How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated
Here’s How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Tofu cooked in just 10 minutes! This tofu is delicious, easy to make and great for meal prep!
 
 
When I asked a few weeks ago on Facebook what air fryer recipes do you want to see, there was a RESOUNDING “air fryer tofu”!! Well friends, it’s finally here and it is incredibly easy to make too. 
 

What’s an air fryer? 

crispy air fried tofu in an air fryer basket

An air fryer is much pretty exactly what it sounds like. It’s a small counter top high powered convection oven that through its cooking process, essentially cooks whatever you place in it as if it was being fried, except with air. Yes, that’s right, and it works too! Our air fryer is our most used device in our house and I would highly recommend everyone get one. My mom first asked for one and we were all shocked at what it could do.
 
Fast forward a year later and I wanted one as a gift too. We make everything from fries (that are crispy, delicious and take 20 minutes), to burgers, bagels, toast, crispy roasted breadfruit and even plantain. I love the inside out crisp it gives everything and how quickly it works too. 
 

How to make air fryer tofu

Making air fryer tofu is so easy and results in the crispest tofu in such a short time. You season the tofu with the seasoning ingredients plus the liquid aminos (or tamari or soy sauce if you aren’t gluten free) and the tiniest amount of sesame oil. I personally like including a little oil for the whole batch cause it really crisps up the tofu but yes, you can skip it. 
 
seasoned tofu in a bowl to marinate it
 
In that seasoning mix we have our star ingredient to coat – cornstarch! I mentioned in my how to cook tofu guide that cornstarch is a very useful and even crucial ingredient in yielding deliciously crisp tofu without frying it. It helps to dry out any excess water left after pressing the tofu. Then we air fry it – and that’s it! 
 
tofu on a plate with a dipping sauce
 
This crispy air fryer tofu takes 10 minutes. YES, I’m so serious. First, you shake the basket after about 5 minutes of air fryer to ensure nothing is sticking, then let it keep cooking.  You can serve it alone or with a dip, or literally anything your heart desires. You can even switch up the seasoning mix. Here are some ideas as to how: 
 
Italian seasoning with dried parsley, oregano and dried basil
 
Bbq seasoning 
 
Cajun seasoning
 
The options are up to you! 
 
tofu being dipped in a dipping sauce with a hand
 
I hope you love this air fryer tofu friends and totally make it your own! Eat up and enjoy! 
 

How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

Here's How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Tofu cooked in just 10 minutes! This tofu is delicious, easy to make and great for meal prep!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Sides
Cuisine American
Keyword Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Nut Free, vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 1 lb 16 oz. block of extra form tofu, pressed for 30 minutes then cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ tablespoon liquid aminos
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil or any oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions

Instructions

  • In a medium size bowl place the pressed and cubed tofu. Add in liquid aminos and toss to coat. Add in all of the other seasoning ingredients and toss to thoroughly combine.
  • Place in your air fryer in a single row, so that all the tofu has a little bit of space around each piece. Set your air fryer to 400 degrees F. Cook for 10 minutes, shaking the basket after 5 minutes, then continuing to cook. 
  • Remove after tofu is cooked. Allow to cool for a few minutes then serve. Enjoy!
NOTES
Notes
If you have a smaller air fryer, you’re going to want to split this into two batches because you definitely don’t want to tofu to be crowded. Give them enough space. In my smaller air fryer I need two batches.
I’m sure all air fryers are different so be sure to see if your tofu may need an extra 5 minutes. Mine was perfect after 10 minutes!
How to press tofu 
I cover this in detail in my How to Cook Tofu 101 post! The prep time includes the time to press the tofu.
by Jessica

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16 comments

  1. I often use my air-fryer but I never had the brilliant idea to put my tofu in there ! I’ll’ try !

  2. Tracy Haskell says:

    Hi Jessica
    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and vegan tips that you share. I am so excited to try to make this crispy tofu and I was wondering if you could also post the dry spice mixes you use for different flavours, like BBQ or Cajun etc. I would so appreciate this.

    Thank you again
    (From an Aussie who has no spice imagination)
    Tracy

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Tracy! Thanks so much and you’re so welcome! This is the huge version of our bbq rub – you could like use a ¼ this and just save the rest in a mason jar for any use:

      Magic Dust:
      1/2 cup paprika
      1/4 cup kosher salt
      1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
      2 tablespoons mustard powder
      1/4 cup chili powder
      1/4 cup ground cumin
      2 tablespoons ground black pepper
      1/4 cup granulated garlic
      2 tablespoons cayenne powder (or less to taste)

      This recipe is from our Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce: https://jessicainthekitchen.com/roasted-strawberry-barbecue-sauce/

      We don’t have for Cajun and Italian and the rest – we usually just pop into the supermarket and buy a Cajun mix or otherwise. I love the brand Frontier Co-op but any should work! You could also make your life easier too haha and do the same for the bbq spice mix! I hope that helps!

  3. C Z G says:

    5 stars
    Really good! I didn’t follow the instructions but the end result is good. I am going to use this recipe on mushrooms and on cubed eggplant. Sounds like a very versatile recipe for other vegan choices. Thank you..

  4. Dyann says:

    Hi Jessica. I’m looking to try this today but don’t have liquid aminos. Could I sub with Tamari sauce? Thanks!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Dyann yes you can sub with Tamari! Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoy!

      • Dysnn says:

        5 stars
        Thank you! This was my first attempt at Air Fryer tofu and your recipe was excellent! So easy and very yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! It was so quick & easy to put together and was so delicious 🙂 The tofu came out crunchy and flavourful. It’s also so versatile because you can put whichever spices you like and pair it with any dipping sauce you can think of.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Stephanie! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!

  6. lo says:

    Hi
    Thanks for the recipe. You mentioned that you make plantains in your air fryer and I’d been searching for a recipe for this. Would you be able to share yours?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Lo! Thank you so much for reading. We don’t have a recipe for this we basically eyeball it. But we will definitely have a recipe coming out soon!

  7. Megan says:

    5 stars
    This was such a simple, fast, fool-proof recipe and I loved it!! Perfect way to prep my tofu for the week!! Crispy, and flavourful!! Love love loved it!!

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