggies and cook for half a minute. Add the sauce and cook until sauce begins to bubble(2-4 minutes). Then reduce heat, cover and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve with rice or other grains.



To make it with tempeh: Cube the Tempeh and cook for 10 minutes in 1/2 cup of boiling water + a tsp of Orange zest + 1 tsp asian chili paste or sriracha. Add the steamed tempeh to a pan with oil, garlic and veggies. Cook for a minute then add the sauce. Cook to thicken the sauce, them simmer covered for a few minutes and then serve.

Nutrition is 1 of 2 serves without rice


Nutrition Facts

Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers. Glutenfree Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 236Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Sodium 676mg29%

Potassium 436mg12%

Carbohydrates 28g9%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 20g22%

Protein 8g16%

Vitamin A 260IU5%

Vitamin C 61.7mg75%

Calcium 80mg8%

Iron 1.4mg8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Amy

    Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers. Glutenfree Recipe - Vegan Richa (10)
    We had some oranges to use up, and this stuff is SO good, wow! It reminds me of takeout in the best way possible. I made it as written with some tofu, but I’m thinking it’d be fantastic with soy curls too. Thanks so much, Richa! Your recipes never miss.


  2. Brian

    Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers. Glutenfree Recipe - Vegan Richa (11)
    Delicious spicy orange sauce. We added three diced Thai chilis for some more heat and simmered in a separate sauce pan. Fried the tofu and pepper with a light batter of cornstarch and flour then tossed in sauce after. Thank you, this was delicious.


  3. Ellie

    Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers. Glutenfree Recipe - Vegan Richa (12)
    This looks great! One thing I noticed was that you have said to either use two tablespoons of maple syrup, or to replace it with 1 tablespoon sugar, but maple syrup is sweeter than sugar, so should it be the other way around? Maple syrup has 5 grams of sugar per teaspoon, and cane sugar has 4. Thanks for sharing!


    • Richa

      yes maple is sweeter but flavor wise sugar feels sweeter in the dish, but you can add more if needed


  4. Patty

    I’ve made this several times and it’s delicious! I started making a double batch of the sauce and sometimes add extra veggies. Thank you for a great vegan gluten-free recipe! High five! Patty 😊


    • Richa



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