Korean Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)

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Korean Braised Tofu, or Dubu Jorim, is an extremely simple dish consisting of braised tofu in a delicious spicy, soy-based sauce. It comes together in just a few minutes and only requires one pan for a quick and flavorful side dish!

Close up of Korean Braised Tofu plated

Korean Braised Tofu, or Dubu Jorim is an excellent side dish to go with rice or noodles, and is great served hot or cold! Despite it being a vegetarian dish, the tofu is quite meaty and filling and pairs wonderfully with the spicy, soy-based sauce.

The best part about this Korean Braised Tofu, or Dubu Jorim is that you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days. The tofu will further soak up the delicious sauce and it’ll taste even better!

Watch the Korean Braised Tofu Recipe Video Below!

Ingredients You’ll Need For Korean Braised Tofu

To make Korean Braised Tofu, or Dubu Jorim, you’ll only need a few ingredients:

  • Firm Tofu
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Water
  • Gochugaru (Korean chili flake) – Gochugaru is Korean red chili pepper flakes (or powder, depending on which version you purchase). It’s vibrant in color and smoky in flavor, and while the heat level varies, it’s definitely on the spicy side. I love using this ingredient because of the layers of flavor it adds! I recommend you adjust the amount based on your spice tolerance level.
    • The recipe calls for 1 tbsp of gochugaru per 1 14-oz package of firm tofu. For me, this was about a 6 out of 10 on the spice scale, so you can adjust the amount of chili pepper flakes according to your taste.
  • Sugar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Garlic
  • Scallion
  • Neutral Oil – My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil here as well! These oils are neutral in flavor (unlike olive oil) and have a high smoke point.

Recipe Instructions

Prepare Your Tofu

Cut your tofu into 1/2″ to 1″ thick rectangles and pat dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. I prefer my pieces a little on the thicker side so I can get more color on them when searing them in the pan!

Mix the Braising Sauce

Next, you’ll want to mix together your braising sauce, which consists of soy sauce, water gochugaru, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, chopped garlic and scallions. Mix this together in a small both and put this next to your pan along with your prepared tofu.

Preheat 2 tbsp of oil over medium high heat in a non-stick pan and you’re ready to cook!

Once the oil has preheated over medium high heat, gently add your tofu to the pan. Pan fry the tofu for 2 minutes per side until they are golden brown all over. If you want to be extra thorough, you can also pan fry the shorter sides as well!

After the tofu is golden brown on all sides, reduce the heat to medium and add the braising sauce. Braise the tofu for 5-6 minutes over medium heat, spooning the sauce over the tofu as it continues cooking. You’ll see that the sauce will start to thicken up and reduce, which will create a beautiful pan sauce to spoon over your tofu!

If you enjoyed Korean Braised Tofu, or Dubu Jorim, be sure to check out my other Korean recipes below!

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5 from 29 votes

Korean Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)

Servings: 3
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Korean Braised Tofu plated in a bowl
This Korean Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim) is lightly pan fried then braised in a super flavorful, soy-based sauce!



  • Cut tofu lengthwise into 1/2" thick pieces.
  • In a bowl, mix soy sauce, water, gochugaru, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seed, garlic, and scallions.
  • In a medium pan, heat 2 tbsp of neutral oil over medium high heat. Pan fry tofu 2 minutes per side until golden brown on each side.
  • Add sauce and braise the tofu for 5-6 minutes over medium heat until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly. Serve with steamed rice and enjoy!


Calories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 8gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 3377mgPotassium: 355mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2493IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Korean
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for myself as a lunch meal. I didn’t get enough water out as many pieces broke when trying to turn them or before.

    However the sauce was super delicious. I served the braised tofu over rice.

    It was a perfect lunch.

    1. Hi Thom – I’m so glad you enjoyed it, but sorry to hear the pieces broke! Thanks for taking the time to comment your review.

  2. This was the first recipe of yours that I tried, and I loved it. Been using it for a year and my husband likes it too. Goes well with rice.

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight and it’s divine! Such a good balance of flavors and so freaking easy. This is my new go to tofu recipe now.

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Bravo! Best tofu recipe I’ve found. I’ve been trying to incorporate more tofu in my diet but remained disappointed with the flavor until today when I tried your Korean braised tofu. I’ll be making this often. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    Hi CJ! Found you on tiktok. Love your content. We made this today. Easy delicious and nutritious. Turned out perfect.

    1. C J absolutely wonderful. Im not fond of Tofu but this
      Did not taste like mushy Tofu. All the flavors meshed well i will make again and again..