This pan-fried tofu is easy to make, healthy, and full of flavor thanks to our simple dipping sauce. This recipe can be a main dish or a side dish with your meal. Simply omit the fish sauce to transform this recipe into a vegan/vegetarian option.
The sauce that goes with this recipe is so delicious with the pan-fried tofu. It’s salty with a bit of heat. If you don’t want your sauce to be very spicy, just don’t add in the fresh jalapeno. You can also adjust the Korean red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru) to your taste as well. This recipe is really a guideline, so feel free to adjust to your personal liking.
Tofu is a commonly used ingredient in Korean cuisine. We love to eat tofu just like this as a main dish with a side of freshly steamed rice, and it would be an even better complete meal if you add a few side dishes (banchan) to go with it.
Serving Suggestions for the Pan-Fried Tofu
If you’re trying to stay low-carb, leave out the rice, and just have this pan-fried tofu with an assortment of side dishes (banchan). We have several side dish recipes that would go great with this pan-fried tofu.
- Korean Green Onion Salad
- Korean Seasoned Spinach Side Dish (Sigeumchi-namul)
- Easy Napa Cabbage Korean Kimchi – Cut-Up Kimchi
- Fresh Korean Spinach Salad
- Korean Marinated Wild Chives (Dallae-muchim)
We hope you enjoy this Pan-Fried Tofu with Dipping Sauce recipe!
3 tbsp olive oil
1 package firm tofu
For the sauce:
1 clove garlic, minced
1 green onion
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp red chili pepper flakes (Gochugaru)
1 tbsp sesame seed oil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sesame seed
½ tsp fish sauce
½ large jalapeno (optional, see note)
- Cut tofu lengthwise and cut horizontal to make rectangular slices.
- Turn on stove to medium-high heat and add oil to the pan.
- Once the pan is hot, add one layer of sliced tofu to the pan.
- Once the bottoms of the tofu turns golden-brown in color, flip it, and cook until the other side gets a golden-brown color.
- Once the tofu slices are browned, set the slices aside on a plate.
- Now let’s make the dipping sauce mixture. Add minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, crushed hot pepper, black pepper, sesame seeds, and fish sauce to a small bowl.
- Rinse and cut the green onion into small pieces and add to dipping sauce mixture. Mix the dipping sauce mixture well.
- Serve and enjoy!
If you want the dipping sauce to be spicier, then add fresh jalapeno peppers. Cut jalapeno peppers in half and remove all seeds. Mince the jalapeno peppers and mix it into the dipping sauce mixture. This sauce is also great to use as a Korean-inspired salad dressing. Omit the fish sauce to transform this recipe into a vegan/vegetarian option.
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