Korean Fried Tofu Gimbap - Lee Sang Min
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Fried Tofu Gimbap - Lee Sang Min

Crunchy Korean fried tofu gimbap balanced with some spicy peppers and topped with a delicious sauce combo for a super easy and cheap lunch made by the Korean celebrity, Lee Sang Min!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 2 people (3 rolls)
Author: Jennifer | Chopsticks and Flour


Rice Seasoning

  • 2 ½ cups of cooked white rice
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 ¼ tsp rice vinegar
  • Pinch of salt

Main Ingredients

  • 1 package firm tofu about 16 oz
  • 2 scallion chopped
  • 2 spicy peppers chopped (jalapenos or serrano peppers)
  • 3 sheets gim
  • Oil for shallow frying
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • Teriyaki Sauce


  • Make the seasoned rice. Place the rice in a medium sized bowl and mix in the sesame oil, rice vinegar and salt. Mix thoroughly so the seasoning is evenly distributed.
  • Place the tofu on a cutting board and tap the tofu with a paper towel to dry out the liquid. Too much water will make the oil splatter when placed in the oil to fry. Cut into 1 cm (⅖ incsquad width strips. (I cut into about 26 or so strips of tofu).
  • In a medium sized frypan, add enough frying oil to just cover the tofu strips. Heat the oil on medium-high heat. Once heated, shallow fry the tofu in batches. Fry until the tofu strips are golden brown. It took about 3 ½ - 4 minutes for me.
    Fried Tofu Gimbap - Lee Sang Min
  • Optional: Lightly roast the gim directly on the heat or on a non-oiled frypan.
  • Put a sheet of gim, shiny side down. Spread ⅓ of the rice (about ¾ cuonto the gim evenly. Leave about 1½ - 2 inches at the top empty.
  • Preferred: If using, lay the gim on top of a bamboo mat. This will help to roll the gimbap. If not, lay gim on a flat surface like a cutting board. It will be slightly harder to roll but still doable! Lay ⅓ of the tofu on to the rice.
  • Top with a squirt of mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce. I used about 1 Tbsp each but you can adjust to your preference.
  • Lay the scallion and jalapenos on top of the tofu. Lift the bottom bamboo edge (or giwith both hands, and roll the mat over the filling tightly - away from you and tuck in the filling with your fingers.
  • Press it firmly as you roll the gimbap. Brush a bit of sesame oil on the outside for shiny look, if desired.
  • Repeat, 2 more times! Cut the gimbap into ½ inch slices. Enjoy! Gimbap is always great with a side of pickled radish, kimchi or ramyun!
    Fried Tofu Gimbap - Lee Sang Min


Tip 1: Check that the oil is hot enough when you place a wooden chopstick in the oil and it begins to bubble.
Tip 2: The tofu should be golden enough so that the outside layer is fried and no longer moist so the gim will not become damp but the inside is still chewy. The first time I fried it for about 5 minutes and it became too hard!
Tip 3: You can buy teriyaki sauce or like I did, make about 1/3rd the batch on genius recipes! https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/restaurant-teriyaki-sauce-133751