Korean-Style Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)-2 TOO NARROW
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time:
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Korean-Style Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)


By Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD
    • 1 block (14 oz) firm or extra firm tofu
    • ½ to 1 tablespoon cooking oil
    • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1-2 teaspoons gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes) or red pepper flakes
    • 1-2 two toasted sesame seeds
    • 2 green onions, sliced thin
    • 1 tablespoon water (optional)
    • Optional additions to the sauce: 1 clove of garlic, minced (about ½-1 teaspoon) or 1 teaspoon mirin or rice vinegar

Instructions for Korean-Style Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)

  1. Open the package of tofu and drain the liquid. Pat dry with a paper towel or clean cloth, then slice down the middle. Then cut crosswise to create 12 pieces of equal size and thickness.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Once heated, pat the tofu dry and gently place the pieces into the heated skillet. Sear at least five minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crisp.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients, reserving some of the sesame seeds and green onions for garnish. Whisk the soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, gochugaru, sesame seeds, and green onions in a small dish or bowl. Add a small amount of water to thin the sauce.
  4. Spoon half of the sauce onto the tofu, then flip and add the remaining sauce. Sear for 1-2 more minutes, then remove from heat. Transfer the cooked tofu to a serving dish and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions. Drizzle any remaining sauce from the pan over the top and serve with steamed rice, kimchi, or other pairings.