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Easy kung pao tofu made with simple ingredients.
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Kung Pao Tofu

This Westernized Kung Pao Tofu is an easy, delicious, spin on the Chinese favorite. Healthy, flavorful, and delicuos--made with pantry staples, you'll love this recipe!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian Takout-Style, Asian-Inspired, Chinese
Keyword Kung pao tofu, Vegan kung pao chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 148kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE TOFU

  • 1 14 oz block of tofu pressed, drained, and cubed
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or sweetner of your choice

FOR THE KUNG PAO SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or tamari for GF
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar or sweetner of choice
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ginger grated or finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional - for heat

FOR THE STIR FY

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 green bell peppers diced
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup raw peanuts peeled, unsalted

Instructions

FOR THE TOFU

  • Preheat your oven to 420 degrees F.
  • Press and cube your tofu for 30 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the pressed tofu, cornstarch or arrowroot, and sugar and whist together. Let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • On a parchment-lined baking sheet, space the tofu and bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway thorughout.

FOR THE KUNG PAO SAUCE

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the kung pao sauce.

FOR THE STIR FRY

  • Add the olive oil, diced bell peppers, onions, and peanuts to a medium pan and saute over medium heat for ten minutes. Add the kung pao sauce and simmer until it thickens (about 5 minutes), and gently toss in the tofu.
  • Serve as is or over rice and enjoy.

Notes

*For GF: use tamari instead of soy sauce.
*If you have concerns about cornstarch, I suggest using arrowroot powder/starch--it will achieve the same result without any of the pesticide concerns. 
*Leftovers will save in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
*Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate, and not always accurate.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg