Tofu is a must on your grocery list. It’s a quick-to-cook and versatile ingredient. And really, what’s better than a delicious plate of general Tao tofu? This recipe has lots of sauce and green vegetable (steamed or grilled) as a side!
Besides, you can add a little homey taste to your recipe by switching up the brown sugar with maple syrup! Or you could simply use white sugar in the sauce mix.
Tofu is super handy: it can be kept for a long time in a fresh temperature (compared to animal protein) and is much more economical! The best recipe to enjoy tofu (for sceptics and unfaithful carnivores) is for sure this simple yet irresistible recipe!
Toasted sesame oil
Garlic cloves, chopped
Fresh ginger, shredded
Vegetable oil (to fry)
Salt and pepper
Green onions, minced
In a small pan, mix the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until the sauce thickens. Keep warm.
In a large thick pan or non-stick skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
Meanwhile, dice the tofu and pour the egg whites and oil on top. Season with salt and pepper. Mix the tofu with the wet ingredients. Add the cornstarch and mix again.
Place one or two tofu cubes onto the warm oil. If bubbles appear around the tofu and the cooking seems to start, the oil is ready. Delicately place a portion of the tofu cubes in the oil. Gently stir with a slotted spoon.
Cook for a few minutes until the tofu is golden and crispy. Then, place the cubes onto the paper towels. Repeat these steps until all the tofu is cooked.
Once the tofu is crispy, add it to the general Tao sauce. Sprinkle green onions and sesame seeds on top. Serve immediately with jasmine rice and grilled or steamed vegetables.
The second and third steps of this recipe are essential to get an extra crispy tofu. The coating and hot oil are the secret behind any great general Tao recipe! The cornstarch (or all-purpose flour) coating also works with animal proteins!
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