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Easy Mapo Tofu Recipe

Updated on April 11, 2015

Mapo tofu simmered ground pork with tofu in 3 easy steps

If you do not like tofu, this Mapo tofu recipe will make you into a convert. Known for its spiciness, this Szechuan dish can be toned down to your liking. Ground pork, tofu, store-bought packaged Mapo tofu sauce and green onions are the four ingredients needed to make this super easy recipe.

Tofu is sold in most mainstream grocery stores and comes in firm, medium firm or soft consistency.The prepared Mapo Tofu sauce is what makes this recipe so easy to make and is conveniently available online. This cuts down the need for sesame oil, black bean paste, Szechuan peppercorn, chili bean paste and a host of other ingredients. Throw in some chopped green onions and dinner or lunch is ready in three easy steps.

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These are the ingredients you will need - 1 package tofu, 1 package Mapo Tofu sauce, 1/2 lb. ground pork, chopped green onions

Packaged tofu are readily available in almost all supermarkets as soy is a good source of protein. All health-conscious folks will attest to that. For this recipe I chose the medium firm organic tofu which was on sale for $.99 at the local Asian store. Mapo Tofu packaged sauce already has the black bean paste and spices that give it the distinct kick. Depending on how hot you want it, this is available in hot, medium mild and mild. I opted for the medium mild. Add some chopped green onions, whether plucked from your own garden or store-bought, and you are all set to making this incredible dish.

Ready to go - Mapo Tofu sauce - How spicy do you want it? Hot, medium hot and mild

Let's get started

Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into 10-inch skillet - Set temperature to medium high

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Add 4 oz. of ground pork - about 1/2 lb. - Stir until evenly browned about 5 minutes

Add Mapo Tofu sauce - This is the secret ingredient

Simmer sauce with meat for 2 minutes - Allow the spices to meld with the ground pork

Cut tofu into cubes - Tofu comes in firm, medium firm and soft.

Open the tofu package and throw out the liquid. Score the tofu with a sharp knife right in the container.

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Add cubed tofu into meat sauce

Add and simmer tofu with meat sauce for another 2 minutes - Tofu tends to break apart so be careful when blending

NOTE: Medium firm tofu will hold its shape when blended with the meat sauce. Soft tofu, which I really prefer, will fall apart when tossed around too much. This is what happened when I made this dish the second time. Next time around, I will stick with the medium firm tofu.

Add chopped green onions - Serve with steamed white rice - better than "take out"

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Mapo Tofu made famous by anime

Did you know mapo tofu is the favorite dish of an anime character named Kanade?

Are you a Mapo tofu convert now? - Let me know you stopped by.

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    • IMKZRNU2 profile image


      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      This dish looks wonderful!

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      5 years ago

      You got me convinced. Mapo Tofu is on my schedule for cooking sometime this week. :)

    • jlshernandez profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @GrimRascal: @GrimRascal, that is really funny that Mapo Tofu is a fav of one of the anime characters. Thanks for sharing this bit of info.

    • GrimRascal profile image


      5 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      Wow, Mapo Tofu! Never thought I'd see this lens after just watching an anime where the favorite meal of one of the characters is Mapo Tofu. ;]

    • jlshernandez profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: @WriterJanis, I think you will like this dish. Just pick the degree of spiciness you prefer with the Mapo Tofu sauce.

    • jlshernandez profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Heidi Vincent: @FreshStart7, you can pass on the meat portion and add mushrooms or your favorite vegetatbles and still use the Mapo Tofu sauce. It makes a delicious vegetarian meal.

    • jlshernandez profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Aunt-Mollie: @Aunt-Mollie, using ground beef is a great alternative to mix with tofu. You get the best of two worlds for a healthy and hearty meal.

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      5 years ago

      I'd like to try this using beef instead of pork. It looks like a great idea for using tofu, which has many good qualities for improving health.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      Great lens and recipe, bakerwoman. It looks really delicious but I will have to pass on the ground beef since I am a vegetarian!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      I'd be willing to give this a try.


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