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.


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!


  • 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


For the sauce, mix in a small bowl:


  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)



  1. Elle.sharpe Atlanta ga joined 5/16
    Posted May 27th, 2016 at 12:48 am | # |

    Thank you soo much for this recipe! Ever since I went vegetarian I’ve been loosing too much weight because I could never find easy and delicious food to make. But ever since I found your channel I’ve been eating more and getting more energy! ✨
    This recipe makes a great lunch when I’m at school and trying to stay awake and focused!
    PS: While I was cooking this my whole family (who hates tofu and spicy food) kept saying “what smells good? ” Then my dad tried it and loved it who always said he hated tofu!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 27th, 2016 at 4:06 pm | # |

      Wow it sounds like you changed your family to like tofu! It looks crispy but also juicy! “This recipe makes a great lunch when I’m at school and trying to stay awake and focused!” Really? When I need to focus on something, I will make this dish and think about you. : )

  2. Seekind Switzerland joined 3/17
    Posted March 16th, 2017 at 2:45 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi

    Thank you for the awesome recipe, tried it tonight and this will definitely be a new favorite, so tasty!
    Didn’t have sesame seeds so I drizzeled sesame oil on top, still very delicious!

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  3. wvtram San Jose, California joined 5/16
    Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 4:30 am | # |

    hi maangchi!

    i heard you can enhance this dish by coating the tofu with flour and egg before pan frying. is this true? have you tried it before?


  4. nGabriel Niagara Fall, Canada joined 1/17
    Posted January 6th, 2017 at 7:00 pm | # |

    I decided to make this today for my mom and sister who are both vegetarians. Both of them loved it and want me to make it again soon, Thank you!

  5. CalifornianInBarcelona Barcelona, Spain joined 10/16
    Posted May 27th, 2017 at 6:57 pm | # |

    I made this today, and used 2 tablespoons of mirin instead of sugar, and it was delicious. Thank you Maangchi for sharing this wonderful recipe with your viewers! :D

  6. Skakurt07 Dubai joined 4/17
    Posted April 25th, 2017 at 12:30 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I tried your recipe today and it is so delicious , plus this vegetarian recipe is really a budget friendly. My husband and I really enjoyed it. Thank you.

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  7. Marianni01 Makati, Philippines joined 12/16
    Posted December 19th, 2016 at 10:46 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi from the Phils. Tried this side dish with some squid and fish balls. Great partner for my grilled beef.

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 25th, 2016 at 2:40 am | # |

      Yes! It’s such a nice combination!

  8. kylawi California joined 11/16
    Posted November 10th, 2016 at 3:01 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I’ve been watching your channel for about 2 years now, and you inspire me to cook more Korean dishes. This was the first dish I was brave enough to make and I can’t get enough of it! I’ve made it 2 times this week already!

  9. Omsin Salamanca, Spain joined 7/16
    Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 4:28 pm | # |

    Just try making this for dinner today. Great recipe!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 5:53 pm | # |

      It looks so soft, juicy, and savory! Delicious!

  10. Gen San Jose joined 7/16
    Posted July 17th, 2016 at 11:03 pm | # |

    A tsp of gochujang in the sauce mixture makes it even better. I’ll omit the salt next time, though.

  11. atronachsaura USA joined 7/16
    Posted July 14th, 2016 at 10:18 pm | # |

    I just made this and it was delicious! It was super easy and I had a lot for left overs! I’m in love with the recipe and I am definitely going to make it more often!

  12. speckspeck san francisco, ca joined 5/16
    Posted May 31st, 2016 at 6:22 pm | # |

    What firmness of tofu do you recommend? Firm? Medium? Thanks so much!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 31st, 2016 at 10:29 pm | # |

      I use medium firm tofu. Good luck!

  13. Sebuzzie The Netherlands joined 4/16
    Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 12:01 pm | # |

    Just made this recipe, it’s so delicious! I’ll definitely make this again sometime soon. ( ̄∀ ̄)

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  14. derekins Cambridge, MA joined 3/16
    Posted March 31st, 2016 at 4:11 pm | # |

    I made this yesterday. Very easy and very tasty. I think I cut my tofu too thin or else my oil was too hot because it cooked to golden brown in more like 3 minutes per side. I can’t wait to make more Korean food!

  15. jpatterson Albany, NY joined 3/16
    Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 9:00 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Thank you for all the yummy recipes. I made the braised spicy tofu last night and I’m having it for lunch too!

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  16. nddinh Vietnam joined 3/16
    Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 3:44 am | # |

    Hi~ Maangchi, your recipes are so wonderful. In my opinion, all recipres from Korea must be hard to do but it seems i was wrong.
    Thank you very much for all gorgeus and tasty recipes.

  17. ShelleyM joined 1/16
    Posted March 13th, 2016 at 6:29 pm | # |

    Very easy to make. I cooked the tofu in two batches and then braised it together as one batch. Even my mother who had said she would never even try tofu ate it and actually asked for a bit more on her plate. I cut the tofu more into strips than squares so it had more crispy edges.
    Was also tasty cold the next day at work.

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  18. rebelspice Colorado joined 3/16
    Posted March 6th, 2016 at 5:16 pm | # |

    I love your videos Maangchi! Thank you for showing us how to make Korean dishes, and especially thank you for giving us substitutions if we don’t eat meat or we need to make something less spicy!
    P.S. My favorite part of your videos is the cute text that you add :)

  19. yoon10 Davao city joined 2/16
    Posted February 28th, 2016 at 6:30 pm | # |

    Taste so yummy…love the recipe much, i just miss sesame seeds..but the taste was great

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 29th, 2016 at 12:51 pm | # |

      It looks very tasty! Great photo,too!

  20. shirley31 florida joined 2/16
    Posted February 28th, 2016 at 9:06 am | # |

    Hola Maangchi
    Me encantan tus recetas gracias por colocar subtitulos en espanol.

  21. Axorya Austria joined 2/16
    Posted February 24th, 2016 at 11:34 am | # |

    I used chilli powder because I didn’t have pepper flakes. Now it’s not as red but it still tastes very good.

  22. hamsie37 Sydney joined 2/16
    Posted February 20th, 2016 at 4:03 am | # |

    Thank you for this delicious recipe Maangchi!! My sister and I enjoyed it very much : )

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 20th, 2016 at 3:30 pm | # |

      I’m glad you and your sister like this recipe. It looks wonderful! I make this very often.

  23. Fany joined 12/15
    Posted February 17th, 2016 at 5:53 am | # |

    For how many servings is this recipe? I have only 250 grams tofu and I’ll do it for today’s dinner with some chicken and maybe rice, or noodles. Will this amount of tofu be ok for three servings?
    Thank you for your recipes

  24. 4everainboa Lubbock, TX joined 2/16
    Posted February 16th, 2016 at 11:11 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Thank you so much for all your gorgeous recipes!!!
    Can I ask you for the brand of the indoor small butane gas stove you use in your videos? I want to get one for myself also!


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