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Best Tofu Air Fryer Recipe

Tofu air fryer recipe with a killer Asian marinade that takes these tofu bites out of this world delicious with a crispy outside and tender insides!

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This marinated tofu air fryer recipe is amazing if I don’t say so myself. No breading required, just a to die for sauce to make crispy bites you can throw right into your mouth! Find this and more easy air fryer recipes here. (affiliate links present)

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How is tofu good for you?

It is a great source of protein, has all nine amino acids in it, and is also a fabulous plant source complete with iron and calcium.

Is tofu healthier than meat?

It is hard to compare the two exactly as each cut of beef and/or chicken will vary it’s nutritional content. BUT it IS an excellent source of plant based protein and fiber without the cholesterol and saturated fat.

What does tofu taste like?

If you’ve never tried it there isn’t much flavor at all. That is why you really need to add your own twist to it. This tofu marinade brings it to an all new level of WOW if you ask us.

How many different types of tofu are there?

Two types, and then there are slight variations in those categories. Silken and regular are the 2. The first is soft, like silk. Regular has a variety of firmness. You want extra firm to air fry tofu.

Air fryer tofu

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Ok so I was born and grew up in Hawaii and did eat a lot of rice and tofu there. I thought it was a “normal” every day food until I got older and lived in the states. I realized that wasn’t entirely true.

Some are a bit weirded out by it, and won’t even try. I will say the soft version isn’t my favorite BUT firm with a great sauce and crisped is amazing. There are TONS of different flavors you can add.

  • I encourage you to try a few different tofu asian marinade creations and see which you like best.

Tofu marinade

The ingredients are pretty simple. Of course you could use jarred teriyaki sauce instead, or make our homemade teriyaki sauce we used to make Instant Pot teriyaki chicken thighs too.

tofu marinade

Tofu air fryer recipe

  1. Firm or extra firm (best) tofu
  2. Soy sauce
  3. Garlic chili sauce
  4. Sesame oil
  5. Minced garlic
  6. Sesame seeds and diced green onions are great as a garnish

The timing will vary just slightly depending on how crispy you want the outsides to be. The most important thing is to press down when wrapped in some paper towels or cheesecloth to eliminate moisture at the beginning.

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If you love that crunchy deep fried taste, but not that oily taste on your food you’ll love this tofu recipe! If anything you can just lightly spritz olive oil to really crisp up the outsides but that’s not even necessary.

Which tofu is best for frying?

Well we are air frying but the same answer holds true. You want to choose the refrigerated package labeled extra-firm. This will ensure that it doesn’t fall apart when marinated or cooked.

It’s a great recipe that requires no breading and if you use Tamari or coconut aminos and a bit of garlic powder it would be a gluten free option.

  • I will tell you these were so good my girls thought these were amazing!!
  • It could be used as a quick meal, air fryer appetizer or pop into your mouth snack.

Crispy tofu air fryer

crispy tofu in air fryer

Time needed: 12 minutes.

Tofu Air Fryer

  1. Press the tofu

    Wrap the tofu block in a light cheesecloth or a few paper towels that have been folded together. Press firmly but don’t break it apart. You want to remove as much moisture as possible with this step.

  2. Cube

    Cut into 1″ tofu cubes and put into a shallow dish.

  3. Tofu marinade

    In a bowl mix together your marinade ingredients and pour on top of your tofu bites. Leave for 5-10 minutes so it can soak up the sauce. For gluten free, use Tamari instead.

  4. Preheat

    Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes.

  5. Cook

    Spray inside of basket and place pieces inside in a single layer. Set time to 12 minutes, at minute 6 flip each piece over. Take out when they’re as crispy as you’d like them to be (may cook up to 15 minutes total for extra crispy)

    Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions or chives.

  6. Serve

    For a fun finger food meal, serve these with meatballs in air fryer and tater tots.

air fryer tofu

This takes a total of just 20 minutes. Packed with protein they have tons of flavor with this Asian style sauce. I do not recommend after 6 minutes shaking the basket as they may break apart, just flip each one over.

How do you store leftover tofu?

If you have a bunch then only prepare what you’re going to cook. Once you press the water out you’ll need to eat it that day. If you just want to cook half put the other piece in a container with some cold water.

Store in the fridge for up to 4 days and use at that time. Keeping any longer will change and break down the consistency.

Do you heat up tofu?

If you want to just warm up your leftover tofu you can put it into the oven at 325 degrees F for about 10 minutes. If cut into cubes it won’t take quite that long either.

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Crispy tofu bites

Tofu Air Fryer

Course Entree, Snack
Cuisine American, Japanese
Keyword air fryer, asian, marinated, teriyaki, tofu
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wrap the tofu block in a light cheesecloth or a few paper towels that have been folded together, press firmly but don't break it apart. You want to remove as much moisture as possible with this step.
  • Cut your tofu into 1" cubes and put into a shallow dish.
  • In a bowl mix together your marinade ingredients and pour on top of your tofu bites. Leave for 5-10 minutes so it can soak up the sauce.
  • Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Spray inside of basket and place pieces inside so they're not overlapping.
  • Set time to 12 minutes, at minute 6 flip each piece over.
  • Take out when they're as crispy as you'd like them to be and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions or chives.

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