Side Dishes

Pan-Fried Stuffed Tofu (煎酿豆腐)

Pan-Fried Stuffed Tofu (煎酿豆腐)

For fans of tofu and stuffed dishes, 煎酿豆腐 or Pan-Fried Stuffed Tofu is a real treat. It's a classic Cantonese dish that's packed with flavors and textures. The tofu serves as little pockets that hold a delicious mixture of minced meat and seasoning, while pan-frying locks in the flavors and gives the tofu a delightful, crispy exterior.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 4 blocks of firm tofu each block about 6cm square
  • 200 g ground pork or chicken
  • 1 small carrot finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying


  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce


Prepare Tofu Blocks:

  • Cut each block of tofu into halves horizontally to create a pocket for the stuffing. Be careful not to cut all the way through.

Prepare the Filling:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine ground pork, minced carrot, minced garlic, and chopped spring onions.
  • Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, white pepper, and cornstarch to the meat mixture. Mix until well combined.

Stuff the Tofu:

  • Carefully spoon the meat mixture into the pockets of each tofu block. Press lightly to ensure the filling stays inside.

Pan-Fry the Tofu:

  • Heat a pan over medium heat and add vegetable oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, carefully place the stuffed tofu blocks filling-side down into the pan.
  • Cook until the meat filling is browned and slightly crispy, then flip to cook the other side of the tofu until golden brown.

Prepare the Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients.
  • Bring to a simmer while stirring, until the sauce thickens.

Combine and Serve:

  • Place the pan-fried stuffed tofu on a serving dish and pour the sauce over them.
  • Optional: garnish with some chopped spring onions or sesame seeds for added flavor and texture.

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