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dubu jorim in dark shallow bowl with napkin and cutting board underneath
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Dubu Jorim aka Spicy Braised Tofu

The versatile Korean banchan that's spicy, savory, and full of plant-based protein. Make Dubu Jorim once and it will soon become your favorite 15-minute breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Braised, Dubu Jorim, Spicy, Tofu
Servings: 2 as main (4 as side)
Author: The Subversive Table | Lis Lam


  • Non-stick skillet OR well greased cast iron pan


  • 1 package firm tofu


  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (not the low sodium kind!)
  • 2 Tbsp gochukaru (Korean chili flakes)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar (regular white vinegar also works, if you don't have it)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Cut tofu into 1/2-inch thick squares. Pat both sides dry with a paper towel.
    squares of tofu on black cutting board
  • Heat a non-stick skillet (or well greased cast iron pan) with 2 Tbsp neutral oil over medium heat. When the pan is hot but not smoking, add tofu. It will splatter so be careful! Cook until crispy and browned on one side, about 3-4 minutes. (Do not disturb! Let the tofu be!) Flip and repeat.
    cast iron pan filled with crispy fried tofu squares
  • Meanwhile, mix sauce ingredients (except water) into a bowl. When the tofu has finished frying on the second side, keep the heat on medium and spoon sauce over the tofu squares. Then immediately add water into the pan.
    spooning sauce over crispy fried tofu in cast iron pan
  • Simmer until sauce is reduced and the tofu has absorbed all that saucy flavor, about 2-3 minutes. Shake the pan from time to time to prevent sticking and burning. Feel free to add more water, 1-2 Tbsp at a time, if the sauce reduces too much. This step goes quickly so watch carefully!
    cast iron pan filled with tofu and sauce
  • Transfer to a serving platter and make sure to spoon up all the pan sauce. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds. Serve with rice and kimchi. Enjoy!
    dubu jorim in shallow bowl with kimchi and rice on the side