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Spicy Korean Tofu Recipe

Spicy Korean Tofu - quick and easy Korean braised tofu with chili powder, garlic, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. This Korean side dish (banchan) is healthy and delicious.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Keyword Spicy Korean Tofu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 121 kcal



  • 1 box 16 oz firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 stalk green onion stem removed and cut into small rounds
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Korean red chili power
  • 1 red chili seeded, pounded with mortar and pestle, optional
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Cut the tofu into rectangle shapes, about 1/4-inch thickness. Pat dry with paper towels. Mix all the ingredients in the Sauce together. Set aside.

  2. Heat up a non-stick skillet on medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is heated, add the tofu and pan fry until brown on both sides. Add the sauce to the skillet and lower the heat. Simmer the tofu until the sauce reduces but still somewhat wet. Turn the tofu over to simmer on both sides.

  3. Transfer to a serving platter and top with chopped scallions. Serve at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Korean Tofu Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 92
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.2g16%
Saturated Fat 1.5g9%
Sodium 455mg20%
Carbohydrates 5.7g2%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 4.3g5%
Protein 2.8g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.