How to Make Mapo Tofu

By grace.g.yang ยท October 6, 2010
Under: Asian,Cheap Eats,Chinatown,Chinese,Dinner,Lunch,My Life,Recipes

My mom taught me how to make this dish because it’s a good way to use tofu and it’s much better than anything you’d buy in a Chinese restaurant. It’s also extremely easy to make and is good for a quick weeknight dinner – the amount of hot sauce you add to the dish is up to you, but this is a quick, healthy, and easy dish that you should definitely try sometime.

Mapo Tofu Ingredients

2 boxes of regular tofu, cubed
1 pound of pork
3 large tablespoons of Chinese hot sauce
2 tablespoons of soy sauce, divided
2 tablespoons of corn starch, divided
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pinch sea salt
3-4 Green Onions
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Peanut oil for cooking


Combine one tablespoon corn starch, one tablespoon soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder to the pork and combine:


Cube the tofu into large chunks:


Cook the seasoned pork with peanut oil:


Once the pork is fully cooked, remove it from the pan. The pork should all be brown when you remove it from the heat:


Add a little more peanut oil to the pan and cook your tofu (don’t stir it too much or it’ll all break apart):


While the tofu is cooking, mix together the Chinese hot sauce with the remaining tablespoons of soy sauce and corn starch:


Add the hot sauce to the tofu:


Next, add the pork back to the dish:


Stir gently to combine:


Right before you turn off the heat, add some chopped green onions and sesame oil:


Ta da – mapo tofu:


We usually eat the dish with some brown rice because it’s so hot – definitely a good dish to whip up on a very cold night – it warms up your entire body!

Reader Comments

this is one of my fave chinese dishes EVER! i had no idea it was so easy to make. Definitely making mapo tofu this weekend!!!

Written By Sarah on October 6th, 2010 @ 10:13 am

awesome! I wrote about this a long time ago but didn’t know how to come up with the sauce on my own so I used the packaged stuff. Now I know!! =)

Written By esther on October 11th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

Tried this last night. Very easy and quick. Didn’t have Chinese hot sauce on hand so substituted Sriracha, and it turned out yummy. Thanks for the recipe!

Written By Cuz Mimi on October 13th, 2010 @ 11:37 am

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