Crispy Air Fried Tofu is lightly crispy, deliciously chewy, and perfect for topping salads or comfort bowls or for stuffing into wraps.
If you’re new to air frying, it’s basically some kind of magic. The air fryer uses circulating, super hot air to “fry” your food.
It’s sort of a super-charged convection oven that makes food delicious and crispy with little to no oil. This crispy air fried tofu is a great recipe to get you started with the air fryer.
How to Make Air Fryer Tofu
Y’all, my family has been eating this air fried tofu at least two to three times a week since I got my air fryer. It is super quick, easy, and so, so delicious!
You need about five minutes to slice the tofu and toss it in the marinade, then another 30 minutes to marinate and 20 minutes to air fry.
In a pinch, you can even skip the marinating step to save yourself some time. Your tofu will have a milder flavor, but it will still have that perfect texture.
This recipe is really all about the cornstarch. Tossing the marinated tofu in cornstarch before frying is what gives it that crispy coating you crave.
I like this particular marinade because it has three ingredients that I almost always have in my kitchen, and it tastes amazing. But please don’t feel beholden to these flavors!
You can really adapt your own Air Fryer Tofu recipe with any flavors that you like. Feel free to marinate your crispy air fried tofu in your favorite sauce or dressing to customize it.
Feel free to use other marinades for your Air Fryer Tofu, as long as the liquid amount is about the same as the marinade below. Three tablespoons to a quarter cup is ideal.
Whatever marinade you choose, that cornstarch is going to bring the restaurant-style crispiness to this party.
How to Use Air Fryer Tofu
I mean, really, how would you NOT want to use it?
My family loves piling our air fryer tofu onto a grain bowl with our favorite veggies.
To make a grain bowl, start with your favorite whole grain, then pile on raw and/or cooked veggies of your choice. Add some green onion, avocado, and a good sauce, and you have got supper in a flash.
Here are some easy sauce recipes that work great in this kind of situation:
It’s also lovely as a main dish with mashed potatoes and your favorite veggie or a kale salad on the side. Or stuff it into a pita pocket or wrap for tofu on the go.
For lovely, light meal serve this Air Fryer Tofu over salad greens with your favorite salad toppings and dressing. It’s delightful in a Seaweed Salad, too!
Once you’ve decided how you want to serve it up, you’re ready to cook! Watch the recipe video at the top of the page, and get the full, written recipe below.
Crispy Air Fried Tofu
- 1 block firm tofu - pressed and cut into 1" cubes
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce - low sodium is OK
- 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil - (Or 2 extra teaspoons soy sauce. See note.)
- 1 tablespoon potato starch - or cornstarch
- In a shallow bowl, toss together the tofu, soy sauce, vinegar, and oil. Set aside to marinate for 15-30 minutes.
- Toss the marinated tofu with the cornstarch, then pour into the basket of your air fryer. Cook on 370 for 20 minutes, shaking after 10 minutes.