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Easy Air Fried Tofu

Made with just 10 ingredients and ready in 25 minutes, this Easy Air Fried Tofu recipe is a fuss-free recipe that results in crispy and tasty tofu that can be served as a side dish with your favorite sauces, in salads, and in bowls.

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My favorite air fried tofu

My sister’s main complaint about the tofu recipes I post on here is that draining the tofu takes too much time and too many paper towels. So, this recipe omits any elaborate moisture extraction processes. You do not have to press tofu dry until all the liquid has been removed

After the tofu is removed from its packaging, using your hands, squeeze the block of tofu a bit to drain any excess moisture. You can use a kitchen towel to wipe off some of the liquid as well. But, the tofu does not have to be extra dry for this recipe, which makes this recipe so easy to prep and prepare.

10 ingredients needed to make the best air fried tofu

What are the ingredients needed to make this easy air-fried tofu recipe?

For this air fryer vegan tofu recipe, you will need the following 10 ingredients:

  1. Extra-firm tofu
  2. Arrowroot powder (also referred to as arrowroot starch or arrowroot flour)
  3. Coriander
  4. Smoked paprika
  5. Cayenne
  6. Onion powder
  7. Garlic powder
  8. Turmeric powder
  9. Cinnamon
  10. Salt (I don’t usually include salt in the ingredient list, but in this case, it is being added in before the tofu is air-fried)

Substitutions

Extra firm tofu is the best type of tofu for this recipe. The other, less firm, tofu variations might fall apart when they are torn and tossed with the other ingredients.

If you do not have any arrowroot powder, you can use an equal amount of cornstarch. I use arrowroot often (like I did in this oven-baked sheet pan tofu) when I want crispy tofu.

As for the coriander, smoked paprika, cayenne, onion powder, ginger powder, turmeric, and cinnamon, they can be substituted with whatever other combination of spices you may have on hand. If you happen to have some Harissa, use 2 tablespoons of that mixed in with the arrowroot powder and some black pepper. If you would rather use Italian seasoning instead of the spice combo I have specified, please feel free to do so. This is another one of those recipes that I hope you experiment with and have as much fun prepping as eating.

You could omit the salt if you are watching your salt intake. However, I would highly encourage keeping the salt in, as salt is such a unifier of all the other flavors.

Mixing arrowroot with spices

How do you prepare tofu in the air fryer so it is crispy?

Once you have your tofu, spices, arrowroot or corn starch, and salt, this recipe is easy to prep.

After I removed the tofu from the container, I drained it to remove any excess liquid. I then set it on a kitchen towel while I tossed the arrowroot starch, spices, and salt together. You do not need to press the tofu for this recipe.

Then, cut the tofu into cubes, or simply tear it apart into bite-sized pieces and add them to the spice/arrowroot mixture. I have found that tearing the tofu gives it more ridges and nooks for the arrowroot and spices to stick to, making this tofu even more crispy

Then toss the tofu with the spice mix. The arrowroot or cornstarch is the key element for the tofu to crisp up.

Place these coated pieces of tofu on an air fryer and lightly spray with any spray oil you may have. I have used coconut oil and avocado oil in the past while making this tofu recipe.

I made sure that the tofu pieces were spread apart well. As, if they are crowded together and touching, they won’t crisp up as well.

Then, air fry for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Toss the tofu pieces over and air fry for another 10 minutes.

Let the tofu cool down for about 5–10 minutes, and it will be ready to devour.

Mixing tofu with arrowroot spice mix

In this recipe, what happens if you don’t press tofu?

In most other recipes, when you don’t press the tofu, it tends to retain some water, which can affect its texture and the way it absorbs the flavor of the other spices or herbs it is combined with. However, for this Easy Air Fried Tofu recipe, you don’t need to press the tofu extensively, just a gentle squeeze to remove any excess moisture will suffice. The slight moisture left in the tofu helps the arrowroot or cornstarch adhere to the tofu, resulting in a crispy texture when air-fried.

The tastiest tofu in the air fryer

How do you keep the tofu from sticking to the air fryer?

If your tofu sticks to the air fryer, then gently spray the air fryer basket before adding the tofu pieces to it.

What do you serve with this Easy Air Fried Tofu?

I love to eat this crispy tofu with a combination of honey mustard and BBQ sauce. My daughter introduced me to this concoction of honey mustard and BBQ sauce when I visited her last, and now I am hooked on it. You could also serve this with some soy sauce or coconut aminos, some sweet chili sauce, or even some chutney.

This crispy air fryer tofu can also be enjoyed in a bowl with rice, steamed broccoli, avocados, shredded carrots, and peas, or any other veggies.

It can also be tossed into your favorite salad or enjoyed as a side dish.

Easy air fried tofu

How do you store leftovers of this dish?

You can store leftovers of this dish in an airtight container, in your fridge for up to 5 days.

What’s the best way to reheat cold leftovers of this?

I have found that the best way to reheat this tofu is to place it in an air fryer preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, for 3 minutes or so.

Can you make this air-fried tofu in the oven?

Yes! If you do not have an air fryer or would rather make this in your oven. Instead of cooking the tofu in your air fryer, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the tofu for 25 minutes.

Air fried tofu - no draining required

I am not a vegetarian, but I love a good tofu dish, and this is one of my favorite tofu recipes. It is so easy, quick (with a total time of 25 minutes to prep and prepare), tasty, and fuss-free.

I love the texture of tofu cooked this way. I must admit, though, my boyfriend isn’t a tofu lover and I couldn’t convert him with this recipe, so I won’t say this recipe is as appealing as deep-fried chicken might be. However, I will say that this dish is packed with plant protein and is a tasty gluten-free side dish that your vegan and vegetarian friends and family are sure to enjoy.

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My favorite air fried tofu

Easy Air Fried Tofu

5 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Cost: $6 a serving
Author: Shashi
Made with just 10 ingredients and ready in 25 minutes, this Easy Air Fried Tofu recipe is a fuss-free recipe that results in crispy and tasty tofu that can be served as a side dish with your favorite sauces, in salads, and veggie bowls.

Ingredients

  • 1 block Extra Firm Tofu
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (you might need to add a 1/2 tsp more, for taste, when this is done)
  • 3 tbsp Arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp cooking oil spray

Instructions

  • Remove the tofu from the container it comes in and drain it. Then, set it on a kitchen towel.
  • Add the arrowroot powder, coriander, smoked paprika, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, turmeric, cinnamon, and salt to a bowl and mix well.
  • Then, cut the tofu block into tofu cubes or tear it apart into bite-sized pieces (like I did). Tearing the tofu gives it more ridges and nooks for the arrowroot and spices to stick to, making this tofu even more crispy).
  • Add the tofu into the bowl with the arrowroot powder and spices and toss it so the pieces of tofu are well coated.
  • Add the tofu to the air fryer and spray with any cooking oil spray you have.
  • Air fry the tofu at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes on one side. Using a spatula, carefully toss the hot tofu over, and air fry for another 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When done, remove the tofu from the air fryer and let it sit for about 2-3 minutes. Then, enjoy it with your favorite sauces, dips, or chutney. My favorite dip for tofu cooked this way is a combination of honey mustard and BBQ sauces!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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  1. Elle Valera says:

    The recipe has proven to be extremely convenient as most of the ingredients are readily available at home. Additionally, the quick preparation time of just 25 minutes is particularly helpful, especially during morning rush hours when time is limited due to work commitments. The use of an air fryer to prepare the tofu has been particularly satisfying, adding to the overall appeal of the dish. Such recipes that can be seamlessly integrated into a busy schedule while still offering enjoyable meals are truly valuable.

  2. Raquel says:

    Such a great way to enjoy tofu!

  3. What a cool idea to use the air fryer to offset the need to drain the tofu. I might be the only person in the world without an air fryer, so clearly I need to invest in one! This looks like the ultimate snacky food – and I love the seasonings you used!

  4. Wow! A small list of ingredients, and such an amazing meal!!

  5. Michelle says:

    Love how easy and delicious air-fried tofu is to make! One of my fave ingredients for quinoa bowls! 🙂

  6. Chichi says:

    This recipe looks so good. Love my air fryer!

  7. Ann says:

    whatever you do – don’t skip the smoked paprika! It adds amaaazing flavor!

  8. Melissa Pugh says:

    My family’s new favorite tofu recipe!

  9. Katie says:

    This was fantastic! Thanks for a great recipe!

  10. Genevieve says:

    This was fantastic & the perfect texture, thanks for the recipe!

  11. Paula says:

    This air fried tofu was so easy to make and I loved the texture! So tasty!

  12. Andrea says:

    What marvelous flavors on this easy to make air fryer tofu. It makes a great snack or appetizer.

  13. Heather says:

    Crispy, delicious and easy to make! The smoked paprika really rounds out the flavors, thank you!

  14. Ned says:

    This tofu was amazing and I really loved that I could make it in my air fryer! Thank you for this awesome recipe!