We combine everything you love about Chinese takeout—the sweet, savory, spicy sauce; the super-crispy tofu; and the crisp-tender, perfectly caramelized vegetables—into one quick vegetarian main. Celery takes on a leading role rather than a base ingredient here: It maintains its crunch, adds a natural saltiness, and is a nice foil to the more robust flavors in the dish. Szechuan here refers to the stir-fry method rather than a tingling, chile-laden heat. If you want more spice, swap the crushed red pepper for one or two very thinly sliced Thai red chiles.
12 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 3/4-in. cubes
3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup unsalted vegetable stock, divided
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
3 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups thinly diagonally sliced celery
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted ketchup
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
Est. added sugars 1g
How to Make It
Pat tofu dry with paper towels. Place 7 teaspoons cornstarch in a large bowl. Add tofu; toss to coat. Remove tofu from bowl. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add tofu; cook 6 minutes or until golden and crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove tofu to a plate with a slotted spoon.
Combine remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch and 1/4 cup stock in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir in remaining 3/4 cup stock, soy sauce, vinegar, and hoisin.
Add cauliflower to remaining oil in pan; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add celery and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add ketchup and pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring to coat. Add stock mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until liquid is slightly thickened. Add cooked tofu; toss. Top with green onions.