Korean braised tofu (Dubu jorim)

Korean braised tofu (Dubu jorim)

Today’s recipe is dubu-jorim (spicy braised tofu). Quick dish, you need simple ingredients to prepare it and the best part is that you can eat it hot or cold, it doesn’t matter. Dubu-jorim is usually in Korean lunchbox (dosirak) because it stays fresh and tasty until lunchtime and it tastes just great. 

So, ingredients for 3 portions:

  • 360-400 g tofu
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tsp roasted sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped

For the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar 
  • 1 ½ tbsp Korean chili powder (if you don’t have it substitute with ¾ tbsp chili powder+¾ tbsp paprika) 
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  1. Cut tofu into rectangle shapes and pat dry it with a paper towel. 
  2. Heat cooking oil in a non-sticking pan over high heat. Add sliced tofu and cook it for ~8 min, flip it halfway through. 
  3. While tofu is cooking, prepare sauce: mix all sauce ingredients and set aside. 
  4. After the tofu is cooked, remove it from the pan. Add garlic and onion to the same pan and cook for a few minutes.
  5. Pour the sauce into the pan and simmer until sauce thickens then add tofu and cook for a few minutes to absorb some flavor. Pour roasted sesame oil, mix well and serve it with some sesame seeds and green onions on top.