Make Dinner in Just 20 Minutes With This Recipe for Spicy Gochujang Tofu

A recipe for Gochujang tofu excerpted from Savoring by Murielle Banackissa

There was a time when I would eat tofu at least three times per week. My go-to recipe was by a well-known and incredibly talented Quebec chef, Caroline Huard (also known as Loounie). She has this simple, quick-to-make, tasty recipe called Tofu Magique, which consists of tofu coated in a mixture of lemon juice, tamari, maple syrup, and tons of nutritional yeast.

This Spicy Gochujang Tofu is my twist on Caroline’s recipe. Although this recipe is quick and easy to execute, I encourage you to not rush the crisping of the tofu, as this will make the biggest difference in the texture of the dish. You can also taste your sauce as you are making it, noticing how each element brings forth another layer of flavour notes, from umami and savory to spicy, sweet, and fermented.

(Related: This Spicy and Tangy Chana Masala Recipe Pairs Perfectly With Chilly Winter Nights)

Spicy Gochujang Tofu

 4 servings


  • 2 tbsp gochujang
  • 2 garlic gloves, grated using a Microplane
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 package extra-firm tofu, patted dry
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • Sliced green onions, for garnish
  • Black and white sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the gochujang, garlic, maple syrup, tamari, and rice vinegar until the gochujang is fully incorporated. Set aside. Break the tofu into bite-sized pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle in the cornstarch and nutritional yeast. Toss using a silicone spatula until the tofu is well coated. Heat the avocado oil in a nonstick pan set over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the tofu, leaving behind any excess cornstarch, nutritional yeast, and tiny tofu pieces. Cook, tossing the tofu often using a silicone spatula, until golden and crispy at the edges, about 7 to 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium. Pour the gochujang mixture over the tofu and cook, tossing, for 1 minute or until the tofu is coated and glistening.
  3. Remove from the heat and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve hot alongside rice, greens, or any of your favourite sides. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.

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Excerpted from Savoring by Murielle Banackissa. Copyright © 2024 Murielle Banackissa. Photographs by Murielle Banackissa. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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Originally Published in Best Health Canada