Spicy braised tofu

Dubu-jorim 두부조림

Today’s recipe is dubu-jorim (spicy braised tofu). It’s tofu braised in a savory-spicy sauce and pan fried with caramelized onion, garlic, and green onions, making it juicy, a little spicy, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s a delicious side dish for rice, noodles or porridge, and tastes meaty even though it’s a totally vegetarian dish.

This is something you can easily put together in a short amount of time that will please pretty much everybody, and especially vegetarians. You can refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 to 4 days! This dish is good hot or cold, so you don’t even need to heat it up again if you don’t want to, just bring it out and serve.

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It’s also a standard in Korean dosirak (lunchbox) item because it keeps well until lunchtime and it gives any meal a little kick. Enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 package of tofu (18 ounces: 510 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 2 green onions, chopped

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For the sauce, mix in a small bowl:

Directions

  1. Rinse tofu in cold running water and dry it with cotton or paper towel. Cut it into ¼ inch thick bite size pieces.dubujorim
  2. Add the cooking oil to a non-stick pan and heat it up over high heat.
  3. Gently set the tofu onto the pan and cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Rotate the pan to cook the tofu evenly. When the bottoms get a little crunchy, flip them over one by one with a spatula. Let cook another 7 to 8 minutes until both sides of each tofu piece are a little crispy and golden brown. fried-tofu
  4. Transfer the tofu to a plate. Keep the leftover oil.
  5. Heat up a small pan over medium high heat and add the leftover oil.
  6. Add chopped onion, garlic, and green onion (less 1 tablespoon, to be used for a garnish later). Stir with a wooden spoon for a few minutes until the onion gets a little crispy.fried vegetables fried-onion
  7. Add the sauce and keep stirring until it reduces a bit and thickens.dubu jorim sauce
  8. Add tofu and braise for a minute until the tofu absorbs some of the flavor of the sauce. Add some sesame oil and stir.braised tofu (dubu jorim: 두부조림)
  9. Sprinkle some sesame seeds over top and the rest of the chopped green onion. Serve right away with rice.dubujorim (spicy braised tofu: 두부조림)

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57 Comments:

  1. ShayDougie Virginia joined 9/18 & has 1 comment

    My husband and I began watching your videos about a year ago. Since then we have made many of your recipes, and love cooking the meals together! This weekend, we had the chance to cook a meal for our vegetarian friends who have never tried Korean food before – it was a success! We made the spicy tofu, spinach and bok choy side dishes, baby potatoes, kimchi pancakes, and rice, of course! Thank you for teaching us about Korean food and explaining how to cook so well. Looking forward to learning more…see you next tiiime, byeee! :-)


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  2. dydy0212 Bucharest, Romania joined 9/18 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi, I am from Romania and I have been following your channel for some time now. I have made a few of your recepies before, but forgot to take pictures to post them. Today I made the braised tofu one and snapped a picture of it. It is also my first time posting on your site. Love you and will wait for more recepies in the future.


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  3. clydedatastruct Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines joined 3/18 & has 6 comments

    Made this earlier, and when some of my neighbors and our landlady tried a piece, they said they loved the taste and the meaty texture. It tasted great even if I used soft tofu (찌개용).


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  4. Redchung8 North Hollywood joined 8/18 & has 1 comment

    Omg! So delicious. Vegetarian food is time consuming sometimes and here is this tasty, simple and long lasting dish. I don’t know how I have survived without it.

    Thank you Maanngchi for sharing these recipies. My husband is Korean and I am Guatemalan and its nice to be able to cook with him his favorite dishes.

  5. 1234back Oregon joined 7/18 & has 1 comment

    Thanks for this recipe!
    After 3.5 years of living in Korea and now moving back to the US, I was craving this. It turned out really well and my family liked it too!


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  6. ardenck redmond, wa joined 6/18 & has 1 comment

    Made this today and it was delicious. All of your recipes are delicious and easy to make.

    Thank you for sharing the.


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  7. VeganLegation Europe joined 6/17 & has 16 comments

    Hello Maangchi, we have cooked it many times and we love it! Wonderful recipe, easy to cook!


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  8. Luvcooking123 Markham joined 1/18 & has 1 comment

    I have followed your recipe and I made it for my family and they all enjoyed it , it had a lot of flavour and I really enjoyed it , thx for posting this delicious treat

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