The Best Mapo Tofu Recipe

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Apr. 02, 2015

Mapo Tofu is a traditional Sichuan dish. It has a numbing sensation when you eat it. Its spicy, hot and savory. Its definitely my kind of good eats!
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For sauce
Pepper powder 1/2 Teaspoon ((Sichuan pepper powder))
Sichuan pepper oil 1 Tablespoon
Chili bean paste 1 Tablespoon
Salt 1/4 Teaspoon
Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon
Dark soy sauce 1/2 Tablespoon
Hot chili oil 2 Teaspoon
Other ingredients
Sesame oil 1 Dash
Soft tofu 1 Packet ((cut into 1/2 inch cubes))
Minced beef 4 Ounce
White pepper 1 Pinch
Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Dry red peppers 3 , minced
Cornstarch 2 Teaspoon ((mixed with 2 tablespoons of water))
Minced scallions 1 Teaspoon
Minced garlic 1 Teaspoon
Ginger 1/2 Teaspoon , minced



Blanch the tofu in boiling water for about 30 seconds. Add a pinch of salt to make the pieces more durable.

Take the tofu out and drain all the excess water.

Heat up the wok. Add 3 tablespoons of oil and cook on medium heat.

Add minced beef and then stir fry until well done.

Take it out and put it aside.

To the excess oil in the wok, add minced ginger, dry red peppers and chili bean paste.

Stir well until fragrant.

Add Sichuan pepper oil and water.

Then add all the other ingredients for the sauce (Sichuan pepper powder, salt, sugar, pepper, dark soy sauce, sesame oil)

Stir in the cooked minced beef.

Cover the wok for about 10 seconds.

Then add minced garlic, cornstarch water, chili oil, and scallions.

Carefully stir until everything is combined.


Serve with Asian greens or rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 552Calories from Fat 363

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 40 g61.5%

Saturated Fat 11 g55%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 954 mg39.75%

Total Carbohydrates 24 g8%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 5 g

Protein 24 g48%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet