This General Tso’s tofu recipe is a fantastic vegetarian dinner. It’s a perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy.
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
The original recipe uses dried Szechuan peppers
, which are the small red peppers you’ll find in many Chinese dishes. Since most people don’t have these in the pantry, I swapped them out for crushed red pepper. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper will add a very mild heat to the sauce; use 1 teaspoon (or more) for some spiciness.
If you want to see the process for adding dried red peppers to the dish, check out the original recipe from Minimalist Baker. She adds a step to stir fry them along with the scallions.
If you don’t have a microplane zester to use with the ginger, you can use the smallest setting on a box grater or finely chop it with a chef’s knife. The flavor disperses more evenly if you grate it with a zester.