Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce

Dububuchim-yangnyeomjang 두부부침양념장

Hi, everybody!
I’m introducing 2 kinds of Korean tofu side dishes to you today! (the other dish in the video is Dubu-ganjangjorim).

When I lived in Canada, I often went to a farmer’s market on the weekend. It was in a big building, and in the basement there was a store where people were lining up every weekend up to buy some special tofu.


My friend was a regular customer at the store, so she let me taste it when she bought it. I was very surprised! Firstly, because it was so expensive, and secondly because it was a very simple tofu recipe. They were selling the tofu cubed and cooked with sauce for $7.99! The sauce was made with soy sauce and sugar or maple syrup.

It seemed like a very easy recipe to make. I took my friend to a Korean store and bought a package of tofu for 99 cents. We came home and we cooked it together. She was very happy and since that time, she has been doing all kinds of experiments with her favorite tofu side dish. She invents her own sauce these days. : )

Tofu is pronounced as “doo boo” in Korean. If you say doo boo in front of Koreans, they will be impressed!




  1. Slice the tofu into 10 bite size pieces (¼ inch thick rectangles). Towel off each piece with a paper towel.tofutofu

    A whole package of tofu cut into 20 pieces

  2. Heat a pan and add 1 to 2 tbs of vegetable oil.
  3. Add the tofu and lower the heat. Cook over low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes until the bottoms of the tofu pieces turn golden brown.
  4. Turn over each piece and cook another 5 minutes.
    pan-fried tofu
  5. Transfer the cooked tofu to a serving plate.
  6. Make yangnyeomjang (seasoning sauce) in a small bowl by mixing these ingredients:
    • 1 clove of minced garlic
    • 1 chopped green onion
    • 1 ts hot pepper flakes
    • 1 ts sugar (or honey)
    • 1 tbs soy sauce
    • 1 ts toasted sesame oil

    If you make this with a whole package of tofu, double the sauce ingredients

  7. Spoon the sauce evenly over the tofu, and sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds over top just before serving.
  8. Serve as a side dish with rice.Korean tofu side dish



  1. jessica514 joined 2/11 & has 3 comments

    Hi Maangchi,
    Can you please make more tofu side dishes?
    I really enjoy watching your videos.
    Thank you! (:

  2. I made the dubu ganjang jorim – yums the second time!

  3. Soma joined 7/10 & has 4 comments

    Looks SO good ! Making this for sure.. :) I love tofu, esp soon dubu and stinky tofu LOL

    Thanks for this recipe.

  4. bo Hawaii joined 7/10 & has 49 comments

    Yum! I prefer to eat tofu rather than meat (but the rest of the family likes meat!)
    I’ve made Dubu buchim yangnyumjang several times and love it. Never tried Dubu ganjang jorim (with the corn syrup) Maybe I’ll make it tonight to serve with the galbi!

  5. Ikkin-bot edmonton joined 9/10 & has 27 comments

    I made both tonight. They were delicious! (dubu buchim yangnyumjang is my favorite!

    I blogged about it of course you should check out the pictures!

  6. mirenski Philippines joined 10/10 & has 3 comments

    My mom and I made something Dubu buchim yangnyumjang and it was sooooo yummy! Actually I did not know there was a dish like this we just figured it might be good to eat dubu with a sauce made of hot pepper paste, spring onions, garlic, sesame oil and sugar. I didn’t have hot pepper flakes so I used a little bit of hot pepper paste instead but I imagine it was just as good.

    ♥ Miren

  7. KillDeer Hamilton, Ontario joined 9/10 & has 33 comments

    Today I made “Dubu ganjang jorim” at lunch. But I used 1 tbs of honey rather than corn syrup! I think maybe honey is more healthy? The taste was perfect and I enjoyed this recipe very much! Thank you (once again) Maangchi!

  8. KillDeer Hamilton, Ontario joined 9/10 & has 33 comments

    God bless those glass lock containers. They are so useful and fulfill my glassware fetish.

  9. azmomma2 joined 9/10 & has 1 comment


    I cannot express how EXCITED I am that I found this recipe! Everytime I go to a Korean restuarant I gobble this up and ask for seconds! I don’t know why but every time I tried to make this at home it would never turn out right! And now I found this and I am so happy!

    ‘chong mall cam sam ni da’ 정말 감사합니다

  10. Auntie_Chris Hong Kong joined 8/10 & has 1 comment

    You Korean food are so attractive.
    You also make the food in a very simple way, that we can follow.
    You make me want to try out also.
    Keep on.


  11. Deelicious joined 8/10 & has 1 comment

    Maangchi! I made Dubu buchim yangnyumjang for dinner and my husband just inhaled the food. It was sooooo good. The sauce is yummy. I think my hubby loves me more than usual today. Lol! Thank you so much :)

  12. priscillajpark Shanghai China joined 5/10 & has 1 comment

    Thank you for your recipes! I make this and many of your other recipes for my Korean husband and in-laws, they love it! I always tell my friends who want to learn to cook Korean food to come to your site! 정말 정말 감사합니다!

  13. sassygirlsujung joined 7/10 & has 4 comments

    Maangchi! Another great side dish..I’m glad to be part of your site..(finally!) Thanks for great recipes…I am a popular cook (for korean cuisine) to my friends because of you!!..By the way, I am a Filipino teaching English to Koreans..^__^ More power to you!! I will definitely cook this ASAP!!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,948 comments

      awesome news! “I am a popular cook (for korean cuisine)..” Thank you for teaching E to Koreans. : )

      • sassygirlsujung joined 7/10 & has 4 comments’s been a pleasure to teach Koreans…I’ve learned a lot about KR and loved the food as well..Anyway, did you receive the photos that I sent thru flickr? I’m still new to this site..I hope I ca get used to this real soon..Thanks for your reply!

  14. BxlSprout Brussels, Belgium joined 5/10 & has 46 comments

    Hi Maangchi, just want to tell you that I served this to friends, and on Friday one of them showed me she proudly posted your recipe on the bulletin board at the European Commission in the East Asian sector where she works.

  15. shethatisnau Las Vegas, NV joined 5/10 & has 8 comments

    I made the spicy one to go with some galbi I bought pre-marinated. :} It made an excellent side dish, thanks for the recipe! My boyfriend gobbled it up, too!

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