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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43 Comments:

  1. ouimama Montreal, Quebec, Canada joined 11/17
    Posted November 17th, 2017 at 12:25 am | # |

    Mmm! The deep fried tofu cubes worked great and made this already quick to prepare recipe even quicker!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 20th, 2017 at 10:23 am | # |

      I’m glad it worked nicely!

  2. ouimama Montreal, Quebec, Canada joined 11/17
    Posted November 16th, 2017 at 11:10 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!
    I’ve made this recipe a few times now…my kids and I all enjoy it very much. I’m going to try it with deep fried tofu cubes next…not traditional, I bet, but it should work. I’ll report back whatever the result is. Thanks for this recipe and for this site which has made Korean food accessible to me and my family! I’ve tried several recipes and am enjoying exploring Korean food with you as my guide.

  3. Beatrice Australia joined 8/17
    Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 11:37 pm | # |

    I made it yesterday for dinner


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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 20th, 2017 at 10:24 am | # |

      I know this is late, but I just found this photo. It looks great! Gorgeous! : )

  4. Vousmevoyez Philippines joined 8/17
    Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 2:13 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, is it okay if i use hot pepper paste instead of hot pepper flakes?

  5. Seika Los Angeles joined 4/17
    Posted July 27th, 2017 at 7:36 pm | # |

    3rd time making it! Loved it, especially with the marinated green onion and kimchi with a side of rice. But definitely add more chili flakes for color and spiciness next time.

  6. Scottah69 Arizona joined 7/17
    Posted July 17th, 2017 at 9:43 pm | # |

    Made my lunchbox for a couple of days. I love korean food being an American and love the spoon fork guy on korean television! Spice is nice!! Thanks for the recipe Maangchis!. ;) jin jin


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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 20th, 2017 at 1:48 pm | # |

      Jin Jin,
      It looks great! What a coincidence! I made it a couple of days ago, too!

      • Scottah69 Arizona joined 7/17
        Posted July 20th, 2017 at 7:17 pm | # |

        Haha. Yes my korean fiancee showed me this recipe because I was craving korean food and it it simple to make. Thanks again!!

  7. 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

  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

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