Mapo Tofu

easy mabo tofu recipe

5 from 3 reviews

Mapo tofu “麻婆豆腐” is a Sichuan comfort food that is light yet packs a powerful punch in flavor. “麻” means numb in Chinese, a popular type of spice in Sichuan cuisine. This spice is quite popular and can be considerably addicting.


  • 1 box of soft tofu

  • ½  lb ground turkey, pork, or beef 

  • 1 tsp white pepper

  • ½ tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 tsp cornstarch

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp ginger, sliced and bruised

  • 1 cup of chicken broth

  • 1 tbsp of soybean paste

  • ½ tbsp of thai chili pepper, deseeded and sliced (optional) 

Thickening Sauce

  • ¼ cup of water

  • 3 tsps of cornstarch



Notes: I like using the Japanese soybean paste for this dish for the mild flavor that comes through with the sauce.

Keywords: mapo tofu recipe, mabo tofu