Tofu and Veggies in a Chinese Orange Sauce

I visited my boyfriends family in San Diego over the Holidays.  One night someone made an Orange Chicken, and I couldn’t help but miss that sweet, tangy flavor.  So I decided to make my own veggie style version!


This recipe is actually super easy and quick compared to some of my others, it will basically just take you as long as it takes to cook some rice, even less time if you do this dish without it!  This recipe makes a decent amount of sauce, if you’re not someone who typically likes much sauce – perhaps half the Sauce recipe.

Ingredients for the Orange Sauce

  • 5 or 6 Small Oranges Juiced (About 3/4 C Orange Juice)
  • 1/2 C Vegetable Broth
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 T Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 1 T Rice Vinegar
  • 1 T Honey (or other sweetener as desired)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Pressed/Minced
  • 1 T Minced Ginger
  • Sesame Oil
  • Optional: Thickening Agent for a less runny sauce

Main Dish Ingredients

  • 2 Green Onions
  • 1/2 C Peas
  • 1 Crown of Broccoli
  • Quarter of a Red Onion Diced
  • Peppers Of Choice (I use mini sweet pepper)
  • 1 to 2 C Cooked Rice
  • Optional – throw in any other veggies you’d like!
  • Tofu
  • Oil for Frying – I use a high heat coconut oil.


  1. In a small sauce pan combine all the Sauce Ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasonings, flavors as desired.  If you want a thicker sauce, add a thickening agent once you’ve reached the desired flavor.
  2. Lightly cook whatever veggies you want to include in this dish, or leave them raw.  I usually throw the broccoli florets and red onion on a warm pan, cover and cook for a few minutes, or until bright green, but still crisp.
  3. For the tofu, cut into small cubes, and add to very hot oil carefully. (You’ll want enough to fry in, few tablespoons should do). Let cook untouched for a few minutes, and start patiently flipping the cubes.  Continue process until crispy and golden brown. Remove promptly, add salt and pepper and place on paper towel to soak up any excess oil.
  4. Plate by adding veggies over some rice and spooning on the orange sauce.