Meatless Monday: Pan-fried orange tofu with snap peas in 30 minutes

Skip the takeout, and get creative in the kitchen this Meatless Monday. With just a few ingredients, you can easily whip up this delicious homemade Asian dinner that’s vegetarian and reminiscent of the classic orange chicken dish.

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Extra-firm tofu is lightly pan-fried in toasted sesame oil until slightly golden. I added in some fresh and crisp green sugar snap peas and orange slices, and simmered it all in a homemade orange sauce.

This is a recipe you can easily adjust and use any vegetables you have on hand, and the sauce is also wonderful with chicken.

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Pan-fried orange tofu with snap peas recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes


For the sauce

  • 2 large oranges, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey or brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the tofu

  • 1 (1-pound) block extra-firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame or peanut oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas or snow peas
  • 1 large orange, sliced into half-moons
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. To a blender, add all the ingredients for the sauce, and blend on high for 1 minute or until smooth.
  2. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat, add the sesame oil and tofu, and cook for about 5 minutes per side.
  3. Add the sauce, cover the pan, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  4. Add the sugar snap peas and orange slices, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until the peas are tender.
  5. Garnish with cilantro, and serve warm.
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