Crispy Air Fryer Tofu. A crunchy vegan delight! This easy and healthy recipe for air fryer tofu is the perfect way to get your protein fix. The crispy exterior and tender interior make it a versatile dish that can be used in a variety of ways. From vegan salads to stir-fries, this air fryer tofu recipe will quickly become a staple in your household.
Gone are the days of deep frying for a crispy texture. The air fryer allows for that perfect crunch without all the added oil and guilt. This tofu recipe is not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods.
Can I still make this tofu recipe without an air fryer?
If you don’t have an air fryer, don’t worry! You can still enjoy this crispy tofu recipe by baking it in the oven. Simply preheat your oven to 400 degrees and follow all the tofu prep instructions from the recipe. Place the tofu bites on a baking sheet with enough space between each cube, then bake on the top rack for 15 minutes. Flip the tofu and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until it reaches your desired level of crispiness. Once cooled, it’s ready to be devoured as an appetizer, added to a salad or stir fry, or used as a protein-packed topping for your favorite vegan dish.
A few ideas on how to Crispy Air Fryer Tofu:
Crispy Air Fryer Tofu is the ultimate vegan protein powerhouse, and the possibilities for incorporating it into your meals are endless.
Serve it as a high-protein snack on its own or with a dip of your choice for a delicious appetizer.
Top your favorite salad with it for an added crunch, or add it to a nourish bowl for a satisfying and well-rounded meal.
Incorporate it into your favorite stir-fry or curry dish for a delicious and protein-packed dinner option.
For a hearty holiday meal, top it with vegan gravy for a delicious twist on traditional protein options. With so many options, your taste buds will never get bored with this versatile and delicious recipe.
Mix It Up: Experiment with Different Seasonings for Your Crispy Air Fryer Tofu
Get creative with the seasoning on these tofu bites. The dried herbs can be changed from Italian seasoning to:
- Masala spice blend
- Paprika, onion, and garlic
- Cajun seasoning
- Curry spice
- Herbs de Provence and garlic
- Any dried herb blend you like! The possibilities are endless when it comes to seasoning your tofu bites. Feel free to play around with different spice combinations to create a unique and delicious flavor every time.
Adding “Nooch” to this tofu recipe gives it a deliciously cheesy and nutty flavour. I believe nutritional yeast compliments any of the spice blends listed above. If you have it, I would highly recommend using it in this tofu recipe!
For the best texture, use extra firm tofu, which can be purchased pre-pressed or pressed for 15 minutes before preparing. Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein, making this recipe a healthy and satisfying meal option.
Tip For The Crispy Air Fryer Tofu:
Pro Tip: For an even more satisfying, meat-like texture in your crispy air fryer tofu, try freezing and then thawing your tofu before preparing it. This simple step will make a big difference in the final texture and flavor of your dish. This technique improves the texture and gives it more of a “meaty” feel.
Crispy Air Fryer Tofu
- 1 brick extra firm tofu, pressed
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1-2 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp Italian spice blend
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Press tofu ahead or time or purchase extra firm tofu that is already pressed.
- Cut tofu into bite sized cubes and add to a medium mixing bowl.
- Top the tofu with olive oil, coconut aminos, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, and spices.
- Place the lid on your bowl and shake well to combine or stir gently to combine all ingredients.
- Place tofu evenly into your airfryer leaving a little room between each piece. (To bake in the oven see instructions in the notes below.)
- Air fry at 390 degrees for 5 minutes. Shake or toss the tofu so it flips, and air fry for another 5 minutes.
- Allow to cool for a minute, then serve and enjoy!
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Follow all tofu prep instructions from the recipe above.
- Place tofu bites on a baking sheet leaving room between each cube.
- Bake on the top rack for 15 minutes. Flip the tofu and place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until crispy.
- Allow to cool for a minute then serve and enjoy!
- Serve alone as a high protein snack.
- Serve with a dip of your choice as a tofu bites appetizer.
- Serve on top of your favourite salad. These are especially delicious on a vegan Caesar salad.
- Serve on top of your favourite nourish bowl or buddha bowl.
- Add into your favourite stir fry or curry dish.
- As the protein portion of your dinner served with a grain and vegetable.
- Topped with vegan gravy during the holidays.
- Masala spice blend
- Paprika, onion and garlic
- Cajun seasoning
- Curry spice
- Herbs de provence and garlic
- Any dried herb blend you like!
In conclusion, this Crispy Air Fryer Tofu recipe is an easy and delicious way to get your vegan protein fix. Not only is it healthy, but it’s also incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. Whether you’re looking for a snack or a topping for your salad, this recipe is sure to satisfy. The best part is that it can be made in the air fryer or in the oven, making it accessible to anyone. With a little creativity and some delicious seasonings, you’ll have a new go-to recipe that will quickly become a staple in your household. So, give this recipe a try and enjoy the satisfying crunch and delicious flavor of crispy tofu. Happy vegan cooking!