Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers and a Giveaway. Glutenfree Recipe

Spicy Orange Tofu | Vegan Richa

Fun new fact about me. 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. After a few years of trying the citrus varieties, I gave up on ever finding the sweet ones that I liked. 

The sweet folks at Cuties sent me a big box of Cuties Clementines in December. And these seedless, very sweet clementines changed the whole game! No struggling with peeling, no seeds and no need to remove minimal pith and strings and all the other stuff I would normally have remove by hand or mouth. The skin is absolutely fabulous too. Zest one of these and the whole house smells of a fresh orange. 

So apart from eating them up as is and juicing them, I used a lot of them to whip up this Orange sauce and served up tofu, tempeh or just veggies tossed in it. Tofu is crisped up in a little oil and tossed in the sauce. Tempeh is steamed with a little zest and chili paste and tossed in! 

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

Vegan Orange Tofu and Peppers | Vegan Richa

Cuties Clementines! non-gmo and rich in vitamins including A, vitamin B-6, niacin, thiamine and pantothenic acid. They are very rich in folate, potassium and vitamin C. Two Cuties provides you with nearly 300% of the daily allowance of vitamin C. 

Try this Savory Sriracha Quinoa Millet Orange Peanut Granola or this Crispy Orange Cauliflower with the cuties as well!

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Back to the recipe.

Cook the tofu until golden on the sides.

Add garlic and pepper and cook for a minute. Move the tofu to the side to reduce chances of it breaking apart. 

Add the sauce and cook to 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. 


Spicy Orange Tofu and Peppers
Allergy Information: Free of Dairy, egg, yeast, nut, gluten. Can be made corn-free
Serves 2 . Ready in 20

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 or liquid aminos
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp maple syrup, agave or 1 Tbsp raw sugar
1 or more Tbsp Asian Hot Chili paste/Sambal oelek, or 2 tsp of Sriracha (or to taste)
Zest of 1 cutie clementine or small orange
Juice of 1 cutie or orange (1/3+ cup)

1 Tbsp Oil
1/2 package of firm Tofu (14 oz), 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.

This saucy tofu is being shared at Allergy Free Wednesdays. rickis wellness weekend

I am giving away 3 coupons to use for a 5 lb bag of cuties! which you can redeem at your local grocery tore than carries them, hence open to US only. I will pick 3 winners next Monday.

Frauline, Annie and Anonymous have won the coupons! Please email me your mailing address at richahingle at gmail dot com. 

To Enter,  ** Giveaway is not over ***
- Please leave me a comment about the citrus variety that you love best, and a favorite dish you use them for.
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    • magdalena says

      I have a Satsuma Tangerine tree that is abundantly over flowing with fruit! I am getting back to health from 3 surgeries and was on the brink of going back to “no meat”…your recipe tilted my decision! With all my fruit I could invite family and friends over for a Spicy Vegan Orange Tofu & Peppers Party!

  1. says

    What a yummy looking dish. Reminds me of an orange chicken dish I used to get at our favourite Chinese restaurant when I was younger. Tofu is much better of course :D
    Those little clementines really are “cuties”.

  2. says

    Yum! I love the “cuties” style oranges the best, too. I use them in stir fries, like you show, and we all eat them out of hand. The grandkids love just eating them when they come over. I follow your blog, through FB I think — I’ll check and make sure I’m subscribed through email.

  3. says

    Yum! Looks great!
    I love kumquats (though they are a treat on account of the price)… just eat them raw usually, by themselves or in salads. Thanks for offering the coupons!

    I follow you via Feedly :)

  4. says

    The glaze looks out of this world, Richa! Clementines are so wonderful – got to eat them while they’re available cuz they don’t last long.

  5. says

    I’m a bit frugal so I love to get the regular (usually pretty small) oranges at the international market I go to (sometimes 5 or 6 pounds for a dollar here in Cali) and put them in a spinach salad. It sometimes turns into a veggie salad with most everything, but always plenty of oranges included.

  6. says

    what a great post. Cuties are so good, aren’t they!? I was going through boxes of cuties at a rate of 2 per week (along with my husband’s help) for a while there. Last week I bought pomelos at the farmers market instead. Basically, I really love citrus. :)

  7. says

    i love all citrus so much! i am a huge grapefruit addict, but i also recently discovered cara cara oranges and love them too! i think my favorite way to eat them (other than plain) is in an orange marmalade that still has some of the zest in it…yummmm

  8. Anonymous says

    sounds delish! I personally l love using the zest of those little cuties in baked cranberry orange breads or to throw in an extra kick to a chickpea broth-based soup (allowing my little guys to eat the cuties themselves) :)

  9. Joan Law says

    I just made this for dinner. It is wonderful! It was quick and easy. I used a big navel orange
    (from mother in law’s tree). My Chinese husband was surprised. He liked it a lot.

  10. says

    Love Cuties- super awesome for kids. My 4 year old has no problem with peeling his own and loves them. My favorite citrus is meyer lemon tho- I keep my home made lemon confit in the fridge at all times so it is available for cooking.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. says

    I love grapefruit best, but adore lemon for my tea. We buy tons of Cuties and give the boxes to the cats. There’s always a Cuties box on our living room floor (usually with a cat in it)!

  12. Terri Cole says

    I love clementines, Cara Cara oranges and Meyer lemons. I use the clementines and oranges for smoothies and just eating plain. Meyer lemons make delicious salad dressings and desserts.

    I will be making this orange tofu soon, it looks yummy!

    gaia (at) cinci (dot) rr (dot) com

  13. says

    I’ve never been one for those sweet-and-sour orange-flavored Chinese dishes that are ubiquitous on menus across the US, but brightened with the sweetness of clementines, I might be able to come around to the concept. It certainly does look delicious, at least!

  14. says

    For me its a toss up between mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and cara cara oranges. I don’t usually use them in any dishes, I just eat them on their own. Love citrus! I recently made an Isa Moskowitz recipe that involves mandarin oranges, tahini, tofu, bok choy, and quinoa. It was delicious!

  15. Anonymous says

    I like lemons, limes, & oranges in a variety of dishes.
    I have a quinoa and red bell pepper salad I particularly like that I put lime juice and zest into.
    A fun and delicious way to use all three fav citrus when company comes is simply in drinking water: slice orange, lemon, & lime very thin. Put into the bottom of a clear glass pitcher or a large mason jar and fill with filtered water. Pretty and yummy.
    My grandson LOVES cuties for a snack.

    I would love to have a case of cuties to play with.
    I look forward to checking my email each day to see what yummy ideas you might have sent there. Thanks. D Heartsong

  16. says

    This recipe looks amazing! I will definitely be trying it. My favorite citrus is lemon. I love it because its great to put in dishes that are accidentally too spicy — it tones down the spice!

    • says

      i am from the city known for ita oranges. so i really cant excape citrus even if i wanted to:)) it is a sweet and sour sauce! totally delicious!

  17. says

    I’m kind of allergic to citric acid. (I get eczema if I eat too much citrus or chocolate, so it’s not fatal and I still eat citrus anyway.) However, my favorite citrus fruit is probably limes! I also like cuties sometimes.

  18. Anonymous says

    All citrus is my favorite, but cuties are the best! So easy to peel and put on salads, have a few for a snack, or mixed with other fruit for dessert!

  19. says

    This is really delicious. How did you get that sauce to be so thick?? Is it the cornstarch and water? Or the cornstarch, water, and maple syrup combo?? New favorite stir fry for.sure.

  20. says

    I love cuties – I eat 2 every day. Everyone in my office keeps getting sick. I love to tell them that I haven’t had a cold in over 2 years…and it’s because I eat my citrus every day :)

  21. says

    My favorite citrus is lemons! I am Greek and grew up where lemon and oregano were used in sooo many dishes! One of my faves to make now is a Tofu and Celery in a Lemon Sauce! :)

  22. Katie says

    Pretty good. I just sliced persian cucumbers and ate as my side (didn’t want to eat or cook rice). I’ll add salt to my leftovers later, which’ll hopefully end the note. Just what my tastebuds want. I really enjoyed the dish. I’m happy the tempeh wasn’t so bitter, since it was boiled. Ha, and I didn’t know tempeh soaks in liquid (now I do). :)
    All in all: great recipe. I forgot to cook garlic, which is probably what was the missing note. Silly mistake.
    Oh, and I look forward to eating it with rice. I’ll make another batch in a few days, since I used 1/2 the packaged tempeh, and will be sure to cook and want rice. ;)

  23. Teri says

    I love all citrus so it’s difficult to pick a favorite. I usually cut it up and put it on leafy green salads, they are juicy enough that I don’t need a dressing. Thank you for the great recipes and the chance to win Cuties!


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