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spicy gochujang sesame tofu

Spicy Gochujang Sesame Tofu (30-min. Recipe)

Spicy Gochujang Sesame Tofu. Fried tofu smothered in a delicious, spicy saucy gochujang based sauce with a hint of sesame. This vegan gochujang Korean tofu is quick to make in under 30 minutes or less and is fantastic for lunch or dinner. It is also great for meal prep too!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine korean
Servings 2
Calories 863 kcal


  • 450 grams tofu extra firm, sliced into rectangles
  • 1 stalk green onions sliced (optional garnish)
  • ½ tbsp cooking oil

Gochujang glaze:

  • 1 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp gochugaru
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Strain the water from your tofu and allow the tofu to sit in a colander for a couple of minutes. Then pat dry with a clean towel. Slice into bite size rectangles.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together your glaze ingredients until well combined.
  • Then in a non-stick pan set over medium heat, add your cooking oil. Once the oil is hot, carefully lower tofu into the pan and fry on both sides for 7 minutes, or golden crispy brown.
  • Once tofu is golden and crispy, pour in the glaze and let it simmer over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until thick, smooth and glossy.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with green onions (optional).

Suggest Equipment & Products

Large Non-Stick Pan
Measuring Set
Santoku Knife
Cutting Board
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  • Use extra firm tofu for this gochujang and tofu recipe. I would not recommend using medium or soft tofu. Even firm tofu may be difficult to work with but feel free to try!
  • Pat dry that tofu before frying. This is the trick to getting it crispier!
  • Be patient when browning the tofu. Brown on both sides for 20 minutes over medium heat. Avoid using high heat or you will burn the tofu.
  • Use a whisk to blend your sauce ingredients well. Otherwise you may have chunks of gochujang paste swimming in your sauce.
  • After pouring your glaze over your tofu, let it simmer and reduce for 2-3 minutes to thicken it. If you don’t thicken it, the sauce will slide right off the tofu.
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Calories: 863kcal | Carbohydrates: 155g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 455mg | Iron: 13mg