Easy Crispy Air Fryer Tofu
I thought I had crispy tofu all figured out until I tried it in an air fryer. It requires so much less fuss (and oil) to get that ideal thick crunchy outside. Don't get me wrong, cooking with a little EVOO or avocado oil is 1000% good for you, full of healthy omega-3 fats, but sometimes it takes a good bit of oil to get the crispy layer we like. Not to mention the clean-up is so much faster.
And you can take this base recipe and switch it up with a ginger garlic soy dipping sauce one night and then a Buffalo or BBQ sauce the next. Whaa?! Oh yeah, super versatile.
1 lb block of extra firm tofu, pressed for 30 minutes then cut into 1” cubes
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
½ teaspoon sesame oil (sub avocado oil for a more neutral flavor)
You can also use any other dry seasoning you have on hand (Ranch, Creole, BBQ, Italian) depending on your final product. I'd just leave our the garlic powder, onion powder, and salt if your other seasoning already has salt in it. You'd also want to go for an avo oil here.
I used this Japanese Dipping Sauce and topped with toasted black sesame seeds.
In a medium bowl combine cubed tofu and soy sauce and toss to coat. Then add in all other ingredients and toss to thoroughly combine.
Put in air fryer so that each cube has space for air flow around it. I had to cook mine in 2 batches. You may not need to if your air fryer is larger.
Set air fryer to 400°F and cook for 7 minutes. Then shake the basket and continue to cook for another 7 minutes.
Remove after tofu is browned to your liking and serve immediately.
Compliments to Love and Lemons for the recipe inspo!