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Vegan Spicy Korean Tofu

Crispy spicy tofu in a sweet and spicy Korean tomato sauce. Spiced with gochujang, a Korean red chilli paste. Perfect as a light meal served with rice or as a banchan (side dish) as part of a larger feast.

Vegan Spicy Korean Tofu

Crispy tofu in a spicy tomato sauce.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Lighter Bite, Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Servings 2



  • 1 block extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch)


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon gochujang
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  • Press the tofu to remove some of the liquid. For around 10 minutes. Preheat an oven to 200°C / 180°C Fan.
  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Once the tofu has been pressed, drain the liquid and cut it into 2cm cubes. In a bowl firstly coat the tofu cubes with the 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon soy sauce then coat with the 1 tablespoon cornflour.
  • Spread the tofu on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turning halfway.
  • Meanwhile, when there are around 5 minutes left on the tofu. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add the 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, once hot add the white parts of the spring onion, with the garlic and ginger. Reserve the green parts for garnish. Cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add the remaining sauce ingredients, 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup, 2 tablespoons gochujang, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons agave syrup, 1 teaspoon rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Cook for 1 minute until heated through. Remove the pan from the heat and wait for the tofu to be ready.
  • Once the tofu is ready, remove from the oven and add to the pan with the sauce. If the sauce has cooled down a bit you can return the pan to the heat to warm through.
  • Place in serving dish and garnish with the green parts of the spring onion.
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