Air Fryer Tofu

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Crispy and flavored to perfection, this air fryer tofu recipe is every tofu lover’s dream. It takes only 10 minutes to make the crunchiest tofu bites that can be served for lunch, dinner, or even as a snack. 

air fryer tofu.

Tofu is an amazing source of protein, especially for vegans. Thanks to its neutral flavor profile, tofu can be infused with different flavors. It can also be cooked using different cooking methods. 

We have made pan-fried and bbq tofu, and have absolutely loved them. Sofritas is another flavorful tofu recipe you can try. Sometimes we keep things simple and just bake them. However, the quickest and most delicious way to prepare it is in the air fryer!

Table of Contents
  1. Why you’ll love this air fryer tofu recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to cook tofu in the air fryer 
  4. Flavor variations
  5. Tips for success
  6. Storage instructions
  7. More air fryer favorites to try
  8. Frequently asked questions
  9. Air Fryer Tofu (Recipe Card)

Why you’ll love this air fryer tofu recipe

For this recipe, we keep it simple and cook tofu bites in the air fryer until crispy. Flavored with soy sauce, sesame oil, and spices, this is perfect for your Asian-inspired dinners. 

  • Healthy. This air fryer tofu recipe uses very little oil which makes it a healthy dish to have in your diet. It’s also naturally high in protein and low in fat, and even has a little bit of fiber.
  • Quick. It takes around 10 minutes to cook tofu in the air fryer. Use this recipe whenever you need to make a quick lunch or dinner or need a protein addition to your meal.
  • Easy to pair. Serve this tofu as the main protein source for almost anything (like kale chips or French fries!) or stuffed into summer rolls or a filling for lettuce wraps.
air fry tofu.

Ingredients needed

This recipe calls for a few pantry staple ingredients. Here’s everything you will need. 

  • Tofu. Use extra firm tofu as it holds onto the sauce better and yields a more crisp exterior. If you only have firm tofu, squeeze out the moisture and/or dry it out for several hours before slicing it up.
  • Oil. We use both olive oil and sesame oil. The oils add flavor to the tofu, keep it moist, and help create a nice crust. 
  • Soy sauce. To infuse tofu with a rich savory flavor. 
  • Spices. Unseasoned tofu is rather bland. Using spices is a great way to add flavor to it. We use garlic powder and ginger powder for this recipe. 
  • Salt. To taste. 

How to cook tofu in the air fryer 

Step 1 – Prep the tofu

Cut the tofu into even bite-size pieces. Place it on a kitchen towel or paper towel to soak up the excess moisture. 

pat dried tofu.

Step 2 – Season and air fry

In a large bowl, mix the olive oil with sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, and spices. Add the tofu to the bowl and mix until fully coated. 

seasoned tofu.

Preheat the air fryer to 190C/375F degrees. Arrange the tofu in the greased air fryer basket and cook it for 10-12 minutes.

marinated tofu in air fryer.

Shake the basket several times to get the tofu crisped up on all sides.

crispy tofu in air fryer.

Flavor variations

The possibilities are endless when it comes to flavor variations for air fryer tofu. Here are a few ways to change up this easy tofu recipe. 

  • Use more spices, e.g. turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, red chili flakes, etc. 
  • Add hot sauce.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Swap soy sauce with tamari sauce for a less intense salty flavor. We often do this in a pad see ew and it works a treat!

Serving suggestions

Tips for success

  • Press the tofu before cutting it to remove the extra liquid and make super crispy air-fried tofu. 
  • Use low sodium soy sauce if you are watching your salt intake.
  • If you want to make this tofu extra crispy, toss the cubes in cornstarch before putting them in the air fryer. 
  • Another tip you can use to make the tofu bites crispier is to spray the tofu with cooking spray a few times while it cooks. 
  • Always add the tofu in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This way the tofu cubes will brown evenly on all sides. You may need to cook it in batches, too.

Storage instructions

To store. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

To reheat. To reheat air fried tofy, preheat the air fryer to 375F degrees. Add tofu to the air fryer basket and cook for a few minutes until heated through. 

To freeze. You can also freeze leftovers if you have made a big batch. Flash-freeze tofu and transfer it into an airtight bag or container. Keep cooked tofu in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

tofu air fryer.

More air fryer favorites to try

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Frequently asked questions

Does tofu cook well in the air fryer?

Tofu doesn’t need to be cooked for too long. We cook tofu to improve its texture and make it more palatable. The air fryer is one of the best ways to cook it. Ten minutes in the air fryer are enough to make it crispy and flavorful. 

Do you have to press tofu before air frying?

We highly recommend you press the tofu before air frying it. Pressing it helps remove the extra moisture from it which results in crispier tofu.

Why won’t my tofu get crispy?

A popular mistake that leads to soggy air-fried tofu is coating the tofu cubes in breadcrumbs or flour. As the tofu cooks, it releases water which is quickly absorbed by the breadcrumb or flour coating. This leads to soggy fried tofu. 

air fryer tofu recipe.

Air Fryer Tofu

5 from 19 votes
This Air fryer tofu recipe is a healthy, fast, and delicious way to enjoy this versatile vegetarian protein. It comes out super crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside!~
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 11 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 190C/375F. 
  • Cube the tofu into bite sizes pieces. Place the tofu on a dishtowel or paper towel to soak up excess moisture.
    pat dried tofu.
  • In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, and salt. Add the tofu and mix well, until all the tofu is coated.
    seasoned tofu.
  • Generously grease the air fryer basket and add a single layer of tofu to it. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket several times throughout.
    marinated tofu in air fryer.
  • Once the tofu is golden brown, remove it from the basket and repeat the process until all the tofu is cooked up. 
    crispy tofu in air fryer.

Notes

TO STORE: Store leftover crispy tofu in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
TO REHEAT: To reheat air-fried tofu, preheat the air fryer to 375F degrees. Add tofu to the air fryer basket and cook for a few minutes until heated through. 
TO FREEZE: You can also freeze air-fried tofu if you have made a big batch. Flash-freeze tofu and transfer it into an airtight bag or container. Keep cooked tofu in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSodium: 653mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 0.1IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 2g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I have a toaster oven air fryer and cannot get my tofu to ever be cripsy. I always squeeze the water out. Any suggestions on a non basket type of air fryer?