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Korean Spicy Sticky Vegan Tofu

Updated: Jan 12

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Korean Style Spicy Sticky Vegan Tofu

Dive into the rich tapestry of Korean cuisine with our Spicy Sticky Korean Vegan Tofu. This vegan recipe combines the fiery zest of Korean spices with the comforting neutrality of rice, offering a meal that's as nourishing as it is exciting. With each bite, experience a delicious harmony between the heat of the spices and the cool simplicity of rice.



Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes





  1. Begin by preparing the tofu. Wrap the tofu block in a clean kitchen towel and set a heavy object on top for 15-20 minutes to expel excess moisture. After pressing, cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes for even cooking.

  2. Cook the jasmine rice as per the package instructions until each grain is separate and tender. Fluff with a fork once done and cover to retain warmth.

  3. In a non-stick skillet, warm the sunflower oil over medium flame. Once hot, add the tofu cubes. Sauté, turning occasionally, until all sides are golden and crispy, approximately 8-10 minutes.

  4. As the tofu cooks, prepare the sticky sauce. In a small mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic, grated ginger, soy sauce, maple syrup, gochujang, and rice vinegar. Stir until well mixed.

  5. Once the tofu is cooked, reduce the skillet's heat to low. Carefully pour the sauce mixture over the crispy tofu. Let it simmer gently, frequently stirring, until the sauce thickens and adheres to the tofu, creating a glossy coating (about 5 minutes).

  6. To serve, spoon the fluffy jasmine rice into bowls. Top with a generous helping of the spicy sticky tofu. Garnish with a sprinkle of sliced spring onions and toasted sesame seeds to enhance flavor and texture.


Additional Tips:

  • Drizzle extra sesame oil before serving for a added flavor.

  • Pair with pickled vegetables or a side salad for added freshness and balance.


Allergy information / alternatives:

  • Tamari can substitute soy sauce for a gluten-free option.

  • Lower the heat by using less gochujang or a milder alternative like sweet chili sauce.


Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 450

  • Protein: 20g

  • Fat: 13g (Saturated: 2g)

  • Carbohydrates: 65g (Sugars: 8g)

  • Fiber: 3g

  • Sodium: 800mg

Note: The nutritional information provided is approximate and may vary based on the specific ingredients used and their proportions.


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