Close up picture of vegan and gluten free Orange Cashew Chicken Recipe with cashews and glaze on parchment paper and a fork

Wow I am SO excited to bring you guys the vegan version of one of your favorite recipes, the no sugar added orange cashew chicken! I have to say…I may even like this version better!

Saucey, glazed tofu with crunchy cashews, fluffy rice, and roasted veggies. My ideal meal! It has all the flavor, with none of the sugar or added junk from regular take out. I honestly prefer this to take out any day! It tastes just as delicious, but leaves me feeling good afterwards!

It’s a sweet and sticky sauce with the most addicting flavor. Without any added sugars!! I am forever blow away by how this sauce turns out every time. It is truly so delicious and made with such simple ingredients!

This orange cashew tofu is gluten free, too! It’s made with coconut aminos in place of soy sauce, for a gluten free and lower sodium sauce.

Vegan Orange Cashew Tofu Recipe up close with Orange Glaze, Cashews, and Sesame Seeds on plate

I knew this was a winner when Blake continuously was requesting the vegan version of this dish. We have been making this weekly, so I knew it was time to put it together in actual recipe form. You guys are seriously going to love this!

Vegan and Gluten Free Orange Cashew Chicken with sesame seeds served in lettuce wraps with white rice on a plate

We love serving this with:

  • Lettuce wraps and cauliflower rice
  • White or brown rice and roasted broccoli
  • Over a bed of sautéed cabbage and quinoa

This meal comes together in about 45 minutes start to finish (even less if you aren’t cooking rice), and you will not believe how good it is. It’s the perfect flavor and texture combo- and it’s super simple to make.

I always have the ingredients for this dish on hand. This will quickly become a staple weeknight meal for you- trust me!

**Note: I do not recommend replacing the coconut aminos with anything- soy sauce or tamari will be too slaty in this recipe!

Enjoy and be sure to leave a rating and review if you give this one a try! xx

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Orange Cashew Tofu

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 23 servings 1x


Gluten free and vegan orange cashew tofu. Made with no added sugar and super simple ingredients!



For the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos*
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Juice of 1 orange 
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger or 1 inch piece of fresh ginger minced 
  • Few good cracks of black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste

For the tofu:

  • 14 oz extra firm tofu, pressed to remove excess liquid and cut into squares or cubes
  • Sea salt 
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup cashews

Serve with:

  • rice, quinoa, or noodles
  • roasted or steamed veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, etc.)
  • green onion 
  • sesame seeds


  1. If serving with rice and veggies, prep those first. 
  2. Press the tofu using a tofu press, or by wrapping in paper towels and placing between a cutting board and anything heavy (stack of books, heavy plate or pan, etc.). Allow to press for 15-20 minutes, then season with sea salt.
  3. Next, make the sauce by whisking all ingredients together until well combined.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat with the avocado oil. Once hot, add the tofu and sear on each side for 3-4 minutes, until crispy. 
  5. Remove tofu from the pan and carefully drain excess oil into a small bowl.
  6. Reduce heat to medium low and return tofu to the pan. Stir in sauce and cashews. Allow sauce to thicken while occasionally spooning the glaze over the top of the tofu. Simmer for 5-7 minutes and serve.


*I do not recommend subbing the coconut aminos with soy sauce or another alternative- the sauce will be too salty!

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch + Dinner, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian


Jan 20, 2020

No Sugar Added Orange Cashew Tofu (gluten free, vegan)

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  1. Gillian says:

    As a vegetarian, I was super excited to see this recipe adapted to use tofu! I’m definitely going to be adding this into my staple meals!! The sauce is so tasty.

  2. Allison says:

    Made this last night and it was delicious! I could eat Asian food every day!

  3. Cassidy says:

    This was so easy to make and delicious!!

  4. Julia T Castor says:

    Made it last night and it is BOMB. So easy to make and the sauce is delicious, the citrus packs a nice punch. My husband already requested that we add to our rotation of recipes. Thank you for this vegetarian version!

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      Yay! Thank you Julia. My husband actually requests this version over the chicken version- it’s our fave! So glad you both enjoyed it 🙂

  5. Eliza says:

    Great!! sauce was a bit too salty for me, maybe add a little less soy sauce and taste as you go! love the tofu!

  6. Victoria says:

    Super delicious! Loving be vegan options 😀

  7. Nora says:

    This was so good and so easy to make!! My husband who “hates tofu” downed this in a few minutes 🙂

  8. Meg says:

    This is an all time favorite of mine! TOTALLY satisfies the takeout craving, I could absolutely drink the sauce! Can always count on you for the best weeknight recipes!

  9. Gabby Paolini says:

    This recipe was a hit!! The sauce is sooo flavorful and I was able to make a couple meals for the week out of it. It was way easier than I expected and so good.

  10. Malgie says:

    I love this dish!!! such an easy weeknight meal! we often add broccoli for an extra crunch.

  11. Katherine says:

    Can’t get over how good this recipe was! My far-from-vegetarian boyfriend went back for seconds, and I could have drank the sauce. The recipe was also very easy– we had with Jasmine rice and frozen stir fry veggies

  12. Dana says:

    This meal is heaven, and reheats well too…will definitely be making this again!

  13. Gabby says:

    100% amazing! My bf (who says he doesn’t like tofu) loved this! The cashews are a great crunch! It stays well in the fridge, we had it for leftovers with some of the anti-inflammatory rice, and my bf said its the best meal he has had in a long time!
    Thank you!

  14. Allie Wahrman says:

    Can you use cornstarch in place of tapioca?

  15. Paige says:

    I made this with cornstarch instead of tapioca, and soy sauce instead of coconut aminos because that’s all I had at the time and the sauce turned out too thick and too salty which overpowered the orange flavour (…my own fault for not following the recipe though, lol *face palm*) – so for anyone looking to make those substitutions that I did, I wouldn’t recommend! It was still tasty but next time I will follow the recipe as written!!

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      ah yes soy sauce is way salty compared to coconut aminos so i don’t recommend subbing! i’m sorry you didn’t have luck with it!

  16. Maggie says:

    Great and quick!

  17. Christina O'Leary says:

    This recipe reminds me of childhood! Ordering orange chicken from the local Chinese restaurant! Except this is WAYYYYYY BETTER! This is the best “orange” sauce I’ve ever had. I put it on everything! This recipe is one of my staples and SOOOOOO delicious and easy to make!!!!!! Thanks, Mia!!!!

  18. Noa says:

    Delicious and easy!

  19. Ly Nguyen says:

    This was amazing!! I used reduced sodium soy sauce and corn starch because I didn’t have the other ingredients but it was amazing! No leftovers from this meal!!

  20. Niko says:

    I love this recipe! It’s my favorite way to eat tofu. So fun and easy and EVERYONE I cook it for absolutely loves it. Thanks for another delicious recipe!

  21. Kerri says:

    I make this once a week and I can’t get enough of it. I even made it for my Dad who isn’t big on meat free dinners and he asked me for the recipe and has been making it himself. So easy, so yummy, and so satisfying.

  22. Eliza says:

    This has become a staple Sunday dinner! So easy to put together and the flavor always delivers. Love this!

  23. Stephanie says:

    This meal is amazing!!! I could literally eat it every night. It is definitely going on the rotation! Thank you for another super delicious recipe! Love it!

  24. Laura O says:

    Love this recipe! It’s so fragrant and full of flavour. Love that it’s low in oil and sugar-free without compromising any of the flavour. Great creation Mia, this will become a new staple at home :).

  25. Kellen says:

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious! My husband isn’t always the biggest fan of tofu, but we are both excited to make it again tomorrow night!

  26. Jillian says:

    This is incredible!! I could drink this sauce. The taste is amazing and you’d never guess it’s made with such clean ingredients!

  27. Maddie says:

    First time cooking with tofu and really happy with how it turned out! I also only had soy sauce on hand, the grocery store was out, luckily we had the reduced sodium so it wasn’t too terribly salty. I’m looking forward to making this with coconut aminos next time! So easy and quick for a weeknight dinner.

  28. Sofie says:

    My favorite dish ever!! So easy to put together yet so delicious, beautiful presentation too if you garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. I pair this with white rice and veggies and it hits the spot everytime 🙂

  29. Gabby says:

    SO GOOD! I was surprised at how easy this was to make. The sauce is so good and I didn’t feel terrible after eating it as I might with takeout. I don’t eat meat very often (maybe once a week) and I’m glad I found this awesome tofu recipe.

  30. Alex says:

    I LOVE this recipe!! I’ve tried cooking tofu so many times and have never liked it – this is the first time that I’ve LOVED it! Plus the cashews are the perfect crunch to go with the tofu and sauce.

  31. Colleen says:

    This sauce was so tasty! Made this for my husband who isn’t a big tofu fan and he even thought it was “pretty dang good”! I added baby carrots, roasted broccoli and the Trader Joe’s chili lime cashews and served over rice and was enough for 4 servings.

  32. Alaina says:

    Delicious and a perfect amount of sweetness!!

  33. Megan R LaMariana says:

    I make this at least once a week for my boyfriend and I we’re OBSESSED. Mia your recipes are insane <3

  34. Melina says:

    Hi Mia! I’m going to make this tonight and wanted to know approx how much orange juice it is? Reason I ask is in ave massive navel oranges ! Not sure if it will be too much! Thx :)) I’ll report back with my rating after! Love all your recipes

  35. Rachel Robertson says:

    Meh. The tomato paste masked all of the other flavors. Sauce texture was good, so maybe I’d try it again but without the tomato paste.

  36. Kiera Kennette says:

    I love this recipe! I have made it with both tofu and chicken and the sauce is amazing! Super easy to make which is the best!

  37. Charli says:

    This was so tasty!! I’ve been wanting a quick and easy dish like this to add to my list! I didn’t read the note about no soy sauce before I left the grocery, but I ended up using a third to half a 1/3 cup of soy sauce and didn’t think it was too salty at all. It made the sauce less liquidy though, so when added to the tofu, it thickened up quickly. I can’t imagine it changed much because the dish was delicious. Will be making this often!

  38. Anna R says:

    My bf and I made this with the rainbow noodle salad and both were incredible! Cant wait to make this tofu again!

  39. Nikki P says:

    Ive been looking for a great “orange chicken” replica recipe that is vegan and doesn’t have added sugar—this is SO delicious, and worth the TLC that goes into making the sauce from scratch! Love!!

  40. Sydney says:

    This is hands down one of the best tofu dishes I’ve ever made. So flavorful and well cooked. I made mine into lettuce wraps but cannot wait to try these over a bed of rice and veggies.

  41. nini says:

    loved!! thank you mia, so easy and delicious, perfect cozy dinner 🙂 I serve it with jasmine rice and sauteed spinach.

  42. Jaclyn Gordon says:

    Most delicious and easy week night meal! I love this when I am trying to eat meatless – thanks Mia!

  43. Tara says:

    This recipe has quickly made it’s way into the weeknight rotation! It’s so so good, super easy to follow!

  44. Tasneem says:

    Hi does anyone know how many calories are in this whole dish aswell as grams of protein? It looks divine ❤️🥰

  45. Madeleine says:

    Loved the orange sauce with the tofu!! I will definitely will make again!

  46. Emilia P says:

    One of my favorite recipes ever! So simple and delicious, I make it every other week. I usually sub red chili paste for the tomato paste for an extra spicy kick.

  47. Keeley says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. My husband, 3 year old and 15 month old absolutely loved it. I didn’t have oranges, so I used 1/3 cup of orange juice. Served with white rice and broccoli. This is definitely going on the rotation. I always come back to this blog for reliably good, unique, and not-too-complex recipes. Thank you, Mia!

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