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Korean tofu on a blue plate with sesame seeds.

Korean Tofu

  • Author: Laurel Perry
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Diet: Vegan


Korean Tofu is a sweet and spicy vegan dish that is ready in 25 minutes. Tofu is braised in a sweet and spicy sauce for ultimate flavor!


  • 1 (14-16) oz package firm tofu, drained
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey, or sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 green onion, cut into rounds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon gochugaru
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Use your hands to gently press the drained tofu with paper or kitchen towels to remove excess moisture. Slice the tofu into ½ inch thick rectangles or squares.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. While the tofu is cooking, whisk together the water, soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, green onion, garlic, gochugaru, and sesame seeds.
  4. Pour the sauce over the tofu and lower the heat to a steady simmer. Cook, on one side for 3-4 minutes, flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the tofu has absorbed the color of the sauce and the sauce is reduced. Serve topped with more green onion and sesame if desired. Enjoy!


Gochugaru: these chili flakes are what make Korean Tofu, Korean Tofu. There is no substitute but they can be easily and affordably found online!


  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 458mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: sesame, gochugaru, green onions, garlic, maple syrup, spicy, easy, tofu, vegan, gluten free, one pan