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Mapo Tofu

Mapo tofu, known in Japanese as mabo dofu, is a Szechuan dish. Like many foods from the province, it is traditionally spicy. In Japan, mabo dofu is a very popular and fast meal to make.

35 minutes

2 Mapo Tofu Servings

  • 2 cups nishiki rice
  • 2 oz. ground beef
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • Approx. 12 mini bok choys
  • 18 oz. firm silken tofu
  • 1 ½ cups of rice
  • 1 box of mapo tofu sauce
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp roasted sesame oils

  • 1 sharp cooking knife and cutting board
  • 1-2 frying pans or skillets
  • cooking chopsticks
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • rice cooker


    1. Rinse 1 1/2 cup rice until the water is clear (measure using rice cooker cup)
    2. Soak for 30 minutes, then follow your rice cooker’s instructions
    3. Drain and cube 1.5 boxes of firm silken tofu
    4. Brown 2-3 oz. ground beef or ground pork
    5. Add 1 full packet of Mapo Tofu sauce
    6. Carefully add cubed tofu
    7. Very gently mix in tofu (minimize stirring to avoid breaking tofu)
    8. Cook until sauce thickens
    9. While it cooks down, toast sesame seeds in a hot pan until fragrant. Set aside.
    10. Thoroughly rinse the mini bok choy
    11. Trim the stems and slice lengthwise
    12. Heat sesame oil in the pan
    13. Once hot, add the bok choy cut side down to sear
    14. Add half of the soy sauce and a little water
    15. Lower heat and cover. Steam for 2-3 minutes
    16. Use cooking chopsticks to flip over one by one
    17. Add remaining soy sauce and evenly sprinkle sesame seeds.
    18. Once rice is finished, keep it in the rice cooker for 15 minutes to finish steaming
    19. Serve and enjoy while it’s hot

    20. Gochisosama deshita! (Thanks for all your hard work!) Let’s go enjoy some mapo tofu.

      To learn more about Mapo Tofu, head to our blog.
Nishiki Premium Rice: Medium Grain 5 lb
Mori-Nu Silken Tofu: Extra Firm
House Mabo Tofu Sauce: Hot
J-Basket Roasted White Sesame Seeds
Kadoya Pure Sesame Oil
Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce