Mapo Tofu Recipe – How To Make Mapo Tofu – Chinese Food Recipe

Total Time: 25 mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound ground beef or ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chili bean paste (Doubanjiang)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound package medium firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil or chili oil
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until the hot oil sizzles, about 1 minute. Add ground beef (or ground pork) and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Make sure to break up the meat into small pieces to help even browning.
  2. Add ginger, garlic, Sichuan peppercorns, crushed red pepper, and white pepper (if using). Stir well and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add Shaoxing wine, chili bean paste, chicken broth (or water), and cornstarch. Mix well until smooth and let the sauce mixture simmer over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until thickened a bit.
  4. Carefully add tofu and toss gently to coat. Optionally, you can gently heat the cubed tofu in a large cooking pot of boiling water over medium heat for 1-2 minutes to firm up a bit, and then transfer into the sauce mixture.
  5. Stir in sesame oil (or chili oil) and green onions and let the tofu simmer in the sauce for 1 minute.
  6. Serve immediately with a bowl of steamed rice or fried rice.

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