If you are looking for a healthy alternative to fried tofu, then air fryer tofu is a great option! This dish is made by coating tofu in a light seasoning and then cooking it in an air fryer. Air frying tofu is quick and easy, but best of all is perfectly crispy just like it was deep fried (but without the extra calories! ).
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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 oil and the calories that go along with it. It is so easy to make and so tasty, this has to be one of my favorite air fryer recipes!
Scroll down for the printable card for this crispy air fryer tofu recipe, or read on for all the details.
Quantities are given in the recipe card below.
Firm 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 a 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).
Step 1: Prepare. Cut the tofu block 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. Try to make sure each tofu cube is evenly coated.
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 them.
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. Flip it over halfway through cooking if this is required for your air fryer. If you want crispier tofu you can air fry it for an additional 2-3 minutes until it is done how you like it.
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
- Maple syrup
Or you can make a quick homemade dipping sauce by mixing: soy sauce (2 tablespoons), sesame oil (1 teaspoon), and rice vinegar (½ tablespoon). You can also add a sprinkle of chili flakes for some heat if you like.
Storing and reheating
Store any leftover air 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
How to cook crispy coated tofu in the air fryer.
- 10oz/ 300g tofu block, (firm style)
- 2 teaspoon five spice
- 1 teaspoon flour
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Preheat air fryer to 360°F/ 180°C.
- Mix spice, flour, sugar, salt, and oil in a large bowl.
- Cut tofu block into 1-inch cubes.
- Add tofu cubes to the bowl and gently mix to coat tofu cubes in the spice mix.
- Place tofu pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer so that they are not touching.
- Air fry tofu for 15 minutes, until golden brown and crispy on the outside [Note 1]. Air fry for additional 2-minute intervals if you prefer it more crispy.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
- Flip the tofu over halfway through cooking if this is required for your air fryer.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 537mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g
Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.
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