Korean Tofu Recipes

Check out this recipe round-up of eight Korean tofu recipes. From spicy Korean braised tofu to tofu cooked in the ever-popular Gochujang sauce. I have several great Korean tofu recipes to choose from!

Four Korean tofu dishes.

What is in Korean Food?

Korean cuisine is known for its bold flavors and vibrant colors. The cuisine typically incorporates rice, vegetables, protein, and various seasonings. Common ingredients include kimchi (fermented vegetables), gochujang (red chili paste), soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil.

In addition, Korean Temple Food has become a plant-based favorite worldwide. Rooted in Buddhist traditions, the food is renowned for its mindfulness, simplicity, and plant-based ingredients. Temple Food emphasizes seasonal vegetables, grains, and fermented foods, offering a meditative dining experience that nourishes the body and soul.

What is Tofu?

Tofu, or bean curd, is a plant-based protein made from soybeans. It is created by coagulating soy milk and pressing the resulting curds into solid blocks. Tofu has a mild flavor and a versatile texture.

Cubbed tofu in a bowl.

Types of Tofu

Tofu comes in different varieties, each with unique texture and culinary uses. The three main types of tofu commonly found in Korean cuisine are firm, extra firm, and silken.

  • Firm Tofu has a solid texture and holds its shape well when cooked. It is ideal for grilling, stir-frying, and braising, as it retains its form and absorbs flavors from sauces and spices.
  • Extra Firm Tofu has an even denser and sturdier texture than firm tofu. It is excellent for pan-frying, deep-frying, and baking, as it can withstand higher temperatures and maintain its shape without breaking apart.
  • Silken tofu has a smooth texture with a high moisture content. It is often used in stews, soups, and desserts. Siken tofu can add a creamy consistency.
Bowls filled with different ingredients.

Unique Ingredients Found in Korean Recipes

  • Gochujang: Gochujang is one of the most complex ingredients to describe. It is sold in a thick paste, similar to Thai Curries. However, Gochujang combines sweet, spicy, salty, and fermented flavors. It is a unique flavor, but the unusual complexity will leave you wanting more.
    * Try one of these gochujang substitutes if you need or want a different flavor.
  • Sesame Oil: Sesame oil is a key ingredient in Korean cuisine, known for its distinctive nutty flavor and aroma. It is used in cooking and as a finishing oil to add depth and richness to dishes.
  • Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are often toasted and sprinkled on top as a garnish. They have a subtle nutty flavor and add visual appeal. Sesame seeds, in white and black varieties, are commonly used in Korean cooking.
  • Dark Soy Sauce: Dark soy sauce, also known as Jin Ganjang, has a thicker consistency and a more intense flavor than regular soy sauce. Dark soy sauce also has a rich, umami taste.
  • Rice Vinegar: Rice vinegar is made from fermented rice and has a tangy and slightly sweet flavor. It helps to balance and brighten the dish’s flavors by providing an acidic element.

Korean Tofu Recipes

Braised tofu in a bowl.

Spicy Korean Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)

These pan-fried tofu slices coated in a sticky, sweet, spicy gochujang and soy sauce will convert every tofu hater. Serve it as a side dish or a vegan main with short-grain rice, surrounded by Korean banchan.

Korean braised tofu being held by chopsticks.

Korean Spicy Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)

Convert hardcore carnivores with a cheap meal that’ll make them forget about the meat! This Korean Spicy Braised Tofu, or Dubu Jorim, is packed with mouthwatering flavor using only a handful of ingredients. It’s the perfect busy weeknight (aka last-minute!) dinner that’ll confidently satisfy meat and veggie lovers alike!

Gochujang tofu in a bowl on top of rice.

10-Minute Korean Braised Gochujang Tofu

10-minute Korean braised gochujang tofu is a quick and simple but flavor-packed dish. Known as dubu jorim in Korea, it must be fried until golden brown and simmered in the delicious sauce. Perfect as a side or main!

Korean kimchi soup in a bowl.

Kimchi Jjigae

This Kimchi Jjigae recipe is SO quick to put together and comforting on any gloomy day! There’s nothing that warms the soul like a steamy bowl of soup.

Gochujang spicy Korean tofu in a bowl.

Spicy Korean Tofu in Gochujang Sauce

This Korean tofu is pan-fried until slightly crisp and simmered in a sweet and spicy gochujang sauce. It’s perfectly paired with steamed rice.

Tofu bulgoni on a wide bowl with rice and chopsticks.

Vegan Tofu Bulgogi 

Indulge in the bold, savory, and delightful combination of flavors found in our homemade Tofu Bulgogi. This delectable dish captures the essence of Korean BBQ, all while being entirely plant-based and perfect for a satisfying weekday dinner.

Double dredged Korean tofu garnished on a plate.

Double Dredged Gochujang Tofu

This ultra-crispy double-dredged tofu has the best, most satisfying crunch! This crispy tofu recipe is so good. It holds well to sauces like this clingy, spicy, and sweet gochujang glaze.

Kimchi fried rice in a bowl garnished with green onions.

Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice

This easy and fast kimchi fried rice contains tons of protein from extra firm tofu and can be made with any rice you like. The recipe includes links to a foolproof homemade kimchi method, or you can use store-bought kimchi.

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