This dubu jorim, or spicy braised tofu, is something that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes that will please every palate. Tofu is braised in a savory, spicy sauce made with red pepper flakes along with onion, garlic, and green onions. It's crisp around the edges, but tender and juicy on the inside — perfect for serving with rice or noodles!

Dubu Jorim: Korean Spicy Braised Tofu [Vegan, Gluten-Free]








  • 1 14-ounce block extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Green onion
  • Oil, as needed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon gochugaru
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Sesame oil, sesame seeds, and green onion for garnish


  1. Chop tofu into thin squares.  Fry in skillet in a few tablespoons oil for 7-8 minutes on each side (or until golden) over medium-high heat.
  2. Chop onion, green onion, and garlic.
  3. In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup water with 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon chili flakes, and 1 teaspoon sugar.
  4. Once tofu is golden on both sides, remove from heat.
  5. In a smaller pan sauté onion, garlic and green onion until golden. Add sauce to the vegetables. Simmer to thicken. Once sauce reduces, it’s done.
  6. Add tofu to sauce. Garnish with dash of sesame seed oil, sesame seeds, and green onion.


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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 357 | Carbs: 12 g | Fat: 21 g | Protein: 34 g | Sodium: 574 mg | Sugar: 4 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.