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Crispy Air Fryer Tofu Recipe

plate of air fryer crispy tofu

How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Tofu: A Foolproof Recipe!

Are you looking to add some delicious plant-based protein to your diet? Look no further than crispy air fryer tofu! Not only is it a healthy and flavorful alternative to meat, but it’s also super easy to make. In this blog post, we’ll share our foolproof recipe for making crispy air fryer tofu that will have even the biggest meat-lover coming back for seconds. But before we get into the recipe, let’s answer the question: what to know about tofu?

What to Know About Tofu:

Tofu is made from soybeans and is a good source of protein, iron, and calcium. It’s also a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from stir-fries to desserts. However, tofu can be a bit bland on its own and needs to be seasoned or marinated to really bring out its flavor. Pressing the tofu beforehand can also help to remove any excess water and prevent it from becoming soggy when cooked.


  • 1 block of firm or extra-firm tofu

  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon of paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

  • Cooking spray or oil for the air fryer


  1. Start by pressing the tofu. To do this, place the block of tofu on a plate lined with paper towels and cover with more paper towels. Place something heavy on top (such as a cast-iron skillet or a stack of books) and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour. This will help to remove any excess water from the tofu and make it crispier when cooked.

  2. Once the tofu has been pressed, cut it into bite-sized cubes.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and salt.

  4. Toss the tofu cubes in the seasoning mixture until they are fully coated.

  5. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.

  6. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or brush with oil.

  7. Arrange the tofu cubes in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching each other.

  8. Cook for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, or until the tofu is golden brown and crispy.

Pro Tips and Variations:

  • For a gluten-free version, use cornmeal instead of cornstarch.

  • Try different seasoning combinations, such as curry powder, chili powder, or Italian herbs.

  • Serve the crispy air fryer tofu with your favorite dipping sauce, such as sweet chili, soy sauce, or peanut sauce.

  • Use leftover tofu in salads, sandwiches, or wraps for an easy and tasty lunch.

Making crispy air fryer tofu is easy and delicious, and it’s a great way to add more plant-based protein to your diet. Just follow our foolproof recipe and customize it with your own favorite seasonings and sauces. Whether you’re a tofu lover or a skeptic, we guarantee you’ll be hooked after trying this crispy and flavorful dish. Happy cooking!

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