Crispy Air Fryer Tofu (How to Make Crispy Tofu)

By Jessica Hylton -

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!

air fryer tofu on a plate with sauce and a gold fork

Here’s a fact of life, air fryer tofu is one of the easiest and delicious quick meals on this blog. Not only will it help you achieve your crispy tofu dreams, but also well seasoned and meal prepped tofu. Did I mention it takes 10 minutes of cooking time?! 

What’s an air fryer? 

An air fryer is 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. Our air fryer is our MOST used device in our house and I would highly recommend everyone get one. (affiliate links) This is my current air fryer that I adore, and the air fryer I had before that I also love! 

We make everything from fries (that are crispy, delicious and take 20 minutes), to burgers, bagels, toast, crispy roasted breadfruit and even plantain. And today – tofu! 

Notes on the Ingredients

ingredients to make air fryer tofu

extra firm tofu – ensure you’re buying the right tofu! If it says “silken” anywhere on it. that’s not the kind we want to use here. Watch my tofu 101 IG series if you want more details, or my Tofu 101 Blog post! Always press your tofu when using it in this way. 

Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, ground black pepper and sea salt – these are a few simple seasonings that give your tofu incredible flavour. I’ll share some other seasonings ideas below. 

cornstarch – our secret weapon for crispy tofu! Cornstarch helps to draw out excess liquid and gives the tofu a crispy exterior. 

light soy sauce or liquid aminos – I prefer light soy sauce (or even liquid aminos) since it’s not as salty. You can also use coconut aminos.

sesame oil or any oil – even though you don’t technically need oil for an air fryer, I find a little bit goes a LONG way with aiding crispiness, texture and flavour. 

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

Making air fryer tofu is so easy and results in the crispest tofu in such a short time. 

mixing of tofu soy sauce ingredients

In a medium size bowl place the pressed and cubed tofu. Add in liquid aminos and toss to coat.

mixing of tofu seasoning ingredients

Add in all of the other seasoning ingredients and toss to thoroughly combine.

seasoned tofu cubes unbaked in an air fryer tray

Place in your air fryer in a single row, so that all the tofu has a little bit of space around each piece. 

cooked air fryer tofu on air fryer tray side by side

Set your air fryer to 400°F. Cook for 10 minutes, shaking the basket after 5 minutes, then continuing to cook. 

cooked air fryer tofu on a plate side by side photos

Remove after tofu is cooked. Allow to cool for a few minutes then serve. Enjoy!

You can serve it alone or with a dip, or literally anything your heart desires. 

Expert Tips and FAQ

  • Make 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, or watch my tofu 101 IG series.
  • If you have a smaller air fryer, you’re going to want to split this into two batches because you definitely don’t want your 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
  • 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! 
air fryer tofu on a plate with sauce
air fryer tofu on a plate with sauce and a gold fork

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
Servings 4 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch, Sides
Cuisine American
Ingredients
  • 1 lb block of extra firm tofu, pressed for 30 minutes then cut into 1” cubes (16 oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ tablespoon light soy sauce or 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°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
(affiliate links) This is my current air fryer that I adore, and the air fryer I had before that I also love! 
  • Make 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 your 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
  • 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! 

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 1mg
by Jessica

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90 comments

  1. Kay says:

    5 stars
    This was so delicious and perfect on top of a salad. I have a Cuisinart air fryer that tends to run hot, so I fried them for 15 minutes at 375 degrees and they were perfect. Thank you!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thank you for the positive review Kay! We’re Happy that you liked it.

  2. Janie says:

    5 stars
    OMG, just made this exactly as the recipe calls for and it is the most delicious thing ever! It’s a huge hit. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I’m sure I will be making it a LOT. 🙂

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much for reading our recipe Janie! We’re happy that you’re happy with it.

  3. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe! I like that I could throw this on a variety of dishes because it has a very generic (yet flavorful) flavor profile. This will be one of my go-to recipes! I air fried for 2 extra minutes.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much Stephanie! We’re happy that you enjoyed this recipe.

  4. Alex says:

    5 stars
    Forgot to give stars

  5. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    Super yummy recipe! (And I’m not just saying that as a fellow Jessica in the kitchen.) Ha! I served it with some thai peanut noodle bowls and it was an amazing complement.

  6. linda hawkins says:

    5 stars
    I have been looking for a tofu air fryer recipe that is tasty and crispy and finally I have found it. Absolutely delicious! Thank you!!!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re happy that you’re happy. Thank you for this nice review!

  7. Amanda S says:

    5 stars
    Thank you sooo much! New to tofu – new to my air fryer – now I’m like a pro! Thanks!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Haha! You are so welcome! We’re happy that you like it.

  8. Kathy says:

    5 stars
    I missed the instruction on when to add the sesame oil. But this was the best tofu, I’ve experienced!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much Kathy for this sweet review. We’re happy that you’re happy.

  9. Gabriella says:

    do you have to press the tofu first?

    • Hi Gabriella,

      I would recommend it if you want the best crispy tofu! It removes all of that extra liquid, and allows the tofu to also absorb the seasonings!

  10. Maribel says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. I didn’t have extra firm tofu, only firm. So I cooked it an extra five minutes. Perfection! So delicious and perfect crunchiness. Having it with a side of coconut basmati rice and teriyaki sautéed veggies. Tastebud heaven! 😋😋😋🌱💚

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