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Crunchy Panko Tofu in the Air Fryer

Crunchy Panko Tofu is a flavorful addition to any meal. And since you bake or air fry it, you have plenty of time to fix veggies and grains to go with.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Air Fryer, Vegan
Keyword panko tofu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 275kcal
Author Becky Striepe

Ingredients

  • 1 block extra firm tofu pressed, then sliced into 8 cutlets

For the Marinade

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Make the Tofu

Instructions

Make the marinade

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, and ginger.
  • Arrange the tofu cutlets in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the tofu. Marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.

Make the Tofu in the OVEN

  • Preheat to 375F.
  • Measure the vegan mayo into a shallow bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the panko and salt. Dredge each tofu piece first in the mayo, then in the panko mixture, making sure to get a nice, even coating.
  • Arrange the pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 40 minutes. No need to flip the cutlets.

Make the Tofu in the AIR FRYER

  • Measure the vegan mayo into a shallow bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the panko and salt. Dredge each tofu piece first in the mayo, then in the panko mixture, making sure to get a nice, even coating.
  • Arrange the pieces in a single layer in your air fryer basket with a bit of space between each cutlet. You're going to be frying these up in two batches.
  • Cook at 370F for 20 minutes, shaking gently after 10 minutes, just to dislodge any stuck-on tofu pieces. Repeat with the second batch, then serve.

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Notes

  • Pressing the tofu is mission critical in this recipe. You need to get the water out, so you can get that good, good marinade in. Do not skip pressing!
  • When you dredge your tofu, make sure you get an even coating in vegan mayo and then in panko. You want the whole thing nice and crunchy!
  • See the section above the recipe for how to serve, store, and reheat this dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal