This recipe is sponsored by EZ Tofu Press. All opinions are 100% my own.
Crunchy Panko Tofu cooks up like magic in the air fryer! Here’s how to make your own.
Panko is my go-to when I want a nice, crunchy coating on something. It’s got a nice, firm crunch that’s tough to beat, but it’s not too bready. In this recipe, you marinate your tofu, then coat in vegan mayo and panko, and air fry. It’s flavorful, crunchy, and delicious!
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Instead of aquafaba, I used vegan mayo as the binder to get the panko to stick to the tofu. Not only is the mayo effective, but it adds another layer of flavor and richness to your finished product.
You can serve your Crunchy Panko Tofu with any dipping sauce you like. Ponzu sauce, soy sauce, or teriyaki sauce all make great dips for this recipe, though it’s also delicious without any sauce at all. If there’s enough left over, you can even use the marinade as the dip. Maybe whisk in a little bit of extra soy sauce to bulk it out. Easy peasy!
The real key to this recipe, besides the air fryer, is the EZ Tofu Press. Pressing tofu does more than give it a chewy texture. When you press, you release all of the excess water that the tofu is holding onto. When you do that, you’re basically turning your tofu into a flavor sponge. That’s ideal for a tofu recipe, like this one, that calls for a marinade.
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