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Crispy Air Fryer Tofu – Connoisseurus Veg

This easy air-fryer tofu is crispy, delicious, and comes together in a flash! Perfect for stuffing sandwiches, topping salads, or just snacking!

Plate of Air Fryer Tofu with Hot Sauce and Chives

Well, I did it. I kind of got an air fryer. I say “kind of” because I actually got a new oven with a built-in air frying function. I’m super psyched about it though, and I chose my oven specifically for the air fryer element.

I’ve been playing around with it for a bit and so far this air fryer tofu recipe is my favorite. As much as I love good old baked tofu, nothing really compares to the crispy coating you get from air frying.

Let’s talk about how it’s done!

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What You’ll Need

  • Tofu. I like super firm tofu best for this recipe. Extra-firm will also work, but you’ll want to press it first.
  • Cornstarch.
  • Oil. Just about any high-heat oil will work. I like peanut oil for this recipe.
  • Soy sauce. Feel free to substitute tamari or liquid aminos.

Optional Seasonings

The recipe will work out just fine and be totally delicious with just the ingredients listed above, but if you’d like to add some extra flavor, try one or more of the following spices.

  • Cumin.
  • Smoked paprika.
  • Ginger.
  • Onion powder.
  • Garlic powder.
  • Cayenne pepper.

How to Make Air Fryer Tofu

The following is a summary of the recipe steps with some tips. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip to the full recipe.

  • Cut your tofu into bite-sized pieces. The recipe asks you to cut 1-inch cubes, but feel free to make them larger, smaller, or of a different shape.
  • Place the tofu pieces into a bowl with the cornstarch, oil, soy sauce, and any spices you’d like to add. Stir everything up to evenly coat the tofu.
Tofu in a Bowl with Seasonings and a Spoon
  • Place the tofu pieces in your air fryer basket. Be sure to arrange them so they’re not touching. This might require you to cook your tofu in batches.
Tofu Pieces Coated with Seasonings in Air Fryer Basket
  • Air fry the tofu for about 15 minutes at 425°F, until the pieces are browned and crispy.
Air Fryer Tofu Arranged in Basket

Leftovers & Storage

Air fryer tofu is best served right away, when it’s at it’s crispiest! If you do have leftovers, store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this recipe be made gluten-free?

Yup! Just use gluten-free tamari in place of soy sauce.

How is air fryer tofu served?

You can make it a main dish and pair it with a few sides, sprinkle it on a salad, stuff it on a sandwich, served it as an appetizer with dipping sauce, or snack on it by the handful.

Can this recipe be made without an air-fryer?

It sure can! Place the tofu cubes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake them for about 30 minutes at 400°F, turning halfway through.

White Wooden Surface Set with Napkin and Plate of Air Fryer Tofu

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Plate of Air Fryer Tofu with Chives on Top and Sauce on the Side

Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

This easy air-fryer tofu is crispy, delicious, and comes together in a flash! Perfect for stuffing sandwiches, topping salads, or just snacking!

Ingredients

  • 1
    (16 ounce or 454 gram) package
    super firm tofu*,
    cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1
    tablespoon
    cornstarch
  • 1
    tablespoon
    peanut oil
    (or high-heat oil of choice)
  • 2
    tablespoons
    soy sauce
  • Optional spices,
    such as cumin, smoked paprika, ginger, onion powder, garlic powder, or cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and gently stir to mix the ingredients and evenly coat the tofu.

  2. Arrange the tofu pieces in your air fryer basket so they are not touching. Cook them in batches if necessary.

  3. Air fry the tofu at 425°F for 15 minutes, until browned and crispy.

Recipe Notes

*Extra-firm tofu could be substituted. You’ll need to press it first.

Oven instructions: Place coated tofu pieces on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes, flipping  halfway through.

Nutrition Facts

Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

Amount Per Serving (4 ounces (¼ of recipe))

Calories 204
Calories from Fat 109

% Daily Value*

Fat 12.1g19%

Saturated Fat 1.8g9%

Sodium 470mg20%

Potassium 17mg0%

Carbohydrates 6.2g2%

Fiber 0.1g0%

Sugar 0.1g0%

Protein 18g36%

Calcium 77mg8%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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