dubu jorim braised korean tofu recipe
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Dubu Jorim (Korean Braised Tofu) Recipe

Hey guys, Kevin here! Today I have a recipe for one of Sierra’s favorite Korean side dishes, dubu jorim.

Dubu jorim, or Korean braised tofu, is one of the simplest, tastiest side dishes (banchan) in Korea. The traditional Korean cuisine calls for a variety of side dishes that go along with a bowl of rice, so each side dish is easy to make and preserve. Tofu, especially, is very versatile and goes well with lots of spices/sauces; hence, we have this popular dubu jorim side dish. You will find this in many Korean restaurants or home-made meals.

In the States, this dubu jorim can actually serve as an entree to go along with some rice or even noodles. Packed with protein, add your favorite veggies on the side, and you are good to go with your balanced meal!

This recipe will take only 10 minutes each to prep and cook. I highly suggest you try this recipe when you are in the mood to quickly whip up something tasty! Best eaten warm or cold, save the leftovers in the fridge and serve it the next day.

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Dubu Jorim (Korean Braised Tofu)

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Recipe by Kevin Lee Course: Side DishCuisine: KoreanDifficulty: Easy


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Dubu jorim is a popular side dish in Korea, and with this quick and simple recipe, you can make this delicious dish at home. It’s so delicious and easy to make that it’ll soon be your go-to tofu recipe!


  • 16 oz firm tofu (1 block of tofu; firm tofu will make it easier for us to fry it without breaking)

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (e.g. canola, vegetable, avocado, coconut, etc…)

  • Sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce

  • 6 tbsp water

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (or substitute with your favorite type of sugar)

  • 2 tbsp gochugaru (korean red pepper flakes; use less or none if you prefer less spicy food)

  • 1 clove garlic (should be about 1 teaspoon)

  • Equipment
  • Skillet


  • Drain the pack of tofu and place it on a cutting board
  • Slice the tofu into Ā½ inch thick pieces. Make sure you dry off each piece of tofu with a paper towel!Dubu Jorim (Korean Braised Tofu) Recipe
  • Mix the ingredients for the sauce together in a bowl and set asideDubu Jorim (Korean Braised Tofu) Recipe
  • Heat up a skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, put the oil in the pan and swirl around a few times so the bottom is covered. (See here if you’re using a stainless steel pan)
  • Carefully place the tofu pieces into the skillet. Cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes until the bottom is light golden browndubu jorim recipe tofu in pan
  • Carefully flip the tofu over and cook for another 3-4 minutes until light golden browndubu jorim recipe flipped tofu
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Spoon the sauce over the tofu until each piece is covered, then pour the rest into the skillet. Make sure to lift up and move the tofu around a bit so that the bottoms get covered with the sauce as wellDubu Jorim (Korean Braised Tofu) Recipe
  • Cook for 2 more minutes, then flip the tofu pieces over and cook for another 2 minutesdubu jorim recipe sauce on flipped tofu
  • Remove the tofu from the skillet and place on a plate. Spoon any remaining sauce over the top of the tofu. Serve with a side of rice or enjoy by itself!dubu jorim recipe with rice


  • Gochugaru is a commonly used spice in Korean cooking. You should be able to find it easily in any Asian supermarket. You can also order it off of AmazonĀ here.

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