Dubu Jorim (Braised Spicy Tofu)

3 serving
25 min

This is one of my favorite banchans (Korean side dishes). Jorim refers to braising, where you let everything cook for a long time so the liquid gets reduced and a thick flavor sauce remains. Many Korean dishes use this method. Here, you slightly pan fry the tofu slices and then add in the spices and water. If the spices aren't evenly dispersed, don't worry! As the liquid boils and cooks, it will disperse on its own.

And make sure your frying pan is big enough to accommodate all the tofu slices. And lay the tofu slices all in one layer to make sure all of them get coated with the spicy, saucy goodness. I like to use a nonstick frying pan to make sure the tofu doesn't stick. Gochugaru, Korean red pepper flakes, is key here! Gochugaru is key in many Korean dishes. If you are cooking a lot of Korean, I highly recommend getting them! I see them more and more in non-Asian grocery stores but in case you can't find them, you can buy some online.

As to gochujang, the ones I saw in non-Asian grocery stores were sweeter so if you do get them, add sugar sparingly, to taste.

Dubu Jorim (Braised Spicy Tofu)

Recipe details

  • 3  serving
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 1 package of tofu, extra firm
  • oil, enough to coat the pan
  • 2 scallions, chopped finely
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • half onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp gochugaru
  • 2 tsp gochujang
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups water


Cut tofu into 12, even slices. First cut tofu in half. Then cut each half into six equal pieces.
Get a nonstick frying pan and pour oil, enough to coat the pan. Set the pan to low medium. Add the scallions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Don't let them burn!
After, add sliced onions and let it cook for 2 minutes.
After, turn the stove onto medium high heat. Then add the tofu slices evenly. Make sure all the tofu slices are in one layer. Let the tofu cook for 2 minutes. Then, flip on the other side.
Let the tofu slightly brown on the other side for 2 minutes
Then add water and gochugaru, gochujang, sugar, and soy sauce.
Put a lid over the pan and let it simmer for 25 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Drizzle sesame oil over the tofu to finish.

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