Crispy Fried Tofu with Spicy Korean Dipping Sauce

Crispy fried tofu is another healthy, low calorie appetizer. The spicy Asian dipping sauce is based on ssam jaang, a Korean dipping sauce. In addition to Thai chili bird peppers, I’ve omitted rice wine vinegar and soy bean paste (both used when making ssam jaang – as I understand). I love meat – all meat. Even raw meat…and yet, I still enjoy this quick and easy to make dish! Hope you enjoy as well. Don’t forget to leave a comment below – thanks!

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crispy fried tofu with Korean dipping sauce

serves 4

1 package firm tofu – cut into bite size cubes
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large shallot – minced
4 gloves garlic – finely minced
2 Thai bird chili – finely minced
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame seed oil
2 tsp. Korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru)
2 tsp. sesame seeds
2 scallions – sliced

1. dipping sauce
In a medium size bowl add garlic, Thai chili bird peppers, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, hot pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and scallions. Mix gently.

2. crispy fried tofu
Heat vegetable oil on high in large frying pan. On high heat, sear tofu on each side for 4-5 minutes, or until crispy. Serve.

7 Responses to “Crispy Fried Tofu with Spicy Korean Dipping Sauce”

  • Joel
    on May 3rd, 2010 at 2:42 am Said:

    Im not a fan of non-meat dishes but this was awesome…. definitely need to try it out soon!

  • Linda
    on May 3rd, 2010 at 2:55 am Said:

    I agree. Tofu itself is not very flavorful. The combination of it being fried along with the highly seasoned dipping sauce makes it a dynamite combo!

  • Phil
    on May 3rd, 2010 at 3:16 am Said:

    Thanks man…it’s really easy to make too.

  • Steve
    on May 17th, 2010 at 12:41 am Said:

    It was a beautiful warm May day with a cool ocean breeze on the Northshore so we decided to have something quick, the Tofu with Spicy Korean Dipping Sauce. While we like hot and spicy we decided not to be suicidal and cut back the hot pepper flakes to one teaspoon. It turned out perfect. The tofu directions were clear but we were thrown off by the beautiful picture. We should have cut the tofu into cubes as we used something more like the picture and made them too thin. We switched to a non stick frying pan for the second batch and had much better results. I’m going back for a teaspoon of the dipping sauce right now. Your right, its yummy.

  • Phil
    on May 17th, 2010 at 2:34 am Said:

    Thanks for the comment Steve! I’m glad you enjoyed the fried tofu. If you like – next time, try dipping the tofu in an egg wash, then coating with panko before frying:)

  • Ben
    on June 29th, 2010 at 4:32 am Said:

    Grew up eating this. Love it. I wonder why the dichotomy in this country between tofu and meat? Our family eats tofu and meat together all the time!

  • Phil
    on June 30th, 2010 at 11:22 am Said:

    I think it may have something to do with tofurkey?

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