Crispy Honey Garlic Tofu Stir-Fry

By Alexandra Caspero on February 17, 2016

 Honey Garlic Baked Tofu, better than takeout! Crispy baked tofu nuggets in a sweet garlic sauce. Perfect over brown rice or steamed vegetables. 

Dinner time! And time for a giant pat on the back- to me. I am the queen of making grandiose plans and then rarely following through with them, so when I actually make a goal and stick with it- I want high fives all around. 

I declared 2016 my year of weeknight dinners. Which, I know sounds utterly ridiculous coming from both a dietitian and a food blogger. Shouldn’t I have this dinner thing down by now? Yes, but no.

Starting this January, I’ve been making weekly meal plans, grocery shopping for said plans and actually making what I intended! It’s like Christmas everyday. Of course, I’ve learned that dinner needs to be ready in 30 minutes, fairly simple to put together and satisfying to both BL and I. If my meal doesn’t fit the above criteria, I’m much more inclined to order take-out, chomp on cheese and crackers, or reheat some leftovers and call it a day.

Crispy Honey Garlic Tofu! Better than takeout! Crispy baked tofu nuggets in a sweet garlic sauce. Perfect over brown rice or steamed vegetables! Vegetarian. | www.delishknowledge.comCrispy Honey Garlic Tofu! Better than takeout! Crispy baked tofu nuggets in a sweet garlic sauce. Perfect over brown rice or steamed vegetables! Vegetarian. | www.delishknowledge.com

My latest dinner adventure is this Crispy Honey Garlic tofu! Baked, not fried, tofu cubes smothered in a sweet, garlic sauce. The real test is limiting how many cubes of tofu you sneak into your mouth before plating. I swear I ate 1/4 of the tofu as it was coming off of the pan and into the sauce. Perfectly faux-fried and dripping in deliciousness.

The funny thing about my dinner goal is that it has little to do with the actual food. Making time for dinner means I’m making quality time for BL and I. Carving out a half hour in our busy days to talk and connect is something that I’m trying to not take for granted. It’s also what keeps me coming back to making my grocery list each week. Even though it’s one more thing on my to-do list, it just may be the most important. If you’re in a dinner rut, make sure to follow along on Facebook where I share my weekly dinner plans.

Hope you enjoy this crispy honey garlic tofu as much as we did!

Crispy Honey Garlic Tofu! Better than takeout! Crispy baked tofu nuggets in a sweet garlic sauce. Perfect over brown rice or steamed vegetables! Vegetarian. | www.delishknowledge.com

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Honey Garlic Baked Tofu! Better than takeout! Crispy baked tofu nuggets in a sweet garlic sauce. Perfect over brown rice or steamed vegetables! Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. | www.delishknowledge.com

Crispy Honey Garlic Tofu Stir-Fry

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: vegetarian, tofu, dinner, healthy
  • Cuisine: chinese, healthy, vegetarian

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Crispy Honey Garlic Tofu! Better than takeout! Crispy baked tofu nuggets in a sweet garlic sauce. Perfect over brown rice or steamed vegetables! Vegetarian.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: vegetarian, tofu, dinner, healthy
  • Cuisine: chinese, healthy, vegetarian
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: vegetarian, tofu, dinner, healthy
  • Cuisine: chinese, healthy, vegetarian
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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk or almond milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (use homemade gluten-free or store bought gluten-free crumbs for GF version)
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat (or regular flour- use gluten-free flour for GF version)
  • 1/2 cup honey, or more, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Cooked Rice or Quinoa for serving (I used Planet Rice’s California Blonde rice here)
  • Sesame seeds, sliced scallions, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the milk, breadcrumbs and flour in separate shallow bowls.
  3. One at a time, dip a cube of tofu into the flour, then milk, and then the panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes until golden brown. Flip, then cook another 10-15 minutes until golden. Remove from oven.
  5. While the tofu is cooking, combine honey, garlic and soy sauce in a medium saucepan. In a separate bowl, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water, making sure the cornstarch is completely dissolved.
  6. Add the cornstarch mixture into the honey saucepan and heat the sauce over medium heat, stirring often, until thickened about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Place the honey mixture in a large bowl and gently toss with cooked tofu pieces
  8. Serve immediately over cooked rice or quinoa, drizzling on any remaining sauce.
  9. Garnish, if desired, with sesame seeds and sliced scallions.

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Honey Garlic Baked Tofu! Better than takeout! Crispy baked tofu nuggets in a sweet garlic sauce. Perfect over brown rice or steamed vegetables! Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. | www.delishknowledge.com

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    1. Lauren
      February 17, 2017 AT 4:47 am

      I saw this shared today and decided to make it as I had all of the ingredients. I heard the complaints from my boyfriend before I even started “ewwww tofu???” which quickly turned to “omg this is one of the most delicious things you’ve made so quickly”. definitely one for the weeknight rotation, especially when im short on time! Pressing the tofu wasn’t even required!

      1. Alex
        February 17, 2017 AT 8:48 am

        Love hearing that! Thanks Lauren.

    2. Joe Chase
      October 24, 2016 AT 2:52 pm

      Going for this tonight, going to treat the wifey!

    3. Diane Forrester
      March 25, 2016 AT 7:47 am

      I made this tonight for a quick healthy dinner. I put them in the oven at 400 F, but they just wouldn’t brown. I spritz them with olive oil after the first 15 minutes thinking that would help speed up the browning then put them back in for about another 10 minutes before flipping them. They ended up baking for about 45 minutes before I decided to take them out. Maybe if I didn’t use parchment paper, they may have browned better. I’ll try that next time. Other than that, my hubby and I loved them. I didn’t make the honey sauce – I made a dipping sauce so they were more like a snack that I served with a tomato/cucumber salad and broccoli. Excellent dinner.

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        March 27, 2016 AT 7:33 pm

        Thanks for the comment Diane! Try it again without parchment and see if that changes things. For mine, I use a baking stone and while they get crispy, they aren’t the same golden brown as they would be if I was deep-frying or sautéing. But, once it’s covered in sauce- it works! Glad you liked them!

      2. DK
        March 25, 2016 AT 1:14 pm

        Thanks for the comment Diane! Try it again without parchment and see if that changes things. For mine, I use a baking stone and while they get crispy, they aren’t the same golden brown as they would be if I was deep-frying or sautéing. But, once it’s covered in sauce- it works! Glad you liked them!

    4. Emily @ Zen & Spice
      March 2, 2016 AT 6:57 pm

      I just made this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING! Seriously, best tofu dish ever. My fiance also loved it, and he’s a meat n’ potatoes type of guy. He thought I had deep dried it, it was so crispy. And the honey sauce was divine! 🙂

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        March 27, 2016 AT 7:34 pm

        So glad you liked it! Thanks so much for the kind comment!

    5. Min
      February 18, 2016 AT 5:58 am

      Haha I can tell you right now that there won’t be much to plate! Patience is not my virtue. Love your new dinner “arrangement,” and I get the sense that the love that you guys share will blossom with every meal hehe

    6. Min
      February 18, 2016 AT 5:58 am

      Haha I can tell you right now that there won’t be much to plate! Patience is not my virtue. Love your new dinner “arrangement,” and I get the sense that the love that you guys share will blossom with every meal hehe

    7. Dixya Bhattarai RD
      February 17, 2016 AT 8:14 pm

      i am typing this as i put a big piece of tofu in my mouth…i am all about 30 minutes or less dinner, so this is definitely going to happen one of these days 🙂

    8. Katie @ Produce on Parade
      February 17, 2016 AT 5:36 pm

      Hot diggity! You are the queen of fancy tofu, my lady. This looks incredible, Todd will just love it. It’s right up his alley. I think agave nectar will be a perfect vegan replacement for the honey! Pinned!! 🙂 Also, I feel you with the dinner squeeze!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        March 27, 2016 AT 7:37 pm

        Totally agree- and so ironic for a “food blogger” that I can’t figure out dinner! Ah! 🙂 If you do try this with agave I’d love to know so I can update the notes!

    9. Katie @ Produce on Parade
      February 17, 2016 AT 5:36 pm

      Hot diggity! You are the queen of fancy tofu, my lady. This looks incredible, Todd will just love it. It’s right up his alley. I think agave nectar will be a perfect vegan replacement for the honey! Pinned!! 🙂 Also, I feel you with the dinner squeeze!

    10. Rebecca @ Strength & Sunshine
      February 17, 2016 AT 2:12 pm

      Ah, major tofu envy!!
      Cooking dinner every night is such a pleasure for me! It signals me that it’s time to start relaxing and winding down!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        February 17, 2016 AT 2:33 pm

        That’s such a good way to look at it! Dinner signals the end of the day, time to stop work and enjoy other things- love that Rebecca!