Korean pan-fried tofu is crispy and chewy, just the way you like to eat tofu. No pressing is required before cooking and it is the best low-effort, pan-seared tofu dish you can easily make at home.
Take the tofu out of its package and rinse. Cut tofu into 1/2-inch thick slices.
Gently press each tofu slice with a paper towel to remove excess water from the surface.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sear the tofu until a nice golden crust forms on the surface, about 5 minutes.
Mix soy sauce, Korean chili flakes, garlic, green onion, shrimp powder (if using), sesame oil, and toasted sesame seeds in a small bowl.
Flip the tofu slices to the other side and continue to sear another 5 minutes.
Arrange the tofu slices in a serving platter and drizzle the soy chili sauce on top. Garnish with fresh red chili (if using) and serve with rice.