Crispy Easy Gochujang Tofu Recipe

gochujang tofu

Welcome to a culinary adventure where the vibrant flavors of Korean cuisine meet the versatility of tofu. In this recipe, we’ll be exploring the delightful fusion of crispy tofu with the bold, spicy-sweet notes of gochujang sauce, complemented by the citrusy brightness of orange.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or an adventurous home cook, this Gochujang Tofu dish promises a symphony of tastes and textures that will tantalize your taste buds. So, let’s dive in and discover how to create this mouthwatering dish that’s sure to become a favorite in your repertoire!

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Ingredients & Substitutions:

  • Tofu
    • Extra firm tofu (about 14 oz)
    • Cornstarch
    • Low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
    • Oil
  • Sauce
    • Gochujang
    • Orange, juiced
    • Orange zest
    • Maple syrup (sub honey or agave)
    • Rice vinegar
    • Ginger
    • Garlic, minced
  • Toppings
    • Green onions, sliced
    • Sesame seeds

Helpful Tools:

  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Whisk
  • Pan
  • Baking sheet (optional for baking method)

How To Make This Easy Gochujang Tofu Recipe:

Prepare Tofu: Tear tofu into bite-sized pieces.

Toss with cornstarch and soy sauce.

Cook Tofu: Cook tofu in oil until crisp, about 8 mins.

Make Sauce: Whisk together sauce ingredients.

Combine and Cook: Add sauce to pan with tofu.

crispy gochujang tofu in pan marinade

Cook until thickened, 2-3 mins.

crispy gochujang tofu in frying pan

Serve: Serve with rice and vegetables, top with sesame seeds and green onions.

gochujang tofu with orange
gochujang tofu recipe

Tips & Tricks

  • For extra crunch, bake tofu slightly longer.
  • Adjust gochujang for preferred spice level.
  • Experiment with different cabbage varieties.


Can I use a different type of tofu?

Yes, but adjust cooking times accordingly.

Is gochujang very spicy?

It has a kick, but adjust to your spice preference.

Can I make this gluten-free?

Yes, use tamari and ensure your chosen substitutes are gluten-free.

gochujang tofu recipe

Easy Gochujang Tofu

Enjoy crispy tofu coated in a tangy orange-infused gochujang sauce, topped with sesame seeds and green onions. A delightful blend of sweet and spicy flavors!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Korean
Servings 4



  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp oil


  • 3 tbsp gochujang (use less if you don't want it too spicy)
  • ½ orange juiced
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup sub honey or agave
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 heaping tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  • 2-3 green onions, sliced
  • 4 tsp sesame seeds


  • Tear tofu into bite-sized pieces. Toss in a bowl with cornstarch and soy sauce to combine.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil into a pan on medium heat and cook for about 8 mins or until the tofu is crisp on all sides. (For baking instructions, see notes below)
  • While the tofu is cooking, prepare the sauce by whisking together the orange juice, orange zest, gochujang, maple syrup, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.
  • Add the gochujang sauce into the pan with the tofu. Cook until the sauce has thickened and all tofu is coated. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with rice and steamed vegetables if desired and top with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!


Baking Instructions:
Spread tofu out onto a baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees for 30 mins, flipping tofu halfway. Then proceed to add it into a pan with the sauce and follow the rest of the recipe instructions. 
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Conclusion: Gochujang Tofu

In the realm of tofu delights, Gochujang Tofu stands out for its bold flavors and simple preparation. Elevate your culinary skills with this enticing dish, perfect for any occasion!

Get ready to embark on a journey of taste and texture, and remember, the key is in the perfect balance of gochujang magic.

6 thoughts on “Crispy Easy Gochujang Tofu Recipe

  1. Maria says:

    5 stars
    Yum this recipe was so easy and delicious! My husband who usually doesn’t like to have tofu but loved this!

    • spicyveganfood says:

      YAY!! I love to hear when someone is open to a tofu recipe that normally doesn’t like tofu. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Monika says:

    5 stars
    I was super impressed with this gochujang tofu, so easy to make 🙂

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Thank you so much I’m so happy you loved the tofu recipe! One of my faves too 🙂

  3. Ryan says:

    5 stars
    Loved this tofu recipe, just switched over to a more plant based diet and loved this recipe so much this is the 3rd time I’m making it!

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Oh wow thank you SO much!! I’m so happy you are making this recipe on repeat. Thank you so much for your kind review!

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