Braised Tofu and Radish

Braised Tofu and Radish

I love tofu and I hope you do, too.

This has to be one of my favorite tofu dish.
Partnered with mellow radish and a little bit of chopped shrimp, I don’t need anything else on my table to finish out a bowl of rice if I have this.

With a good source of soy protein, calcium, and vitamins from the radish, you have quite a nutritious dish that screams to be Korean.

This is slightly spicy but not overly so. Adjust the amount of chili flakes depending on the spiciness your tongue can handle.


Cut tofu into 1/2″ thick slices.
oil in the non-stick surfaced skillet over medium heat.

Press each slice with a paper towel to absorb some water.

Sear the tofu slices for 5 minutes on each side. You will get golden crusts like these.

Meanwhile, slice the radish (preferably Korean, but daikon radish will do the job) into 1/4″ thick.

Slice an onion, too.

In a shallow pot or a skillet, spread onion and radish on the bottom and place tofu slices on top.


Cut shrimps into small chunks, or use tiny whole shrimps.

Throw them on top.  Do you see some wicked orangesh-shells?
They are shrimp heads. You don’t need to add them.

When I buy whole shelled shrimps, I save the heads and shells in the freezer to make stock with or to boost the flavor in some dishes.

Here are the real staff that makes this dish rise above. Left to right…
Korean soy sauce for soup, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, pepper, and minced garlic.

Mix them all together, and add a little water.

Drizzle over everything.

Cover with a lid and bring to boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Almost ready.

I like to add some sliced green chili, but you don’t need to. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
You can remove the shrimp heads, if using, at this point.

When radishes are chopstick tender, then it is done. (Poke radish with a chopstick to test)
The sauce tastes divine, so drizzle it over the tofu when you serve.

The best part of food blogging?

You get to eat what you created.


I am a eating tofu radish surprise,

and it is p-r-e-t-t-y good.

Braised Tofu dish

Braised Tofu and Radish

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3 as a side dish


  • Ingredients:
  • 8 oz firm tofu, slice into 1/2" thick
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 oz (230g) radish, slice into 1/4" thick
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3 oz (80g) shrimp, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon Korean soy sauce for soup
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Korean chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • dashes of black pepper


  1. Heat oil in the skillet over medium heat.
  2. Press each tofu slice with paper towel and add to the hot skillet. Sear for 5 minutes on each side until golden crust forms. Remove the tofu from the skillet.
  3. Add the radish and onion on the bottom of shallow pan or skillet and place tofu on top. Scatter the shrimps over.
  4. In a small mixing bowl combine the rest of the ingredients except the green chili. Drizzle the sauce over the tofu mixture in the pan. Cover with a lid and bring to a gentle boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes over low heat.
  5. Add the green chili, if using, and simmer for another 2-3 minutes. When the radish is nice and tender, it is done.
  6. Drizzle the sauce over to tofu and radish when you serve. Serve warm with rice.


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  1. 1

    kitchenriffs says

    Gosh, that's a pretty dish!  I like both tofu and radishes, and don't use either one enough (particularly radishes – why do I usually think of them only in salads?).  I'd definitely use the chili!  I love spicy.  Thanks for another great recipe.

  2. 4

    beyondkimchee says

     I love radishes in all sort of dishes. Radishes are quite versatile in Korean cuisines. We eat them as raw in salad or in kimchi, we use them in soups and stews, we pan-fry them as side dishes. It is one of those super vegetables.

  3. 9

    Jeremy Bates says

    What an excellent recipe with wonderful images to boot. One thing I have noticed about Korean food during my many and varied travels, is the colorful presentation.

    I am mindful of Chef Gordon Ramsay and the way he always insists on a proper presentation of a dish. Koreans seem to do this automatically because of the vegetables and care for their respective dishes.

    Great job on this blog. I will be checking back here and again for other recipes.

  4. 10

    beyondkimchee says

     Thanks Jeremy. I never thought of the colorfulness of Korean food. By saying that, you are right, Korean food is very colorful not only the dish itself but the culture of how we eat with so many side dishes on the table.
    Thanks for your precious comment.

  5. 11

    @FeelingFood says

    My son has given up red meat for Lent, so I'm currently cooking with lots of tofu and this looks like an incredible dish. I love tofu too and look forward to making this delicious sounding recipe. Your photos are beautiful!

  6. 14

    Begonia Sun says

    Holly, thanks for the recipe. I made it today. And it turned out beautifully. It is spicy and flavourful. Perfect to work up my appetite in the sudden heat of London :)

    • 15

      Holly says

      Begonia, good to hear that you liked it. This is one my favorite tofu dish and it does wake up my appetite, too, every single time.

  7. 16


    I made this yesterday and it turned out!! This might be my favorite so far. I did not add the Shrimp but it was still delicious! I added some roasted sesame seeds too.


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