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Air fryer tofu cubes on a white plate.

Crispy air fryer tofu

Crispy and delicious air fryer tofu. Super quick and easy to make. This tofu goes great on a salad, in a stir fry or buddha bowl. Never have boring or bland tofu again!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: air fryer, tofu
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Maria

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce block of extra firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Instructions

  • Press the tofu with a tofu press or heavy pan for 15-20 minutes.
  • Cut the tofu into 1" cubes and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder and corn starch. Mix very gently with a flat spoon, so you don't make the tofu crumble.
    16 ounce block of extra firm tofu, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • Add to the air fryer, making sure not to crowd the the tofu. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until it looks crispy and golden brown. Shake it halfway throught. Let it cool and crisp up for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

It's very important to press the tofu before air frying. This takes out excess moisture, so you don't end up with soggy tofu. You can either set a few heavy pans and paper towels on top of the tofu and press for 20-30 minutes.
Or to make it easier you can get a tofu press. Use code DAMNTASTY for 10% off. The one I just linked is one of my favorites. It makes clean up a lot easier.
If you want to go one step further with the chewiness of the tofu, freeze it in the container. Then let it completely thaw. After it thaws, gently press the water out for only 1-2 minutes. Freezing the tofu changes the structure of the tofu so it's more chewy, like chicken.
After air frying the tofu, let it sit for 5 minutes. It crisps up even more once it starts to slightly cool.
This tofu can last in an air tight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. It will lose its crispiness.
To re-heat the tofu, heat it in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, or until it's warmed through. Re-heating in the air fryer will help get its crispiness back.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Crispy air fryer tofu
Amount per Serving
Calories
111
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Sodium
 
575
mg
25
%
Potassium
 
208
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
10
g
20
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
40
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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