Dubu jorim, Korean spicy braised tofu

Dubu jorim, Korean spicy braised tofu

A delightful Korean recipe which will bring a little heat in your plate. Dubu jorim is a braised and spicy tofu recipe ! It's so good and so pretty to look at. It's vegetarian and even vegan !

For the gochugaru (Korean chili flakes), I use this one that I buy in bulk on Amazon. It's practical, keeps very well and is so useful to have on hands when needed.

Frying the tofu before braising it in the sauce will give it a nice texture, it won't be as soft, it will give it some chewiness. Buy firm tofu and not soft tofu, it won't hold up when you fry it otherwise.

I served it the simplest way : over a bowl of warm rice.

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Dubu jorim, Korean spicy braised tofu (serves 2-3) :

  • 250 g firm tofu
  • Green onions or chives
  • Sesame seeds
  • Vegetable oil

For the sauce :

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (or mirin)
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 tsp gochugaru (or any chili flakes)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 60 ml water

Slice the block of tofu. Dry it with a paper towel.

Season the tofu with salt and pepper on both sides.  

Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan, fry the tofu on both sides, about 4 minutes on each side.

Meanwhile, prep the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together. The onion must be minced very thinly and the garlic grated.

When the tofu is golden on both sides, add the sauce and cover with a lid. Cook on low for 5 minutes.

Take the lid off and let the sauce reduce a little bit if it's too runny. It shouldn't be too saucy when you're done.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions (or chives) before serving.

Enjoy with a bowl of warm rice !