Soft Silken Tofu with Korean Dressing

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A simple and easy dish that can be made in 5-minutes: Soft Silken Tofu with Korean Dressing. The softest tofu with a bold and vibrant sauce. Easy to make with no cooking required. Perfect for a hot day. Or as a side dish with Korean BBQ.

What is Soft Silken Tofu?

Soft Silken Tofu is a kind of tofu best known for its silky smooth texture. Different from regular tofu, the texture is soft, creamy, and custard-like. A high water content makes it the softest tofu ever!

There are many ways to enjoy its silky-smooth, creamy texture. Like this simple Korean side dish: Silken Tofu with Korean Dressing or Yangnyeom Jang. One of my favorite ways to dress up a simple block of tofu.

In Korean cooking, Yangnyeom Jang is a basic sauce that’s added to everything. Simple and flavorful, it’s enjoyed with dumplings, savory pancakes, hearty rice dishes, salad greens, and more.

When paired with the mild flavor and silky texture of Soft Tofu, it becomes a very special dish. The fragile, pudding-like texture of Silken Tofu absorbs all of that delicious sauce.

As a bonus, it’s easy to make and requires no cooking. Add the sauce ingredients to a jar. Shake to emulsify. Pour over a block of silken tofu — that’s it!

More tofu recipes: Soondubu Jjigae (Soft Silken Tofu Soup), Spicy Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim), Air Fryer Panko Tofu, and Braised Kimchi with Pork Belly and Tofu.

Ingredients:

  • Soft Silken Tofu. Look in the refrigerated section at Asian markets. It will be sealed in a plastic box with film on top. It goes by many names: Silken Tofu, Extra Silken Tofu, or Soft Tofu.
  • Dressing: Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Sesame seeds, Sesame oil, Gochukaru (Korean red pepper flakes), Sugar, Green onion, and Garlic. Together, they make a quick sauce.
labelled ingredients for soft silken tofu with korean dressing

Instructions:

  1. Drain tofu. With a sharp paring knife, cut slits into the sides of the tofu package. Do not remove any of the plastic film on top. Holding onto the top with one hand, gently turn over and drain any extra water. Remove the film and transfer the tofu onto a rimmed plate or shallow bowl.
  2. Make the sauce. Add sauce ingredients in a small jar.
  3. Add sauce to tofu. Shake the jar with the sauce to emulsify. Evenly pour the sauce over the top of the tofu.
  4. Serve. Serve and enjoy! Note: As the tofu sits, it will continue to release water. Eat immediately so it doesn’t get too watery.

PRO Tips:

  • Look for vacuum-sealed tofu. For the best silky texture, look for tofu in vacuum-sealed packages. The tofu should touch the sides of the packaging — with no visible water surrounding it. If you see the tofu sitting in water, it won’t have that super creamy texture. Instead, look for tofu that’s directly touching the sides of the packaging; the packaging acts as a mold to shape and hold everything together.
  • Handle carefully. Soft silken tofu has a higher water content than other types of tofu. It can easily fall apart or break into chunks. Be gentle!
  • Make a warm version. In the winter, make a warm version. Heat the the silken tofu in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before adding the sauce.
  • Slice or cube tofu. If you like, slice or cube the tofu. It will create more nooks and crannies for the sauce.
silken tofu with korean dressing on a plate with chunk missing

Variations:

  • Add chili oil. For more spicy flavor, drizzle 1 Tbsp of chili oil or chili crisp right before serving.
  • Add nori. For more umami flavour, add crumbled roasted nori or Gim.
  • Add cilantro. Top with a generous helping of chopped cilantro. Adds lots of herbal aroma and freshness.

FAQ

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. FYI the soft silken tofu will continue to release water so make sure to drain the water before serving. To drain, cover the top loosely with a tupperware lid and gently turn it over. The excess liquid will drain.

Can I make this less spicy?

Yes, definitely! To make it less spicy, do not add the Gochukaru or chili pepper.

Can I make this with another kind of tofu?

I prefer this recipe with soft silken tofu. But it could work with any kind of tofu.

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Soft Silken Tofu Recipe

Lis Lam
A simple and easy dish that can be made in 5-minutes: Soft Silken Tofu with Korean Dressing. The softest tofu with a bold and vibrant sauce. Easy to make with no cooking required. Perfect for a hot day. Or as a side dish with Korean BBQ.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine Korean
Servings 2 as side
Calories 133 kcal

Equipment

  • small jar with tight-fitting lid
  • rimmed plate or shallow bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package silken soft tofu
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar (rice vinegar, apple vinegar, or white vinegar)
  • 1 Tbsp Gochukaru
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 chili pepper *optional (green, red, finger, or jalapeno)

Instructions
 

  • Drain tofu. With a sharp paring knife, cut slits into the sides of the tofu package. Do not remove any of the plastic film on top. Holding onto the top with one hand, gently turn over and drain the water. Remove the film and transfer the tofu onto a rimmed plate or shallow bowl.
  • Make the sauce. Add sauce ingredients in a small jar: sesame seeds, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, gochukaru, sesame oil, green onion, garlic, and chili pepper (if using). Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Shake the sauce to emulsify.
  • Add sauce to tofu. Evenly pour the sauce over the top of the tofu.
  • Serve. Serve immediately with rice and enjoy! Note: As the tofu sits, it will continue to release water. Eat immediately so it doesn't get too watery!

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Notes

Tips:
    • Look for vacuum-sealed tofu. For the best silky texture, look for tofu in vacuum-sealed packages. The tofu should touch the sides of the packaging — with no visible water surrounding it. If you see the tofu sitting in water, it won’t have that super creamy texture. Instead, look for tofu that’s directly touching the sides of the packaging; the packaging acts as a mold to shape and hold everything together.
    • Handle carefully. Soft silken tofu has a higher water content than other types of tofu. It can easily fall apart or break into chunks. Be gentle!
    • Make a warm version. In the winter, make a warm version. Heat the the silken tofu in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before adding the sauce.
    • Slice or cube tofu. If you like, slice or cube the tofu. It will create more nooks and crannies for the sauce.
Variations:
  • Add chili oil. For more spicy flavor, drizzle 1 Tbsp of chili oil or chili crisp right before serving.
  • Add nori. For more umami flavour, add crumbled roasted nori or gim.
  • Add cilantro. Top with a generous helping of chopped cilantro. Adds lots of herbal aroma and freshness.

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 1075mgPotassium: 231mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1461IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cold, Side Dish, Silken Tofu, Soft Tofu
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