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Crispy Tofu in Garlic Sauce

This easy and delicious vegan crispy tofu in garlic sauce will be a new favorite! Comes together in less than 30 minutes and loaded with flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword dairy free chinese food, dairy free dinner, dairy free main course, dairy free recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 220kcal
Author LarishaBernard


  • 1 package extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (can sub with arrowroot powder)

For the Garlic Sauce

Serve With

  • cooked rice, quinoa, noodles
  • steamed broccoli or sautéed spinach
  • sesame seeds, optional


  • Press and drain tofu by either wrapping in a towel and placing a heavy bottomed pot on top for 30 minutes or using a tofu press to go faster.
  • Start to prepare your rice, quinoa, or noodles if serving with this dish. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup sesame oil, soy sauce, arrowroot powder, and optional garlic chili sauce. *Add in 1/2 tsp for a little heat or 1 tsp for a bit more.  
  • Once tofu is pressed, slice in half and then into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Add tofu to a bowl and toss in 2 tbsp cornstarch until all the tofu has been coated.
  • Add to an air fryer and cook for 5 minutes. Then toss and cook for another 5 minutes or until desired crispiness. (may need another 3-5 minutes).
    *If you don't have an air fryer, pan fry in sesame oil to get crispy or bake if desired.
  • While air frying, make the sauce by combining everything in a small bowl and whisking together.
  • Right before tofu is done, add sauce to a skillet over medium heat and let cook until it begins to thicken.
  • Add in the crispy tofu and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring to coat all the tofu with the sauce.
  • Remove from heat and serve over rice or other optional dish. 



**Nutritional facts are just estimates. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. Does not include nutritional values for what you serve dish over (rice, quinoa, etc) 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 803mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg