Don’t ever be afraid to try something new. With tofu, pork, and spices, this dish is incredibly flavorful and easy to create! In under 30 minutes, this dish will be on your table!

Mabo Tofu

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

15 min

Total Time

25 min

Recipe Type: Japanese

Serving Size: 1 cup

Makes 4 servings


  • 1 block extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ pound ground pork (or ground beef)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chile sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  1. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a medium-sized pot.
  3. Add onion, garlic, ginger, red pepper, and ground pork.
  4. Cook until browned.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, chile sauce, cornstarch, and chicken broth.
  6. Add to the ground pork and bring to a boil.
  7. Add tofu and stir gently for 3 minutes.
  8. Mix in green onions and sesame oil.
  9. Serve over rice.



Calories 310 (150 from fat)
Total fat 17g
Saturated fat 3g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 380mg
Carbohydrate 9g (1g dietary fiber, 2g sugar)
Protein 32g

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