Korean braised tofu is quick to make yet loaded with irresistible flavors! This delicious one-pan meal features fried tofu cooked in a spicy braising sauce to be served over a bowl of steamed rice or noodles. Enjoy this flavorful dish in the comfort of your home using this simple recipe.
What is Korean Braised Tofu?
Dubu Jorim (두부조림), also known as spicy braised tofu or stewed tofu, is a popular Korean tofu dish that is served often as a side dish (banchan) to be enjoyed with a bowl of steamed rice alongside other side dishes or stews.
Although there are a countless variety of Korean side dishes, this is one of my favorites to make during the weekdays as it is quick and simple to prepare and calls for simple ingredients that are always available in my kitchen.
Tofu is one of the most essential ingredients in Korean cuisine as it is an incredible source of protein and other essential nutrients, in which its neutral flavor profile makes it an ideal ingredient to be used in a wide variety of dishes.
The braised tofu recipe that I’ll be sharing with you today is one of the most flavorful and satisfying ways to dress up a block of tofu, as it’s coated in a spicy and savory braising sauce that’s loaded with spice and aromatics.
Its bold flavors make it an excellent standalone dish to be served with a bowl of steamed rice, and can also be served both hot or cold which makes it the perfect meal for any occasion, even for picnics!
How do you make Korean Braised Tofu?
On the busy weekdays when I am particularly short on time, Korean braised tofu is often my go-to choice as it’s quick and easy to prepare yet loaded with big flavors to instantly wake up my appetite.
This Dubu Jorim recipe calls for a simple two-step process of quickly frying the tofu until golden brown, then braising them down in a spicy sauce that’s loaded with delicious aromatics.
This easy process results in flavor-packed pieces of tofu that are crisp around the edges but tender and juicy on the inside.
As it is loaded with vegetables and protein, this Korean tofu dish makes for the perfect alternative to meat and seafood that is extremely convenient to prepare with tons of health benefits!
Best of all, this easy side dish is prepared all in a single pan, which makes cleanup a breeze! Let’s be honest, we are all struggling with an endless amount of dishes, and simple recipes like this are truly a breath of fresh air. 🍃
I personally love dishes that are quick to make yet have striking flavors, and this is a much healthy alternative to most other dishes that serve the same purpose.
What do I need to make Korean Braised Tofu?
As mentioned earlier, one of the best parts about this recipe is that it calls for simple and accessible ingredients that can be easily found in your kitchen.
Here is everything you will need for this easy braised tofu recipe:
- Tofu: using firm or extra-firm tofu is ideal for this recipe, as it will hold its shape during the pan-frying process.
- You can also use medium-firm or soft tofu, but you will have to be extra careful to prevent them from disintegrating too much in the sauce.
- To prepare, slice the block of tofu in half then into 1/4 inch thick pieces, pat them dry to remove excess moisture, then lightly season with salt and pepper.
- Soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and Gochugaru (Korean chili flakes): for the sauce.
- Although Korean chili flakes are ideal for this recipe, you can also use crushed red pepper or paprika to add spice to the dish, if that’s all you have at hand.
- If you have a lower spice tolerance, I recommend adding half the amount to start and adding more to taste at the end to ensure that it’s catered to your preference!
- Garlic, onion & green onion: for the aromatics. For the extra spice and crunch, I also like to add some chopped chili peppers to the sauce, but this is completely optional.
- Sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds: for garnish.
And that’s it! Everything you’ll need to make your own batch of Korean braised tofu.
I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious stewed tofu recipe, and please feel free to leave a comment below or message me on Instagram for any questions!
Other easy Korean recipes you may like:
- Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew)
- Rabokki (Tteokbokki with Ramen)
- Korean Marinated Eggs (Mayak Eggs)
- Dakdoritang (Spicy Korean Chicken Stew)
- Soondubu Jjigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew)
Easy Korean Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 package (1 lb) firm tofu or medium-firm
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 2 green onion chopped, divided
- 1 chili pepper chopped, optional
- 1/2 tsp each sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- Slice tofu in half then into 1/4 inch thick pieces and pat dry to remove excess moisture. Lightly season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Add garlic, onion, white parts of green onion, and chilies if using, and mix to combine.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Carefully add the tofu pieces and fry both sides until golden brown, for about 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Pour the sauce mixture over the tofu. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove the cover and cook for about 2-3 minutes until the sauce is reduced.
- Finish with sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, and reserved green onion and serve with a bowl of rice or noodles. Enjoy!
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