Orange Lacquered Tofu


30 minutes or fewer

This recipe proves that you don’t need a lot of fancy ingredients to create a dish with sophisticated flavor. Serve with baked sweet potatoes and steamed collard greens or cut the tofu into cubes and toss them with Asian noodles.

  • SERVINGServings


  • 1/4 cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. orange juice
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 1 14-oz. pkg. extra-firm tofu, drained well and cut crosswise into 8 1/2-inch-thick slices


  1. Combine tamari, orange juice, syrup and sesame oil in medium bowl; whisk to blend. Season to taste with pinch of freshly ground black pepper (or cayenne, for a little more bite).
  2. Spray large cast-iron or nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add tofu, and cook, without disturbing, about 7 minutes, until crisp and golden. Turn over, and cook about 5 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
  3. Pour in tamari mixture, and shake pan back and forth to coat tofu. Reduce heat to medium; cook 2 to 3 minutes, until sauce is syrupy and tofu is glazed (sauce will get sticky if cooked longer). Serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 4
  • Calories: 138
  • Carbohydrate Content: 5 g
  • Fat Content: 8 g
  • Fiber Content: 1 g
  • Protein Content: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 390 mg
  • Sugar Content: 3 g