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vegan glazed lemon tofu

Easy Vegan Glazed Lemon Tofu

Vaishali · Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes
Food should always be as delicious as this Glazed Lemon Tofu. It's tangy with fresh lemon and zest, spicy with ginger and red pepper flakes, sweet with maple syrup and salty with a dash of soy sauce or tamari. Takes under 30 minutes to make, you don't have to turn on the oven, and you can even make it in one pot. Vegan, nut-free and gluten-free.

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese fusion, gluten-free, nut-free, Vegan
Servings 4
Calories 240 kcal


  • 16 oz super firm tofu (cut into 4 slices lengthwise, then each of those slices cut into 3 for a total of 12 pieces)

For the marinade:

For the sauce:


  • Place the skillet on medium heat. Place the slices of tofu on it and pour on the marinade, ingredients. Dredge the tofu through the marinade using a fork or a pair of tongs to make sure each slice is coated on all sides. Continue browning the tofu over medium-high heat until each side turns golden-brown. Remove and set aside. When cool enough to handle, cut into cubes.
  • In the same skillet, mix the lemon juice, half the zest, 1/2 cup of vegetable stock, maple syrup, ginger, garlic, tamari and red pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  • Whisk the tapioca starch or cornstarch with the remaining 1/4 cup of vegetable stock and add it to the sauce, stirring rapidly as you mix. The sauce should thicken almost immediately. Let it come to a boil, then add the cubed tofu back to the pan and continue cooking another 3-5 minutes until the sticky sauce glazes the tofu but you still have enough sauce left over to spoon over your rice. Check if you need salt, stir in the sesame seeds and turn off the heat.
  • Serve.


Calories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 18gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 350mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 168IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 19mg
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