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. It’s delicious! Thanks for a recipe ❤️

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  2. aireeuh Washington State joined 6/19 & has 3 comments

    This recipe was fantastic! I served it cold because I needed to make it in advance. Even one of my guests who doesn’t usually like tofu liked this recipe. Thanks so much

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

      Sliced tofu with a slightly crunchy outside, and a soft and juicy inside! It’s a great side dish for rice! Tofu by itself is bland, so cooking it this way will make it turn out very delicious! I’m happy to hear that your guests loved it!

  3. TheGoogleGeek Chicago joined 5/19 & has 2 comments

    Love this recipe!! I made it with Korean spinach and brown rice.

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  4. HappyBellyHappyNelly Honolulu joined 3/19 & has 2 comments


    This recipe was just perfect! I was looking for a simple, savory, vegetarian dish and this definitely hit the spot! This was a very satisfying g tofu dish.

    Thank you for the recipe. Can’t wait to try more

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  5. Prabha Hongkong joined 1/19 & has 1 comment

    I am new to korean food, I had it first time when i moved from India to Hongkong and i love Korean food. I have watched your so many videos have started cooking few.
    I tried making spicy braised tofu it taste so yummy.

    Thanks for sharing all your recipe and helping to open up a new world of taste for people like us

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  6. iTom Israel joined 5/14 & has 2 comments

    Made this today, unfortunately didn’t have any green onion still came out yummy! I’ve been following you for many years and cooking your recipes thank you so much!

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  7. NaOllie Dickinson,tx,usa joined 12/18 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi!! I’ve been watching your videos for about a week. LOVE YOUR CHANNEL! I decided to try this dish because I have never had tasty tofu. I am so very glad I did. So good. I have made all my friends watch your videos and they have tried out a few as well! Thank you so much.

  8. 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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  9. dydy0212 Bucharest, Romania joined 9/18 & has 2 comments

    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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  10. clydedatastruct Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines joined 3/18 & has 8 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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  11. 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.

  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. VeganLegation Europe joined 6/17 & has 17 comments

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

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  15. 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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