Air Fryer Tofu

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Learn how to make air fryer tofu that’s crispy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside. It cooks up in just 10 minutes and is perfect for meal prep. Serve it on its own, on a salad, in a stir-fry or in a sandwich!

While veggies don’t hold up as well for meal prep in the air fryer, proteins really do. This air fryer tofu recipe is so easy and perfect for making ahead and having ready to eat throughout the week!

An overhead photo of a plate of air fried tofu with a ramekin of dipping sauce. A gold fork is next to the plate.

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Tofu

  • It cooks up in 10 minutes!
  • It’s a perfect protein option to add to different dishes.
  • It’s great for meal prep.
  • The tofu comes out crispy outside and chewy inside – perfection!
Ingredients measured out to make air fryer tofu: tofu cubes, arrowroot powder/cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Here’s What You Need

  • extra firm tofu – make sure you get extra firm, as it will hold up the best. Drain and press the tofu before you chop it.
  • arrowroot powder – combined with the olive oil, this will help you achieve the perfect crispy outside texture. You can also use cornstarch!
  • olive oil – tossing the tofu in olive oil helps it achieve the perfect crispy outside texture, as well as helping the seasonings to adhere to the tofu. You can use avocado oil if you prefer.
  • seasonings – garlic powder, paprika, sea salt and pepper. Super simple but extra delicious.
Side by side photo of seasoned tofu cubes in an air fryer basket, before and after being cooked.

How to Prep Tofu

You’ll want to drain and press your tofu before cooking. Pressing the tofu takes out the extra moisture so it will crisp nicely and absorb the flavors in the dish. To start, cut a slit in the tofu package and drain all of the water out. You can use a tofu press for this, but if you don’t have one there are some other easy ways to press tofu! Simply wrap the tofu block in paper towels or a clean dish towel and set it on a flat surface. Stack a few heavy items on top to press the moisture out – I typically use a cast iron skillet, canned food or cookbooks. This process can take 30-90 minutes depending on how heavy your items are.

How to Make Air Fryer Tofu

Once your tofu is pressed, chop the block into 1/4-1/2 inch cubes, keeping them as uniform as possible. Place the cubes into a large mixing bowl.

Measure out your oil, arrowroot powder and seasonings and sprinkle them over the tofu blocks. Toss well to coat.

If necessary, preheat your air fryer to 400ºF. Add your tofu to the basket in a single layer and cook for 10 minutes. Make sure you flip the tofu halfway through. Your tofu is done when it is golden brown and looks crispy! It really is that simple!

Perfectly air fried tofu in an air fryer basket.

Tofu Variations

This tofu recipe is perfectly delicious and seasoned to be useful in a variety of different ways, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up!

Curried tofu – use curry powder to make curried tofu! It would be great for giving sandwiches or wraps that extra boost of flavor.

Spicy tofu – add some cayenne pepper to make a spicy variation!

Mexican spices – another way to change up the flavors would be to add a Mexican seasoning blend. You could try using a packet of taco seasoning or just add your own seasonings to create your own blend. Traditional flavors would include cumin, chili powder, paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder and onion powder.

Italian seasoning – perfect to top salads with, you can use an Italian seasoning blend to change up the flavors!

A close up photo of air fried tofu on a plate.

Air Fryer FAQ

Do I need to preheat my air fryer?

That depends on your air fryer! Some recommend preheating and others do not require it. Check your owners’ manual to see what they recommend. If you don’t have a preheat setting, just set your air fryer to the required temperature about 3 minutes before adding your food.

How much can I put into my air fryer?

It depends on the size of your basket. You’ll want to make sure you don’t overcrowd the basket or your food will not get crispy. You may need to cook in batches.

Can I use aerosol spray on my air fryer?

I do not recommend using aerosol spray on your air fryer! Like most non-stick items, it’s best to avoid sprays like Pam as it can mess with the finish.

An overhead photo looking down at a plate of air fried tofu. There is a ramekin of dipping sauce on the plate.

How to Serve Air Fryer Tofu

This tofu recipe is super versatile and can be used in so many ways – that’s what makes it perfect for meal prep!

You can serve this tofu over a salad for added protein, stuff it into a sandwich for an easy lunch or add it to a stir fry. You can even enjoy this air fryer tofu on its own, like nuggets, dipped into honey mustard or your favorite dipping sauce! Here are some recipe ideas:

How to Store For Meal Prep

Make a batch of this air fryer tofu and use it during the week for easy meal options! I recommend letting the tofu cool slightly before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.

More Air Fryer Recipes

More Recipes with Tofu

Be sure to check out all of my tofu recipes and the full collection of the air fryer recipes here on EBF!

Air Fryer Tofu

5 from 3 votes
Learn how to make air fryer tofu that's crispy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside. It cooks up in just 10 minutes and is perfect for meal prep. Serve it on its own, on a salad, in a stir-fry or in a sandwich!
An overhead photo of a plate of air fried tofu with a ramekin of dipping sauce. A gold fork is next to the plate.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 16 oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Once tofu has been pressed, chop into 1/4-1/2 inch cubes and add to a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle arrowroot powder, oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper on tofu. Toss well to coat the tofu.
    Cubes of seasoned tofu in a glass mixing bowl.
  • Preheat air fryer if required. Place tofu in air fryer basket in a single layer and and cook on 400°F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway, until golden brown and crispy.
    Cubes of seasoned tofu in an air fryer basket.
  • Serve tofu over salad, stuffed into a sandwich, in a stir-fry or on its own like nuggets. I love these dipped in honey mustard or ketchup.
    Cubes of seasoned air fryer tofu in an air fryer basket.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 recipe Calories: 252kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 20g Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Sodium: 1202mg Potassium: 40mg Fiber: 3g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer tofu

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    6 comments
    1. Rebecca
      January 10, 2022 AT 6:39 pm

      5 stars
      Detox Soup
      Was fantastic
      Will try using shrimp
      10 stars

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 11, 2022 AT 10:58 am

        Glad you enjoyed it, Rebecca! Thanks for the review :).

    2. Melissa
      January 3, 2022 AT 7:56 pm

      5 stars
      This is great – super easy and so tasty. I love how crispy it gets in the air fryer. This was my first time cooking tofu and I am sold. Thanks for sharing the air fryer recipes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 4, 2022 AT 11:51 am

        Woo! Happy to hear you enjoyed this air fryer tofu, Melissa. Thanks for trying it out and I appreciate the review!

    3. Tara
      December 29, 2021 AT 9:58 am

      I can’t wait to try, thanks for this recipe! Is the dipping sauce in the photo with the tofu available on your site?

    4. Laurie Colton
      December 29, 2021 AT 8:54 am

      So happy to see Airfryer recipes!!
      Thanks!

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