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Vegetarian Mapo Tofu

20 minutes Vegetarian Mapo Tofu is seriously SO delicious and easy to make at home. Spicy, savory, and delicious Vegetarian Mapo Tofu is one of my go-to recipes that pair perfectly with rice. I created this Vegetarian Mapo Tofu for my vegetarian friend, and not going to lie … I may even like the vegetarian version more! PRO-TIP: make extra rice, because trust me, you will need it!
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Taiwanese
Keyword: 20 Minute Recipes, 30 Minute Dinner, Asian Food, Asian Recipe Easy, Asian Recipes, Asian Recipes for Dinner, Authentic asian recipes, Chinese Food, dinner Ideas, Easy, Easy Recipes, QUICK RECIPES, rice recipes, Taiwanese Food, Taiwanese Recipes, VEGETARIAN, Vegetarian Recipes
Yield: 4 People


  • 20-30 Shiitake Mushroom
  • 1 lb of Soft Tofu cut into cubes
  • 1.5 tbsp of Doubanjiang
  • 2 stalks of Green Onion
  • 1.5 tbsp of Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 2.5 tbsp of Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp of Sugar
  • 0.5 tbsp of Ground Sichuan Peppercorn
  • 1-2 cups of Water or Vegetable Stock


  • Break the Shiitake mushroom apart with your hands into small bite-sized pieces. You want it similar to ground meat texture.
  • Chop up the green onion, and separate it into the white and the green
  • Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes
  • In a pot, turn the heat to medium-high, and drizzle in oil. Add in the white parts of the green onion and garlic. Saute together for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add in the mushroom, and saute for another 2-3minutes.
  • Drizzle in soy sauce, doubanjiang, sugar, and ground Sichuan peppercorn. Mix until everything is combined.
  • Gently add in the tofu, and pour in water or Vegetable stock. Bring it to a simmer while gently moving everything around
  • Simmer for another 3-4 minutes. If you want a thicker consistency, thicken with corn starch mixture (1 tbsp of Corn Starch and 3 tbsp of Cold Water, mixed together).
  • Garnish with the rest of the green onion and enjoy!


I recommend using FRESH shiitake mushroom if you can find it, as it is easier to peel. If you can’t find fresh shiitake mushrooms, you can use any fresh mushroom of your choice such as oyster mushroom or cremini mushroom. If you use dehydrated shiitake mushroom, make sure to soak it for 1 hour in hot water, and using a knife, chop it into small pieces.