Healthy Recipes: Ma Po Tofu recipe

Ma Po is a Chinese recipe for tofu in a savory sauce with ground pork. We used roasted unsalted cashews instead.


Total time to prepare: 20 minutes


14 oz. extra-firm tofu, drained
2 Tbs. canola oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ cup finely chopped cashews, unsalted
½ cup orange juice
3 Tbs. lower-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. corn starch
2 scallions, sliced
2 cups cooked brown rice
6 cups steamed broccoli florets


–Cut the tofu into 12 three-quarter-inch-thick slabs. Blot well with a paper towel.

–In a large non-stick pan, sauté the tofu in 1 Tbs. of the oil for 2 minutes per side. Remove the tofu. Sauté the garlic in the remaining 1 Tbs. of oil for 1 minute. Add the red pepper flakes and cashews and sauté for 1 minute.

–In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, soy sauce, corn starch, and ½ cup of water. Add to the pan and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes.

–Pour the sauce over the tofu and garnish with the scallions. Serve with rice and broccoli.

Serves 4.

Nutrition Information:
Per Serving—
Calories: 380
Sodium: 440 mg
Total Fat: 18 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 40 g
Protein: 18 g
Fiber: 7 g

One Reply to “Healthy Recipes: Ma Po Tofu recipe”

  1. Ma po tofu is a favorite of mine………I use TVP in place of pork……no OJ but but blackbean and garlic sauce……….Thank you Jaden Hair.

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