This flavorful tofu is a simple and healthy recipe that is made with pan-fried tofu that’s then braised in a spicy Korean sauce. This tofu is great as a side dish (banchan) or can be the star of your meal. This tofu recipe alone served alongside freshly steamed white rice is delicious and very filling.
This pan-fried tofu recipe is so good! I remember my mom making this growing up and I could eat a whole batch of it by myself easily. Well, who am I kidding? I can still eat a whole batch of it by myself as an adult. It’s one of my favorite ways to eat tofu.
The tofu is sliced and lightly browned on both sides. The Korean spicy sauce is made with staple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry if you do a lot of Korean/Asian cooking in your household. The tofu, stir-fried onions and spicy sauce are then simmered together allowing the tofu to soak up all the yumminess of the spicy sauce.
We hope you enjoy this easy and delicious Korean Spicy Braised Tofu recipe!
2 14oz packages of extra-firm tofu
2 yellow/white onions, diced
4 green onions, cut into 1-inch length
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru)
¼ tsp white vinegar
6 tsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp fish sauce
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 jalapeño pepper, diced (remove seeds)
½ cup water
5 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp beef bouillon
- Cut tofu into rectangles about a quarter of an inch thickness.
- Turn the stove to medium-high and stir fry onions until well done. Put cooked onions into a bowl and set aside for later.
- Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to the same pan you just cooked the onions in, turn the stove back to medium heat, add tofu and lightly brown the tofu on both sides.
- Combine minced garlic, red chili pepper flakes, vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, salt, black pepper, jalapeno pepper, water, 3 tbsp of olive oil, and beef bouillon into a separate bowl and mix together well.
- Add a thin layer of your previous cooked onion into a medium/large-sized pot and add your cooked tofu on top of the onions.
- Grab a spoonful of sauce (made in step four), and add a thin layer on top of your cooked tofu and onions.
- Add another thin layer of the onion, add a layer of cooked tofu again, and then add a thin layer of sauce again. Repeat this layering process until all onions, tofu, and sauce are used. If there is any sauce leftover, you can just drizzle it on top of the layers. Use up all the sauce for ultimate flavor.
- Add green onions to the pot of layered onions, tofu, and sauce. Place the pot on the stovetop, turn on the stovetop to low heat to simmer the tofu with the onions and sauce. Simmer together for about 15 minutes.
- Check the layered tofu halfway and gently flip the top layer to the bottom of the pot for even cooking and so the sauce can soak into all the tofu pieces. Continue cooking until the sauce is 80% gone/reduced from the pan.
- Serve and enjoy!
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