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Air Fryer Tofu

Try this recipe for air fryer tofu the next time you need a healthy (vegan) snack. It’s perfectly crispy fried tofu like it’s been in the deep fryer, but is way healthier. Quick prep time, fast to cook, this healthy snack is ready in no time. 

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Air fried tofu
Crispy air fryer tofu.

How to Cook Tofu in an Air Fryer

Crispy air fried tofu makes a delicious meal or snack. I love deep-fried tofu, but I don’t love the calories that go along with it!

Luckily, cooking tofu in an air fryer is quick and easy and a great healthy alternative to frying it in oil. The action of the hot air means air frying gives you delicious crispy tofu, but without all the extra fat.

For some other healthy air fryer recipes, try: air fryer carrots, air fryer zucchini fries, or air fryer sweet potato wedges

Scroll down for the recipe card for this crispy air fryer tofu recipe, or read on for all the details. 

Ingredients

Quantities are given in the recipe card below. 

Tofu: There are a few different types of tofu, you will need to use firm tofu (ideally extra firm tofu) for this recipe. Soft tofu (aka silken tofu) doesn’t have the right texture for this recipe and will fall apart when it is seasoned. 

Flour: Use all-purpose flour. This is mixed with the seasoning and creates the crispy coating on the outside of the tofu. You can substitute almond flour or another gluten-free flour if you prefer. 

Seasoning: This recipe uses a simple homemade seasoning mix of five-spice, brown sugar and salt. You can use another type of seasoning if you want a different flavor, try adding some onion powder, or garlic powder, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, or chili powder. 

Oil: A little oil is needed to get really crispy tofu. I normally use light olive oil in my air fryer, but you can use any cooking oil with a high smoke point (e.g. vegetable oil, corn oil, avocado oil). 

Directions 

Step 1: Prepare. Cut the block of tofu into cubes around 1-inch square. Pat the cubes dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. 

Step 2: Add some seasoning. Mix the flour, spices, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl with the oil. Then add the cubed tofu and mix to combine. 

When you are mixing the tofu pieces in the spice mix be sure to mix it gently as possible as it is easy to damage the tofu cubes.

Step 3: Air fry tofu. Place the cubes of tofu in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Try to make sure they are not touching each other, as this allows the hot air to contact all surfaces helping to get the tofu crispy on the outside.

Air fry the tofu for around 15 minutes until it is golden brown and crispy on the outside. If you want crispier tofu you can air fry it for an additional 2-3 minutes until it is done how you like it. 

Air fried tofu in air fryer basket
Air fried tofu.

Serving

Serve the air fried tofu with your favorite dipping sauce, try: 

  • Soy sauce or tamari
  • Peanut sauce
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Sweet soy sauce 
  • Hoisin sauce 
  • Sriracha or hot sauce

Storing and reheating

Store any leftover fried tofu in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within three days.

You can reheat tofu in the air fryer – place the tofu cubes in the air fryer basket in a single layer, and air fry at 360°F/ 180°C until warmed through.

Air fryer crispy tofu recipe card

Air fried tofu
Yield: 2

Air Fryer Tofu

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

How to cook tofu in an air fryer

Ingredients

  • 10 oz tofu , (firm style)
  • 2 tsp five spice
  • 1 tsp flour
  • ½ tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 360°F (180°C).
  2. Mix spice, salt sugar and oil in a bowl.
  3. Cut tofu into approx. 1in cubes.
  4. Add tofu to bowl and gently mix to coat tofu cubes in the spice mix.
  5. Place tofu in air fryer basket so that the cubes are not touching each other.
  6. Air fry tofu for 15 minutes.
  7. Serve with Hoisin sauce or soy sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 6.9gSaturated Fat: 0.7gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 588mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1.7gSugar: 1.4gProtein: 13.4g

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