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This Cold Tofu with Spicy Chili Sauce recipe is fresh and flavourful with the right amount of heat. A no-cook easy to make dish ready in under 5 minutes!

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Growing up, I always watched my mom and grandparents eat chilled tofu with some kind of sauce poured over it. They would say “this is one of the best dishes, it’s so easy and quick to make and perfect for lazy people like me”. They even had dessert kinds with black sesame tofu and a sweet soy sauce. I never was into that until I had the chance of trying a Spicy Korean Tofu dish that was served chilled awhile back while I was still in school and ever since then, I’ve loved eating chilled tofu. I often found myself reaching for this dish, especially after 9pm classes because it literally took 2 minutes to make! I always changed up the sauce depending on what I had on hand, but found myself always coming back to this Korean inspired Spicy Chili sauce.

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Ingredients to make Spicy Cold Tofu

Although I used a Chinese chili bean sauce, because this was very much inspired by the one I had at the Korean restaurant so I’ll consider it to be a Chinese-Korean fusion kinda spicy sauce recipe. I have also made with with gochujang and it’s just as delicious! Just make sure to cut back on the amount because gochujang tends to be a lot spicier IMO.

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How to make Cold Tofu with Spicy Chili Sauce

  1. Open a pack of soft tofu and cut out a portion (if not done already) and place on a plate.
  2. Mix all the dressing ingredients together and pour over the tofu.

This no-cook tofu recipe can’t be any easier!

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To make it a complete meal, serve it with some rice or another main dish. You can even use this spicy tofu sauce as a dressing and throw in some firm tofu to make a easy tofu salad.

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More Korean side dishes to try!

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Cold Tofu with Spicy Chili Sauce

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Cold Tofu with Spicy Chili Sauce recipe is fresh and flavourful with the right amount of heat. A no-cook easy to make dish ready in under 5 minutes!


  • 1 package soft chilled tofu (700g), cut into 4 portions

Spicy Chili Sauce:


  1. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl until sugar dissolves completely. Spoon some sauce over chilled tofu and serve.


  • Instead of the Korean Chili bean paste, you can use Chinese chili bean paste or 1 heaping tbsp of gochujang. 
  • Store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Korean


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 185
  • Sugar: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 673mg
  • Fat: 12.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 3.2g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Protein: 15.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0


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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. One of my faves! It’s so simple to make, and so satisfying and filling. I like to score the tofu on the top so that the sauce can seep into the crevices.

  2. Made this last night and it was so delicious! I added in some sliced cucumbers as well to add more fiber and made a little bit extra sauce it was was perfect! I will definitely be repeating this recipe