Korean Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim) is an easy and flavorful Korean side dish that can be made in 25 minutes. It combines the smooth and delicate texture of tofu with a rich and flavorful sauce, that goes well with a warm bowl of rice.
Korean Braised Tofu
This Korean Braised Tofu recipe is a perfect choice for a quick and delicious weeknight meal. With its easy preparation and flavor-packed sauce, it's a go-to dish that can be enjoyed regularly. In fact, I find myself making it at least once a week!
The combination of crispy fried tofu and the spicy and savory sauce creates a delightful harmony of flavors that will leave you craving for more. Plus, it's versatile enough to be packed for a lunchbox the next day, making it a convenient and satisfying option for busy days. Give this recipe a try and experience the joy of a homemade, fuss-free Korean dish that will surely become a staple in your kitchen.
To make this recipe, you'll need 9 ingredients:
- Firm or extra-firm tofu
- Yellow onion
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil
- Sesame seeds
- Gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
See recipe card for quantity.
Pat dry the tofu using paper towels.
Cut the tofu into rectangular or square pieces.
Fry the tofu in oil until slightly golden on both sides.
Pour the mixture into the pan together with the onion slices and give it a mix to evenly coat all the tofu pieces with the sauce.
Close the lid and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by half.
Add the sauce and onion slices
Simmer for 5-6 minutes or until the sauce has reduced
After this, garnish with the green part of the scallion and leftover sesame seeds.
Finally, transfer the Korean braised tofu to a plate and enjoy it as a side dish with rice or noodles.
Substitutions and Variations
- Tofu Varieties: While this recipe calls for a block of tofu, you can experiment with different types of tofu to suit your preference. Firm tofu works well for braising as it holds its shape, but you can also try extra firm tofu for a chewier texture or silken tofu for a smoother mouthfeel.
- Protein Alternatives: If you prefer a non-tofu option, you can substitute the tofu with seitan, tempeh, or even thinly sliced vegetables like eggplant or mushrooms. Adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the protein you choose.
- Sauce Customization: The sauce in this recipe forms the heart of the dish, but you can customize it to your liking. Feel free to adjust the sweetness, saltiness, or umami levels to match your taste preferences.
- Vegetable Additions: Enhance the nutritional value and flavor profile by adding vegetables to the dish. Sliced bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, or leafy greens like spinach or bok choy can be included during the braising process. Just ensure that the vegetables are cooked to your desired tenderness.
This recipe keeps well for 3-4 days in the fridge.
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