This vegan sheet pan cashew tofu is inspired by some of my favorite takeout meals. Includes a mix of tofu, cashews, vegetables baked along with a light and flavorful sauce. Comes together in just 20 minutes for the perfect dinner meal.
Take Out Inspiration
Before going vegan, one meal I remember fondly ordering regularly from my favorite China Town restaurant in Philadelphia was Cashew Chicken. Cashew Chicken is a Chinese American dish that traditionally is stir fried in a wok. It normally includes chicken, roasted cashews and vegetables combined with a light sauce that includes a mix of soy sauce, hoisin sauce (Chinese BBQ sauce) and garlic. Similarly, you will see similar combinations of ingredients and variations throughout different types of cuisine including Thai and even Haitian dishes.
I love supporting my local Asian restaurants by ordering vegan versions of my favorite dishes, but this dish in particular isn’t available by me, and I have missed it a lot. So drawing from inspiration from this dish, I thought to share this Sheet Pan Cashew Tofu to hopefully help anyone that might be missing their favorite meals at the moment. As you will note in the recipe notes and method of preparation, this will not be an authentic preparation of this dish, but still comes out delicious. On that note, you also might be interested in my Garlic Chili Tofu with Peanut Sauce or my Sweet & Sour Chickpeas.
Why you’ll love this sheet pan recipe
- This meal is both quick and easy to put together and uses minimal ingredients to help amp up the flavor of the vegetables and tofu.
- In total, this dish takes only 15 minutes to bake on a sheet pan.
- This is vegan and can be made gluten free.
- Tofu: We’re using extra firm and make sure to press out as much water as you can
- Vegetables of Choice: I chose broccoli, red bell pepper and some red onion as my base
- Cashews: They add such a good texture to the dish and taste amazing when roasted
- Soy Sauce: You can make this gluten free by opting for gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos
- Hoisin Sauce: Provides a salty and slight sweet flavor to the dish
- Garlic & Ginger: Fresh is best for both
How to make this sheet pan recipe
Start by making your sauce. Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat and stir well, allowing to thicken. Once prepared, remove from heat and set your oven to 400F.
In a bowl, break off small pieces of tofu from the block you pressed (feel free to also just cube your tofu) and add 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce over the tofu cubes. Toss the tofu and sauce together to coat.
On a lined sheet pan sprayed with oil, spread out your tofu, cashews and chopped vegetables. Season generously and add an extra spray of oil to coat well, then place the sheet pan in the oven to cook for 15 minutes.
Once cooked, pour over your remaining sauce and toss to combine with the sheet pan ingredients then serve.
What does hoisin sauce taste like?
Hoisin sauce is a Chinese condiment made from fermented soy beans. It is thick and has a salty component that is balanced out with a little sweetness. The closest comparison to taste and texture would be comparing it to barbecue sauce except much saltier. It is a very unique taste, so I do recommend not making substitutions to this if you can. You can use it in other recipes and also as a dipping sauce.
Swaps and Add Ins
You can make this sheet pan recipe with a lot of different modifications. If you are not a fan of tofu, try making this dish with chickpeas. Make this gluten free by replacing the soy sauce with coconut aminos or gluten free soy sauce. I do recommend if you can get your hands on the hoisin sauce, to use that and not replace it. If you can’t find hoisin sauce, you can try omitting it or you can replace it with barbecue sauce or even molasses. It won’t taste exactly the same, but should work in a pinch.
What to pair with your sheet pan cashew tofu
You can pair the tofu and vegetables along with some rice or quinoa and garnish with some extra sesame seeds, red pepper flakes and sliced scallions.
How to store leftovers
If you are planning to meal prep this recipe, feel free to divide into 4 portioned airtight containers along with sides as desired. You can store leftovers for up to 4 days and reheat as desired.
More one pan recipes to try
This vegan cashew tofu sheet pan is inspired by some of my favorite takeout meals. Includes a mix of tofu, cashews, vegetables baked along with a light and flavorful sauce. Comes together in just 20 minutes for the perfect dinner meal.
Sheet Pan Cashew Tofu
- 1 (450g) block extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
- 1 head broccoli, cut into thumb sized florets
- 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 1/4 medium red onion, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, minced
- 1 scallion, sliced
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- Set oven to 400F. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add your sauce ingredients and whisk until it simmers and thickens slightly, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a bowl, break off tofu into bite sized chunks and pour over two tablespoons of sauce and toss to coat.
- On a lined baking sheet sprayed with oil, add your tofu, broccoli, pepper, cashews and onion and spread out evenly allowing enough space for everything to roast evenly.
- Sprinkle with some pepper and salt and spray the top of the veggies with a small amount of oil.
- Place the sheet pan in the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and toss with remaining sauce.
Press your tofu to make sure as much water is drawn out of it as possible. This will impact the texture and whether the tofu crisps up in the oven as it bakes.
I don’t recommend replacing the hoisin sauce, but if you can’t find it, you can either omit or replace with barbecue sauce or a little molasses.
Feel free to sub out vegetables based on your preference. You can also sub out soy sauce for gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos. Also, feel free to sub tofu for chickpeas if preferred.
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