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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51 Comments:

  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. VeganLegation Europe joined 6/17 & has 13 comments

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


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  5. 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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