Mapo Tofu Recipe – quick and easy!

Hi There! Today  I’m sharing with you  our favorite Mapo Tofu recipe. I’m not Chinese, but am married to one. I have somewhat embraced his culture, including his food. Mapo Tofu is one of his favorites. I like how the tofu balances the flavors of the chili bean paste and coriander.

mapo tofu recipe

Here’s my  easy Mapo Tofu recipe – 

500 grams pork, minced/ground
1 cup tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (the soft kind is best)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. ginger, chopped
1-2 tbsps. chili black bean paste
1 bunch (approx. 2 tbsps) fresh coriander or cilantro (in Pinoy, wansoy!), chopped
2 tbsps. oil for sauteing
1/4 cup cornstarch/soy sauce slurry*
salt and pepper to taste

*To make slurry: Mix 1 tbsp of cornstarch, 2-3 tbsps of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of sugar, and a dash of salt with 1/4 cup of cold water.

1. Heat oil in a wok pan. Saute onion, ginger and garlic in oil over high heat. Add the minced pork and continue to stir until pork is light brown.
2. Add the black bean paste, and stir for another 2 minutes or so. Reduce heat to medium.
3. Pour the slurry into meat mixture. Simmer and stir occasionally until mixture thickens.
4. Add tofu and coriander, and stir a few times (be careful not to crush the tofu!). Cover and simmer over low heat for about 1 minute.
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
6. Serve in individual bowls over hot steamed rice! A healthier alternative is to spoon over individual lettuce leaves and roll like fresh lumpia.

Good for 4 voracious eaters or 6 skimpy ones.

Enjoy! Did you try this Mapo Tofu recipe? Let me know how it goes in the comment section below.

6 thoughts on “Mapo Tofu Recipe – quick and easy!

  1. hi Chateau!


    I love your whole Weekend Cook idea! and the history behind it even more. 🙂

    I am a lazy cook, although like you, I don’t measure anything. pinch of this, some of that…

    I LOVE tofu. I have to try this. I think I’m gonna download your recipe and have a friend of mine who loves to cook try it out. Of course, I’ll invite myself over for dinner when she does. hehehe

  2. Hi Alternati!
    It’s so easy to cook, i hope you and your friend like it! 🙂 There’s a healthier variation, btw. Instead of topping it on rice, spoon over lettuce leaves and roll like fresh lumpia. lemme add that to the post hehe.

  3. What a lovely idea. I will certainly look forward to your Weekend Cook.

    I love tofu! This looks like a nice recipe. I’ll ask my husband to give it a try one of these days.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Rach! I’m sure you’ve encountered this recipe before in Chinese restaurants, as you love Chinese food.
    Hi Vader’s mom! Thanks for peeking into my recipe. I hope it works out fine!

  5. Hi chateau,

    Thanks for the recipe. it’s the simplest i found ever. I hated tofu before but when we went to little asia, my friend told me to try the meat with tokwa. it tasted delicious and yummy. Since then, ialways make sure that mapo tofu is on the menu. and btw, for the health conscious guys out there, tofu is rich in protein and is good if you’re on weight reduction management! ciao!
    keep it up! Chill out!

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