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Easy Fried Salt and Pepper Tofu Recipe – Better than Takeout

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  • Author: Living the Gourmet
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 blocks of firm tofu, pressed and cubed
  • Cooking oil, for grilling
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 3-4 chopped scallions, divided
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 3-4 pieces of fresh garlic, grated

Seasoning for tofu:

  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Korean chili flakes
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. turmeric


  1. Wrap the tofu blocks in paper towels and place on a plate.  Place a heavy pan on top and press the tofu for about 10-15 minutes.
  2. After pressing, dice the tofu into desired sized cubes.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cornstarch and flour then roll the cubes in this mixture.
  4. Heat a large cast iron pan with about 1/2-inch of cooking oil.
  5. Place the cubes in the heated oil and allow to get golden on all sides.
  6. Transfer the tofu cubes on a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess oil.
  7. Add the grated ginger, garlic, and half of the chopped scallions into the oil and toss.
  8. Add the cooked tofu back to the pan with the ginger, garlic, and scallions then toss.
  9. Remove from the pan dust with the spice mixture.
  10. Place the sliced sweet onion in the pan and cook until it is translucent. Add that to the tofu and give it one more toss.
  11. Garnish with the rest of the chopped scallions.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
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