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?
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.
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!
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
The options are up to you!
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!
1lbblock of extra firm tofu, pressed for 30 minutes then cut into 1” cubes(16 oz.)
½tablespoonlight soy sauceor liquid aminos
½teaspoonsesame oil or any oil
¼teaspoonground black pepper
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!
NotesMake sure you're not buying silken tofu! That will yield the wrong texture and will break apart if you try and press it. Check out my Tofu 101 post for more.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.