Mapo tofu is one of the most common foods in Japanese homes. It's very easy to cook on a stovetop but cooking it in a microwave cuts the cooking time in half. This recipe is very hard to resist. It always makes me want to eat more rice.

Pearl Ishizaki


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Drain tofu, wrap in paper towels, and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes. Unwrap and slice into 3/4-inch cubes.

  • Whisk miso paste, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, oyster sauce, doubanjiang, ginger, and garlic together in a bowl.

  • Whisk 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch together in a small bowl until smooth.

  • Combine miso mixture, remaining water, ground beef, and ground pork together in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and cook on 600W for 4 minutes. Drain liquid into the cornstarch mixture; mix well.

  • Mix tofu, cornstarch mixture, and green onion carefully into the bowl of ground meat. Cover and cook until flavors combine, about 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; 19.3 g total fat; 44 mg cholesterol; 800 mg sodium. 12.5 g carbohydrates; 26.1 g protein; Full Nutrition