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Air Fryer Tofu

Cooking tofu in an air fryer is quick and easy to do. In around ten minutes, you’ll be enjoying tasty tofu that is perfect as a quick snack or as part of a main meal.

air fried tofu in a bowl with a sweet chilli dip

What You Need To Make Crispy Tofu

For exact measurements, head down to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

ingredients for air fryer tofu laid out - tofu block, soya sauce, seasoninggs, next to an air fryer

Tofu

Use firm tofu, not silken. Either buy a chunk of firm tofu or a tin of tofu chunks.

Soy Sauce

Optionally, use a little bit of soya sauce to marinate the tofu in.

Sesame Oil

Oil is optional, but it can help give the tofu a crispy exterior and extra flavour.

Seasoning

Some tofu comes seasoned, so you might be able to leave any extra out; if not, use your favourite seasoning; options include; BBQ, Cajun, Curry, Garlic and Paprika.

Cornflour

A little cornflour can help crisp up the tofu; this is an optional ingredient, but it does assist with drying out the tofu.

Air Fryer

You can use any air fryer for cooking tofu. I have made this in a Ninja Foodi (using the air fryer function) and a Proscenic Air Fryer.

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How To Make Air Fryer Tofu

Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes before placing them in a bowl.

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Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, seasoning and cornflour and toss to coat everything together. Leave to marinate for about 5 to 10 minutes.

marinate tofu chunks in seasoning, soy sauce, sesame oil and cornflour

While the tofu is marinating, preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F.

Transfer the tofu to the air fryer basket, and ensure there is enough space between each piece – you may need to air fry them in batches if your air fryer basket is small.

tofu chunks in an air fryer basket

Air fry for 10 minutes, shaking the basket at 5 minutes. This will help to ensure the tofu is cooked on all sides. Air fry for longer if needed.

air fryer tofu in a bowl on a chopping board

Tofu Seasoning Ideas

Tofu takes on the flavour of whatever it is cooked with. When it comes to seasoning tofu, there are plenty of options.

Try marinating the tofu in soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil for a savoury dish. You can also add ginger, garlic and some herbs and spices for extra flavouring.

If you’re looking for something sweeter, try coating the tofu in a mixture of honey and sriracha sauce.

Another option is tossing the tofu in barbecue sauce or Sweet Chili Sauce.

What To Serve With Crispy Tofu

Air-fried tofu can be enjoyed on its own, with your favourite sauce or dip (sweet chilli sauce works well as a dip), in a salad or in a wrap.

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air fryer tofu in a bowl with sweet chilli dip next to it

Air Fryer Tofu

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Air fryer tofu is quick to prepare and is ready in just 10 minutes. Serve with your favourite dips or sauces!

Ingredients

  • 300g firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp seasoning*
  • 2 tbsp cornflour

Instructions

  1. Cut the tofu into 1 inch size cubes using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors.
  2. Place in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients, tossing everything together until the tofu is well coated.
  3. Leave the tofu to marinate for 5 to 10 minutes. During this time, you can preheat the air fryer at 200C/400F.
  4. Transfer the marinated tofu to the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes. Shake the basket at 5 minutes to ensure the tofu crisps all the way over.
  5. Serve alone or with your favourite dip.

Notes

*seasoning - I used 2 tsp of season-all, but you can use any flavours, try garlic powder and paprika or a curry powder spice mix.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1202mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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