Braised Tofu with Ground Pork

Braised Tofu with minced pork is so easy to cook, and most of all delicious! It’s warming and hearty, blocks of crispy edged tofu floating in a delicious chicken broth, sprinkled with succulent morsels of ground pork – you have to try it! 

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

Why This Braised Tofu Is So Good

  • A hearty dish that’s ready in 15 mins.
  • Packed with Chinese flavors.
  • A wonderful mix of textures from the pork and tofu.
  • Great with a simple side of rice.

Ingredients

  • Firm/extra firm tofu
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking oil
  • Ground pork, beef, turkey or chicken
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Chicken broth
  • Oyster sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Water
  • Cornstarch
  • Green onions

How To Make This Braised Tofu with Ground Pork – Step by Step

  • Drain the tofu and place on towels or paper towels. To get rid excess water in the tofu, place another towel on top of the tofu, then place something flat and heavy (like a cutting board or a cast iron frying pan) on top. You can weigh the cutting board down by putting a couple of cans of soup on top. Let sit for 10 minutes. Cut the tofu into several slices 3/4″ thick. Season on both sides with salt, pepper.
  • Heat a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Very carefully and slowly slide in the tofu slices in one layer. Fry for 1 minutes, then flip to fry the other side for 1 minute until both sides are browned. Remove the seared tofu to a clean plate.
  • To the same wok, add in the ground meat. Saute until browned, about 2 minutes. Add in the garlic and the ginger and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the chicken broth, oyster sauce and soy sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and the cornstarch. In the wok, stir in the water and cornstarch mixture and bring everything to a simmer. Add the cooked tofu back in the pot. Lower the heat to medium-low. Let simmer for 5 minutes, until thickened. Mix in green onion. Serve with rice.

 

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork in a bowl

What Kind Of Tofu Should I Use?

Tofu USED to be inexpensive years ago – but that was before it was being marketed to the American market. Tofu companies never had to “market” to the Asian crowd – we have always loved it!

At some Chinese markets (and all of Asia), you can buy freshly made tofu – large blocks would be submerged in water, and you scooped out what you wanted.

Did you know that not all tofu tastes the same? There are big differences in taste and texture (I know some of you are saying, “what, not all tofu is BLAND!?”) My favorite brand  that is easily found in most regular grocery stores is Nasoya. Here’s Serious Eat’s Tofu Taste Test.

For this recipe, make sure you buy Firm or Extra Firm Tofu. Anything softer will fall apart in the dish.

Braised Tofu – A Super Easy Meal

This Braised Tofu with minced pork is a recipe you can whip up in no time! Just 15 mins, so perfect for a delicious and quick weeknight meal. You can do it all in a wok, which means little clean up too!

 

side shot of Tofu with Ground Pork in bowl

Why Cook In A Wok?

A wok has numerous advantages over the frying pan – it distributes heat more evenly, requires less oil, and ensures that food tossed during stir-frying lands back in the pan and not on the stove. Originally, all woks were round bottomed and made of iron – designed to be used with the traditional Chinese wood stove.

 

finished dish

Can You Freeze Tofu?

Once frozen, it can keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. After the tofu has been defrosted, drain or squeeze out any excess water. You can also freeze cooked tofu dishes such as pasta sauces or chili. Again, the tofu will take on a more porous texture.

minced pork and tofu in bowl

Top Tips For This Braised Tofu with Ground Pork

  • To get rid excess water in the tofu, place another towel on top of the tofu, then place something flat and heavy (like a cutting board or a cast iron frying pan) on top.
  • Use firm or extra firm tofu, anything softer will fall apart.
  • Get all your ingredients chopped and ready before you fire up the wok, as things will move fast when you start cooking.
  • Serve with a side of fluffy white rice.

 

0 from 0 votes
Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Braised Tofu with minced pork is so easy to cook, and most of all delicious! It's warming and hearty, blocks of crispy edged tofu floating in a delicious chicken broth, sprinkled with succulent morsels of ground pork - you have to try it! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: braised tofu, crispy tofu, tofu and pork
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 398 kcal
Author: Jaden Hair
Ingredients
  • 1 block firm or extra firm tofu
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 pound ground pork beef, turkey or chicken
  • 1 clove garlic very finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup cool water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 stalk green onion chopped
Instructions
  1. Drain the tofu and place on towels or paper towels. To get rid excess water in the tofu, place another towel on top of the tofu, then place something flat and heavy (like a cutting board or a cast iron frying pan) on top. You can weigh the cutting board down by putting a couple of cans of soup on top. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Cut the tofu into several slices 3/4" thick. Season on both sides with salt, pepper.
  3. Heat a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Very carefully and slowly slide in the tofu slices in one layer. Fry for 1 minutes, then flip to fry the other side for 1 minute until both sides are browned. Remove the seared tofu to a clean plate.
  4. To the same wok, add in the ground meat. Saute until browned, about 2 minutes. Add in the garlic and the ginger and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add in the chicken broth, oyster sauce and soy sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and the cornstarch. In the wok, stir in the water and cornstarch mixture and bring everything to a simmer.
  6. Add the cooked tofu back in the pot. Lower the heat to medium-low. Let simmer for 5 minutes, until thickened. Mix in green onion. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 912mg40%
Potassium 535mg15%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.