This Korean braised tofu is quick to make yet loaded with irresistible flavors! This easy one-pan dish calls for lightly seared tofu braised in a delicious spicy-savory sauce, to be served over rice or noodles for the ultimate meal for the weekdays. Enjoy this flavorful meal in the comfort of your home with this easy recipe.
What is Dubu Jorim?
Dubu Jorim (두부조림) is a traditional Korean spicy tofu dish often served as a side dish (banchan) to be enjoyed with a bowl of steamed rice to make up for a healthy meal that’s suitable for any time of day.
Tofu is an essential ingredient in Korean cuisine thanks to its versatility and can be found in many staple dishes including Soondubu Jjigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew) and Doenjang Jjigae (Korean Soybean Paste Stew).
This is personally one of my favorite Korean side dishes to make during the week as it is quick & simple to prepare and calls for only a handful of ingredients that are always available in my fridge.
Dubu Jorim is without a doubt, one of the most flavorful ways you can prepare a block of tofu, which is an incredible source of protein and other essential nutrients.
How do you make Korean Braised Tofu?
On the busier days when I don’t have much time to spend much time on dinner, this spicy tofu dish is often my go-to choice to be served over a bowl of steamed rice and some sautéed greens.
It is also highly infused with flavor, which also makes it the ideal meal for when I don’t have much of an appetite.
This recipe calls for an easy two-step process that involves pan-searing the tofu until golden, then quickly braising them in a spicy-savory sauce loaded with onion, green onion, and garlic.
The result is flavor-packed pieces of tofu that are crisp around the edges, but tender and juicy on the inside – which can be served both hot or cold depending on your preference.
Korean braised tofu also makes for a great meal-prep dish as a high-protein alternative to meat or seafood, and a perfect option to add to a vegan or vegetarian diet as well.
What do I need to make Korean Braised Tofu?
As mentioned above, one of the best parts about this recipe is that it calls for a handful of simple ingredients. Here is everything you will need:
- A block of tofu: medium-firm or firm tofu is ideal for this recipe, as it will hold its shape during the pan-frying process.
- Gochugaru (Korean chili flakes), soy sauce, garlic, mirin, sugar, and sesame oil: for the sauce.
- Onion + green onion: for the aromatics. If you’d like this dish to be extra spicy, you can add some chopped chili peppers along with the onions.
- Toasted sesame seeds: for garnish.
And that’s it! Everything you’ll need to make your own batch of spicy braised tofu.
Best of all, this easy & delicious 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 hope you enjoy this easy and delicious 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)
- Korean Braised Potatoes (Gamja Jorim)
- Korean Marinated Eggs (Mayak Eggs)
- Dakdoritang (Spicy Korean Chicken Stew)
- Soondubu Jjigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew)
Watch how to make it:
Easy Dubu Jorim (Korean Braised Tofu)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 package ( 454g) tofu medium or firm
- 1/2 onion diced
- 2 green onion diced
- 1 chili pepper diced, for extra spice
- toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- Cut tofu into 1/4 inch thick pieces, and pat dry to remove moisture (this will yield a crispy exterior). Lightly season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Add all sauce ingredients into a bowl. Add onion, green onion, and chili pepper if using, and mix to combine.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, carefully add the tofu pieces and sear for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Pour the sauce over the tofu. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, flipping occasionally. Remove the cover and simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce is reduced.
- Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles. Enjoy!
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