The Best Air Fryer Tofu – Ready in Under 20 Minutes!

This easy air fryer tofu recipe is crispy and delicious and tastes like it is deep-fried but without all the added fat and grease! As a bonus, it is so easy to make and ready in under 20 minutes!

Final shot of air fry tofu

Air Fryer Tofu

dipping sir fryer tofu in sauce
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Air Fryers continue to be the rave when it comes to cooking. There is something about having foods we love, but healthier like sweet potato fries, air fryer taquitos, and more.

The other day I decided to experiment with my air fryer and decided to give air fryer tofu a try! When you air fry tofu it literally is so crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside.

I loved the flavor of it too!

If you are looking for a healthy 5 ingredient meal option that is ready in under 20 minutes you have to give this breaded air fryer tofu a try!

Air Fry Tofu

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Total Time: 17 minutes

Ingredients:

3 12.3 oz hard tofu packages 1⁄2 cup flour

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

1⁄8 teaspoon pepper

2 eggs

For dipping try: soy sauce, coconut aminos, fish sauce, or XO sauce.

You’ll also want to have the following tools to make it easier:

 

How to Make Air Fryer Tofu

  • First, you will want to carefully remove the tofu from the package and cut it into 12 cubes.
  • Mix your flour, salt, and pepper together, then dip each tofu cube into the mixture. Be sure you cover each side.
  • Then, brush, drizzle or dip the beaten eggs over the tofu cubes. I prefer using a brush for this step.
  • Next, place your tofu in the air fryer basket, space it evenly, and be sure they are not touching. You might have to cook in a few batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Cook at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
  • Serve with your air fry tofu favorite dipping sauce such as soy sauce, coconut aminos, fish sauce, or XO sauce.
vertical shot of air fry tofu on toothpick

Tips and Tricks for Cooking Tofu in your Air Fryer

  1. Be sure you buy extra firm tofu for this recipe.
  2. If you are concerned about your tofu having too much water you can press it out.
  3. This Air Fryer Tofu is easily made gluten-free or Vegan with a few simple changes!
  4. Get creative! If you don’t want breaded tofu, try adding your favorite seasonings for a different flavor!

Why use the air fryer?

The air fryer cooks the tofu by circulating hot air around it, while also keeping it separated from the fats it would normally be cooked in.

The result is healthy, crispy tofu that is evenly cooked in just 12 minutes! Preparing tofu in the air fryer is quick and easy with minimal cleanup.

Make it gluten-free

You can easily make this recipe gluten-free by using your favorite gluten-free flour. I find that an all-purpose gluten-free mixture works best because they contain a blend of flours.

bite out of air fry tofu

Make it vegan

There are two ways to make vegan tofu in the air fryer.

One way is to roll the tofu cubes in panko crumbs and skip the egg drizzle.

The panko crumbs will still turn brown and crunchy.

If you try to use flour without the eggs, you will wind up with white dusted tofu cubes so skip the eggs and swap the flour for panko instead.

The second way to make vegan air fryer tofu is to completely omit the eggs and breading.

You can flavor the tofu cubes by marinating them in your favorite sauces or tossing them in seasonings and spices.

Cook them at 350 degrees for 12 minutes and you will be enjoying vegan air fryer tofu in no time!

Seasoning Variations

This recipe makes perfect classic breaded tofu, but if you’re looking to change things up you can add your favorite spices into flour.

To make it spicy, try adding cayenne pepper and smoky paprika to the flour mixture.

If you want to make it a little more savory, add some Italian seasoning and garlic powder to the flour.

This recipe is very forgiving and is a great base for experimenting in the kitchen.

air fryer tofu in toothpick

How to store Air Fry Tofu

Storing your air fry tofu is easy!

Breaded tofu is best enjoyed immediately after cooking it. If you are lucky enough to have extra, you can store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

The breading will likely become soft, so I recommend heating it in the air fryer again to bring back some of the crispy breading.

There you have it! Air Fry Tofu! I can’t wait to hear how it turns out! Share in the comments!

Don’t forget to save this delicious air fryer tofu on Pinterest!

Yield: 36 pieces

Air Fryer Tofu

bite out of air fry tofu

This easy air fryer tofu recipe is crispy and delicious and tastes like it is deep-fried but without all the added fat and grease! As a bonus, it is so easy to make and ready in under 20 minutes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 12.3 oz hard tofu packages 1⁄2 cup flour
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

    1. First, you will want to carefully remove the tofu from the package and cut it into 12 cubes.
    2. Mix your flour, salt, and pepper together, then dip each tofu cube into the mixture. Be sure you cover each side.
    3. Then, brush, drizzle or dip the beaten eggs over the tofu cubes. I prefer using a brush for this step.
    4. Next, place your tofu in the air fryer basket, space it evenly, and be sure they are not touching. You might have to cook in a few batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
    5. Cook at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
    6. Serve with your air fry tofu favorite dipping sauce such as soy sauce, coconut aminos, fish sauce, or XO sauce.


Notes

  • Be sure you buy extra firm tofu for this recipe.
  • If you are concerned about your tofu having too much water you can press it out.
  • This Air Fryer Tofu is easily made gluten-free or Vegan with a few simple changes!
  • Get creative! If you don’t want breaded tofu, try adding your favorite seasonings for a different flavor!

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