Five-Spice Tofu Triangles


Chinese five-spice powder is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. It makes a great spice rub and can also be tossed with roasted vegetables.

  • 4Servings


  • 4 tsp. black sesame seeds
  • 4 wide strips orange zest, sliced into long, thin slivers, divided
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. five-spice powder
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 14-oz. pkgs. firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 green onions, chopped diagonally


Toast sesame seeds 5 minutes in dry skillet, or until fragrant, shaking often. Set aside.

Plunge orange zest in pot of boiling water. Simmer 3 minutes, then drain.

Bring orange juice, vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, five-spice powder, star anise, and half of orange zest to a boil in skillet over medium heat. Add tofu, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, or until all liquid has evaporated. Cook 3 to 4 minutes more, or until tofu cubes are browned, shaking pan occasionally. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds, and remaining orange zest.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 391
  • Carbohydrate Content: 22 g
  • Fat Content: 22.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 33 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 284 mg
  • Sugar Content: 10 g