What I like about eating Korean food is all the small side dishes that accompany the meal. They are easy to make and they just make your meal feel oh-so-complete. I made the seasoned tofu from the Quick and Easy Korean cooking cookbook by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee. Tofu is really such a versatile ingredients in Asian kitchen. Eat it on its own and it doesn’t have much taste. Use it in cooking and it absorbs whatever flavor you cook it with. The selection of tofu you can get at the grocery store these days is quite overwhelming. From soft, medium to firm texture, organic, lite, etc. The best thing is, you don’t have to go to Asian grocery store to get your tofu these days. They are almost everywhere at any grocery store.
This recipe called for firm tofu as it will hold up better during cooking. The tofu absorbs the flavor of the sesame oil, soy sauce, chili powder, and garlic. Such a simple thing yet so great.
- 18- oz package firm tofu
- 2 green onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp Asian sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tsp Korean chili powder
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Remove the tofu from its package and let it drain in a colander or on its side in a bowl
Combine the green onions and garlic in a small bowl. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and chili powder and mix
Cut the tofu cube lengthwise in half, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Carefully place the tofu slices in the skillet. Cook until the tofu is slightly browned on the bottom and getting a bit crispy on the edges, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the slices over and brown the other side
Reduce the heat and spoon the seasoning over the tofu, distributing it somewhat evenly. Cover an let steam for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve immediately
Recipe NotesVARIATION: If you like a little kick to the dish, finely chop 1/2 jalapeno (remove the seeds if you want to) and add it to the soy mixture