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Top view of the a bowl of brown rice served with garlic "honey" tofu on the side with wilted spinach and sliced spring onion.

Vegan Garlic “Honey” Tofu

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  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan garlic “honey” tofu feels like take out food without the hassle or expense. Made sweet with a combo of agave and apple juice.



Vegan Garlic “Honey” Tofu

  • 1 block (450 g) of pressed extra firm tofu or super firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp oil or cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce (make gluten free by using coconut aminos)
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup or your favorite liquid sweetener
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp garlic chili paste (optional)
  • 1 tbsp apple juice (or 1/4 wedge of lemon juice)
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger, minced
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 2 handfuls of spinach


Prepare Tofu

  1. Cut tofu into equal sized cubes.
  2. To a freezer bag, add tofu cubes, cornstarch, nutritional yeast, lemon pepper, and salt. Seal bag and gently shake to coat with mixture.
  3. Bring a pan with oil to medium heat then add in tofu and allow to cook evenly on one side for 4-5 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional few minutes until golden.

Prepare Sauce

  1. As tofu is cooking, prepare sauce by adding soy sauce, syrup, mirin, chili paste, juice, garlic, ginger and scallions.
  2. Remove tofu from pan and slightly lower heat. Add in sauce and stir and cook for 30 seconds then add back in tofu and 2 handfuls of spinach.
  3. Stir well to allow spinach to wilt and tofu to coat itself with the sauce. Serve with extra scallions on top along with some rice.



If using super firm tofu, just remove from packaging and cut into even cubes. If using extra firm tofu, drain tofu and gently press excess water out of the tofu using a tofu press or by applying equal pressure on each side of the tofu and gently pressing excess water out.