Tofu Jorim
Easy Korean Side Dish

Tofu plays an important part in the Korean diet, its high in protein and eaten instead of meat as it has been traditionally cheaper and more readily available.

Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk, removing the curds and pressing them in to blocks, depending on the type of tofu produced the blocks may be allowed to set or curdled.

Tofu Jorim is a very popular side dish, and along with staples like Kimchi, Myulchi, and seaweed paper it is regularly served on a Korean food table.

A jorim is cooked in about a centimetre of water in a pan, its cooked until the water has practically evaporated from the pan, common jorim's include beef jorim, gamja jorim (potato) and tofu jorim.

I have used the following Ingredients:

  • 400g Firm Tofu


  • 3 Tablespoons of soy sauce 
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey or sugar 
  • 2 Sliced spring onions 
  • 1 Clove of crushed garlic 
  • 1 Tablespoon of red pepper powder

You can make a spicy and non-spicy dish; both are simple to make and will go with virtually any other dish.


In a small bowl add the ingredients for the sauce and mix these together. If you want a spicy side dish then add red pepper powder, if not leave this out.

Cut the tofu in to slices about 1/2 a centimetre thick and dry them out with kitchen paper.


To make Tofu Jorim, start by adding some oil to a hot pan, and fry both sides of the tofu until they are a light brown and firm, this will help it hold its shape better.

Pour the prepared sauce into the pan and add water to a depth of a centimetre, allow this to simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, turn the tofu over once if you can, and shake the pan gently every couple of minutes until water has mostly evaporated.

Once the tofu is cooked remove the tofu and place on a plate. You can pour the sauce back over the tofu before serving.

You can also make sauce separately and pour the sauce on top of fried Tofu.


Tofu Jorim can be served cold or hot and can be stored in the fridge for about a week. Serve alongside pretty much anything you serve whether is breakfast, Lunch or tea.

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