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Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce

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Pan fried tofu in garlic soy sesame sauce is an easy and delicious Korean tofu side dish. It’s so flavourful that even non-vegetarians would appreciate the taste!

Easy and delicious Korean tofu side dish - Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce (Dubu Buchim) recipe. Budget friendly and Vegetarian friendly | MyKoreanKitchen.com Today I’m going to share an easy peasy Korean side dish recipe using Tofu (Dubu, 두부). OK. One thing I learnt from Hollywood movies is that not many westerners like tofu. Can I safely assume that this is a stereotype? Or is this true?

Tofu is quite bland on its own but at the same time it is such a versatile ingredient that you can dress it up with anything. Like a sponge, it will soak up the sauce and then it will release well blended flavour when you bite it.

How to Serve Korean Pan Fried Tofu

In today’s recipe, first, we will be frying some tofu then we will be dressing this up with garlic soy sesame sauce. This dish is called Dubu Buchim (두부 부침) in Korea and it means pan fried tofu.

As I mentioned earlier, tofu is bland on its own, so it is typically served with some soy based dipping sauce at one’s Korean dining table. Alternatively this dipping sauce can be lightly poured or scooped out with a small tea spoon on the tofu. This sauce could be as simple as straight soy sauce or it can be mixed sauce like mine – garlic soy sesame sauce.

Garlic soy sesame sauce is the most common sauce that’s served with tofu but if you like it spicy, you could add a bit of coarse Korean chili powder (Gochugaru, 고추가루) in it as well.

I always make this dish after I use half of the tofu in some other cooking (e.g. Korean soybean paste soup). The Korean grocery store I often go to only carries one size (500g, 1.1 pounds) tofu pack and I often don’t need all of it in a recipe. Fried tofu in garlic soy sesame sauce is simple, easy and quick to make but still very delicious. Also it’s budget and vegetarian friendly. I hope you like it!

Ingredients for 2 to 3 servings as a side dish Easy and delicious Korean tofu side dish - Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce (Dubu Buchim) recipe. Budget friendly and Vegetarian friendly | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Main

  • 250g Firm (Korean) tofu – I might be biased but I think Korean tofu seem tastier than any other kinds of tofu I’ve tried.
  • 10g (0.4 ounces) green onion – thinly sliced
  • Some cooking oil (I used rice bran oil)

Seasoning sauce (mix these in a bowl)

*1 Tbsp = 15ml

**If you want to learn more about Korean ingredients, check my 30 essential Korean cooking ingredients list!

How to Make Pan Fried Tofu wit Garlic Soy Sauce

1. Take out the tofu from the packaging and drain off the water. Gently pat dry the outer layer of tofu with some kitchen paper. Cut the tofu into bite-sized pieces. (You can cut it into small cubes or cut into medium-sized rectangles, whichever you like). Gently pat dry both sides of the sliced tofu with some kitchen paper.

2. Preheat a (non-stick) frying pan on high heat and add some cooking oil and spread the oil across the pan. Easy and delicious Korean tofu side dish - Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce (Dubu Buchim) recipe. Budget friendly and Vegetarian friendly | MyKoreanKitchen.com 3. Add the tofu and pan fry both sides until they turn golden brown (about 2 mins each side on high heat). Turn the heat off. Easy and delicious Korean tofu side dish - Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce (Dubu Buchim) recipe. Budget friendly and Vegetarian friendly | MyKoreanKitchen.com 4. Stack the tofu in a shallow bowl and add the green onion. Pour the sauce around the tofu and green onion. Serve. Easy and delicious Korean tofu side dish - Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce (Dubu Buchim) recipe. Budget friendly and Vegetarian friendly | MyKoreanKitchen.com Easy and delicious Korean tofu side dish - Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce (Dubu Buchim) recipe. Budget friendly and Vegetarian friendly | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Note

  • If you let the tofu rest for 3 to 5 mins in the seasoning sauce, it should be tastily seasoned well.
  • An alternative to pouring the sauce onto the tofu is simmering the sauce over heat with tofu. This dish will be called Dubu Jorim (두부 조림) –  Braised tofu in garlic soy sesame sauce.


Easy and delicious Korean tofu side dish - Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce (Dubu Buchim) recipe. Budget friendly and Vegetarian friendly | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce

How to make pan fried tofu with garlic and soy sauce
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Side dishes
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: tofu
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 76kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen

Ingredients

MAIN

  • 250 g firm tofu , I might be biased but I think Korean tofu seem tastier than any other kinds of tofu I’ve tried.
  • 10 g green onion (0.4 ounces), thinly sliced
  • Some cooking oil , I used rice bran oil

SEASONING SAUCE (MIX THESE IN A BOWL)

Instructions

  • Take out the tofu from the packaging and drain off the water. Gently pat dry the outer layer of tofu with some kitchen paper. Cut the tofu into bite sized pieces. (You can cut it into small cubes or cut into medium-sized rectangles, whichever you like). Gently pat dry both sides of the sliced tofu with some kitchen paper.
  • Preheat a (non-stick) frying pan on high heat and add some cooking oil and spread the oil across the pan.
  • Add the tofu and pan fry both sides until they turn golden brown (about 2 mins each side on high heat). Turn the heat off.
  • Stack the tofu in a shallow bowl and add the green onion. Pour the sauce around the tofu and green onion. Serve.

Notes

1 Tbsp = 15 ml

Nutrition

Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 187mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 0.7% | Vitamin C: 0.8% | Calcium: 3.3% | Iron: 6.9%
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Last Updated: May 13, 2019

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23 thoughts on “Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce”

  1. Hi Sue, just dropping by to say thank you for sharing this recipe. It’s so easy to prepare yet so flavoursome, plus the ingredients are always readily in my pantry. This has been a regular dish on our dinner menu since I learn to make it. Look forward to more healthy and simple recipes from you : )

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe!
    Definitely the best tofu recipe I’ve tried! I loved it, so quick and easy to make.
    I actually thought tofu had to marinate for at least a few hours to get the taste of the sauce, but I was all wrong!

  3. Hi. Thank you for the recipe. This is the sort of food I cook when my hubby is out. He hates tofu! Next time I am alone I will try this. It looks just yummy.

  4. Being a vegan and a lover of tofu, I have to agreed that Korean tofu is by far the best tofu I have ever had, even when purchased in the supermarket, it still has that fresh taste. Once when I was in LA, I visited a Korean restaurant and ordered raw tofu, which was deliciously prepared by one of the chefs and melted in my mouth. I use Korean tofu mostly for all my tofu dishes. Your recipe sounds very yummy. Can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Hi Sue, I just can’t get enough of your recipes. Seems like every night I’m whipping up one of your Korean dishes. Last night I made the Pan Fried Tofu in Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce. It was so delicious. I did make two versions with one ingredient switched out – sugar. I made one version with Stevia – Can I say YUK!! The other version I followed your recipe and used regular sugar – can I say YUM! For both I used the Tamari Sauce instead of Soy Sauce. So, this one is a keeper.

    Oh, and I agree – using a non-stick pan is the best way to keep the Tofu from sticking and cutting it the same way as you have it in the picture.

    • Thanks so much Sydney! It’s always a pleasure to hear of a good outcome. Also thanks for letting us know what worked and what didn’t! I do have people asking me whether they can use alternative sugar such as stevia instead of sugar. I don’t personally use them. So your comment will be a very valuable reference for my readers. 🙂

  6. Hello Sue. First off, thanks so much for having this website. I just started cooking like two months ago and there are three sites that are my go-to for recipes, yours being one of them. As to Westerners and tofu (I think I have only seen this problem in North America though?) I think the problem is that they try to eat tofu by itself without doing anything to it straight out of the package. Now, I love meat and steak is my favourite thing ever but I eat tofu every day so there’s no vegetarian bias here, but one thing I don’t think I could ever do is eat it straight out of the package. ^x__x^;;

    Anyway, I love this tofu recipe, it is delicious. I had been taking pictures of the food I’ve been learning to make to show my friend who actually knows how to cook but this recipe was so delicious that I ate the whole thing before I remembered to take a picture. ^<__<^;;

    • Hi Z, Thanks for your review! I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed my recipe. I could totally relate to you when you said you forgot to take a picture because you were busy eating them. I do that often as well. 🙂 I hope I can share more tofu recipes in the future.

  7. So many people hate tofu, you are right… I think it’s only because it has become famous as a vegetarian meat substitution, so for many years only vegetarians and vegans ate it… I am a big carnivore, but I love tofu and your dish sounds both easy and delicious, just like you say. Actually now that I think, I make something a bit similar with tofu quite often… of course I’m sure the mixture of flavours is not so well thought and not so sophisticated.

    • Yeah, Tofu isn’t really meat substitute in Korea. It’s just another side dish you can cook up. It’s sad that so many people hate it! I’d love to see your tofu recipe. 🙂

  8. I love tofu but I have a hard time keeping it from sticking when I fry it even with oil. Any tips. Can’t wait to try this recipe

    • Hi Marcella, what kind of pan do you use? It shouldn’t stick in a non-stick pan (or a very well seasoned cast iron pan) as long as they are not too scratched. Other than that, I have no idea! I hope somebody else can share their tips!

      • Sometimes I spoon a bit of oil over the tofu and try to get a bit of a coat on it before putting it in the pan so you know you won’t hit any bare spots in the pan.

  9. Thanks for the recipe! It looks amazing. I actually love tofu, but I am a vegetarian so I guess I have a bit of a biased opinion. I’m not practiced in cooking it myself yet though, so I can’t wait to try this out!

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