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Crispy Tofu and Green Beans with Balsamic Soy Sauce – Healthyish Foods

Crispy Tofu and Green Beans with Balsamic Soy Sauce

This crispy tofu and green beans with balsamic soy sauce recipe is so good you’ll hardly notice it's completely plant-based. Made from seven simple ingredients, this crispy tofu recipe will quickly become a household favorite.
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Balsamic Soy Sauce

  • ½ cup golden balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or fine chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons cornstarch

Crispy Tofu and Green Beans

  • 2 blocks super firm tofu
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 ounce bag fresh green beans

Optional Toppings

  • sesame seeds , regualr or toasted
  • red pepper flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Drain the liquid from the two blocks of tofu. Using a kitchen towel or paper towels, press any excess moisture out from the tofu. This will help the tofu to get crispy once baked in the oven.
  • Next, you will want to slice the tofu in half lengthwise. Then, slice it in half again widthwise. You will be left with four evenly sized rectangles.
  • The final cut will run from the top left corner of each rectangle to the bottom right corner.
  • You will be left with 8 tofu pieces that are triangular in shape.
  • Repeat this process for the second block of tofu.
  • Grab a plate and add the cornstarch, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  • Once all of the tofu is sliced, you will run the tofu triangles through the cornstarch mixture. Make sure each side is well coated.
  • Place the breaded tofu pieces on the prepared baking tray.
  • Gently spray the tofu with olive oil cooking spray and place it in the oven for 40 minutes.
  • Make sure to turn the tofu halfway through baking and spray them again with the cooking spray.

Prepare the sauce:

  • While the tofu is getting crispy in the oven, we will prepare the balsamic soy sauce.
  • In a saucepan, add the soy sauce, golden balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, minced or fine chopped garlic and cornstarch. Stir until well combined and simmer over medium / low heat.
  • I used bagged green beans and cooked them al dente. The package called for 3 minutes in the microwave, but I only did 2 because they will continue to soften in the pan with the sauce.

Assemble the dish:

  • Once the green beans are slightly soft, add them to the sauce and continue to stir everything together until the sauce begins to thicken. I would wait until the tofu is almost ready so the beans do not get too soft!
  • Once the tofu is crispy, remove it from the oven and toss it in the sauce with the green beans.
  • Toss everything together in the saucepan until the beans and tofu are well coated in the balsamic soy sauce.
  • Spoon everything onto a platter, serve hot and enjoy!


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1927mg, Potassium: 295mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 588IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 2mg