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!



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 toasted 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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  1. speckspeck san francisco, ca joined 5/16 & has 1 comment

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

  2. Elle.sharpe Atlanta ga joined 5/16 & has 1 comment

    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 & has 12,047 comments

      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. : )

  3. wvtram San Jose, California joined 5/16 & has 3 comments

    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. Sebuzzie The Netherlands joined 4/16 & has 2 comments

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

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  5. derekins Cambridge, MA joined 3/16 & has 2 comments

    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!

  6. jpatterson Albany, NY joined 3/16 & has 2 comments

    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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  7. nddinh Vietnam joined 3/16 & has 1 comment

    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.

  8. 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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  9. rebelspice Colorado joined 3/16 & has 2 comments

    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 :)

  10. yoon10 Davao city joined 2/16 & has 4 comments

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

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  11. shirley31 florida joined 2/16 & has 1 comment

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

  12. Axorya Austria joined 2/16 & has 1 comment

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

  13. hamsie37 Sydney joined 2/16 & has 2 comments

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

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  14. Fany joined 12/15 & has 20 comments

    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

  15. 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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