Dubu Jorim: How to Make Korean Spicy Tofu

This pan-fried Korean spicy tofu is lightly coated with spicy Korean ketchup. It has a lightly crispy texture on the outside with the usual soft tofu texture inside. It is then covered with a sweet, spicy, and slightly tangy sauce.

The trick is to add the tofu when the skillet is heated well with a sufficient quantity of oil, so it does not stick to the skillet.

Korean cuisine consists of Korea’s traditional cooking techniques and culinary arts activities. Through centuries of social and political change, Korean cuisine has evolved. Originating from ancient farming and nomadic cultures in Korea and southern Manchuria, Korean cuisine developed through a dynamic natural environment interaction and various cultural patterns.


  • Author: Romae Chanice B. Marquez
  • Recipe Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Korean

The Korean Spicy Tofu recipe is a delicious side dish for rice, noodles, or porridge, and it tastes meaty even though it’s a totally vegetarian dish. The whole preparation and cooking time is around 30 minutes. This recipe is suitable for at least four servings.

Korean Spicy Tofu

Korean Spicy Tofu is a perfect side dish in all meals. Photo credits to: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/451767406367194067/.

Korean Spicy Tofu Ingredients

  • 1 package of tofu (18 ounces: 510 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup of minced onion
  • 2 green onions, chopped

For the sauce,

  • 1 ½ tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of hot pepper flakes
  • ½ cup of water

Korean Spicy Tofu Instructions

Step 1: Combine the ingredients of the hot Korean ketchup sauce in a pan.

Step 2: Mix them together well and set aside.

Step 3: Use a kitchen paper towel to dry the cubed tofu. You might also want to push the tofu down gently to force out more air. Pressure fry the tofu over medium-high heat in a skillet until golden brown on all sides. On each side, it will take 2-3 minutes.

Step 4: Remove and set aside the tofu from the skillet.

Step 5: Pour the spicy ketchup sauce into the skillet and mix it for about 5 to 10 seconds over moderately low heat. Head to the skillet with the tofu.

Step 6: Coat the sauce softly and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

Step 7: Serve with white steamed rice.

Korean Spicy Tofu Additional Information

  • Per serving has 134 Calories, 7g of Carbohydrates, 11g of Fat, and 24 mg of Sodium.
  • After the turn of the 17th century, Koreans “developed a taste for spicy food”. It was one of Imjin Wars’ unintended byproducts as Japan invaded Korea in 1592–97. Japan had traded with Portugal, and one of the items that the Portuguese brought with them was Central American red chilli peppers.
  • This recipe serves at least four people.
  • The total cook/prep time is around 3o minutes.

About Korean Spicy Tofu Recipe

Tofu, or bean curd, is a popular soy food. It is made by curdling fresh soy milk, pressing it into a solid block and then cooling it – much the same way conventional dairy cheese is produced by curdling and solidifying liquid. The fluid (whey) is removed, forcing the curds into a tight chain.

Korean cuisine is primarily focused on rice, vegetables, and meats. There are a number of side dishes that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice that can be called traditional Korean meals.

At almost every meal, kimchi and tofu are served. Sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean paste), soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes, gochujang, and napa cabbage are commonly used ingredients for the side dishes.


This healthy dish is perfect for all meals. For more spicy dish recipes, click here.

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