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Spicy Korean Tofu with Pear Slaw -- This is a very easy and quick to make dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes. The spicy braised tofu is served with sweet & crunchy pear slaw.


34 serving

Total time

40 minutes






  • 1 oz 14 firm Tofu (., Firm or Extra , packs, drained and patted dry and cut into 8 rectangular slices)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce (Low sodium)
  • 1 tbsp red pepper (Korean powder (gochugaru) (or use 1½tsp red chili flakes))
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 onions (- thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (- finely minced)
  • 1 Pear Juice or Cider ((Bartlett preferred) - sliced into matchsticks (I used Anjou ))
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds (- toasted)


  1. To make the tofu: Heat 1tbsp toasted sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add the tofu in single layer and cook for 7~9 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, gochugaru and 3tbsp water. Stir in the scallions and garlic.
  3. Pour the sauce over the tofu, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the skillet and cook for 5~7 minutes, or until most of the sauce is absorbed. Flip tofu halfway through cooking.
  4. To make Pear Slaw: Toss pear matchsticks with rice vinegar and sesame seeds.
  5. To serve: Arrange 2 tofu rectangles on each of the 4 serving plates and top each with the par slaw. Serve right away!!
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