Air Fry Tofu Recipe

air fry tofu recipe
air fry tofu recipe

Here’s a quick and delicious recipe for crispy Air Fryer Tofu that you can make in just 10 minutes! This tofu is not only easy to prepare but also perfect for meal prepping. If you’re a fan of crispy tofu, well-seasoned and ready in no time, then this recipe is for you!

What is an Air Fryer?

An air fryer is a small countertop convection oven that uses hot air circulation to cook food, giving it a fried-like texture without the need for excessive oil. It’s a versatile kitchen tool that can be used to prepare a wide array of dishes, from fries to burgers, bagels, and even tofu! At Takeout Food, we highly recommend having an air fryer as it’s a game-changer when it comes to quick and healthy cooking. If you’re looking for a reliable air fryer, check out our current air fryer that we adore.

Notes on the Ingredients

To make this crispy air fryer tofu, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Extra firm tofu: Make sure to get the right kind of tofu, avoiding the “silken” variety. Press the tofu before using it in this recipe for the best results.
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, ground black pepper, and sea salt: These simple seasonings will elevate the flavor of your tofu. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings to suit your taste preferences.
  • Cornstarch: This secret ingredient helps draw out excess liquid from the tofu, resulting in a crispy exterior.
  • Light soy sauce or liquid aminos: Use light soy sauce or liquid aminos for a less salty flavor. Coconut aminos can also be used as an alternative.
  • Sesame oil or any oil: Though optional, a small amount of oil enhances the crispiness, texture, and flavor of the tofu.

How to Make Air Fryer Tofu (Step by Step Instructions)

Making air fryer tofu is incredibly easy and yields perfectly crispy tofu in a short amount of time. Just follow these steps:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, place the pressed and cubed tofu. Add the light soy sauce or liquid aminos and toss to coat.
  2. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, ground black pepper, sea salt, and cornstarch to the bowl. Toss thoroughly to combine.
  3. Place the tofu in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring each piece has some space around it.
  4. Set the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) and cook for 10 minutes. Shake the basket after 5 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  5. Once the tofu is cooked, remove it from the air fryer and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy it on its own or pair it with your favorite dip or side dish.

Air Fryer Tofu

You can get creative with your toppings and serve the tofu with a variety of sauces or in different dishes. The options are limitless!

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Make sure to use extra firm tofu and avoid the silken variety as it will yield a different texture. For more details, check out our Tofu 101 IG series on our official website.
  • If you have a smaller air fryer, it’s best to cook the tofu in two batches to avoid overcrowding and ensure even cooking.
  • Cooking times may vary depending on the air fryer model, so check if your tofu needs an extra 5 minutes. Mine was perfect after 10 minutes!
  • Wondering how to press tofu? We’ve got you covered! Check out our detailed guide in the Tofu 101 section on our website. The prep time includes the time required to press the tofu.
  • Feel free to switch up the seasoning mix to suit your taste. Some ideas include using Italian seasoning with dried parsley, oregano, and dried basil, or trying out BBQ or Cajun seasoning. Get creative and have fun experimenting with different flavors!

At Takeout Food, we’re passionate about providing you with culinary inspiration and guidance. If you have any more questions or need further culinary knowledge and inspiration, check out our FAQs below.


Q: Can I use a different type of tofu for this recipe?
A: While extra firm tofu is recommended for its texture, you can experiment with other types. Just keep in mind that the cooking time and texture may vary.

Q: Can I freeze the cooked tofu and reheat it later?
A: Yes, you can freeze the cooked tofu and reheat it later. However, keep in mind that the texture may change slightly upon reheating.

Remember, Takeout Food is your go-to resource for culinary inspiration and guidance. Visit our official website at Takeout Food for more mouthwatering recipes, step-by-step guides, and the latest culinary insights. Happy cooking!

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