Ohsun's Spicy Braised Tofu
Braising is a simple way to pack maximum flavor on the nutty canvas that is tofu. If you’d like an even firmer texture, you can drain and freeze the block of tofu, thawing it out the night before you want to make this recipe. If you’d like a softer situation, medium-textured tofu is perfect. This recipe will work the same for both.
- 1 package firm or medium tofu, drained
- ½ yellow onion
- 2 TBSP vegetable oil
- 3 TBSP soy sauce
- 1 TBSP gochugaru chili flakes
- 1 TBSP brown sugar
- 1 TBSP rice vinegar
- 1 TBSP toasted sesame oil + 1 tsp more for finishing
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 large clove garlic, grated
- 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced for garnish
Halve the tofu block lengthwise, then cut it into 1/2-inch-thick squares. Pat dry with a paper towel. Peel and thinly slice the yellow onion.
- In a large nonstick pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onion pieces and saute for about 5 minutes. Fry the tofu pieces for about 5 minutes per side, until they’re browned on each side.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, garlic, gochugaru, brown sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, and water.
- Increase the heat under the tofu to high and pour in the braising sauce. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pan. Simmer for about 10 minutes, occasionally flipping the tofu pieces, until the braising liquid reduces to a syrup and the tofu pieces are coated. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Transfer the braised tofu to a medium serving platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds, sesame seed oil, and green onions to serve.