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Air Fryer Tofu

  • Author: Iosune
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Total: 30 mins
  • 4 1x
  • How to, Main Dish, Side Dish
  • American
  • Vegan

Servings 4 1x

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Air fryer tofu, easy, affordable, and high in protein. It is a super simple and healthy recipe that requires only 4 ingredients and just 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz firm tofu (450 g)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oil, I used extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Cut the tofu into cubes. I don’t press the tofu because I prefer to save some time and also think it’s not necessary, but it’s up to you. I just drain the tofu and discard the liquid.
  2. Place the tofu cubes into a mixing bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Stir until well combined and let the tofu marinate for at least 15 minutes, preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF or 200 Cº (I preheat mine according to manufacturer’s recommendations, for about 3 minutes). 
  4. Transfer the tofu cubes to the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, shaking the pan a couple of times to promote even cooking. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook half the tofu at a time.
  5. Serve immediately with dishes like veggie stir fry, cabbage soup, or vegetable soup.
  6. Keep the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Notes

  • Prep time includes the 15 minutes you need to let the tofu marinate.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you could sautée the tofu in a skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown, or bake it at 400ºF or 200ºC for 10-15 minutes. Then remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip each of the tofu cubes so they can cook evenly on the other side. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Try the tofu before serving and add more salt if needed.
  • Feel free to add any spices or herbs you like or have on hand.
  • Soy sauce can be replaced by tamari or coconut aminos. You could also add some salt instead, but I think soy sauce is the best choice.
  • Oil is optional, but it makes the tofu crispier and more flavorful.
  • Firm or extra firm tofu are the best options for this recipe, as silken or other soft tofu types wouldn’t work as good.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe
  • Calories: 115
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 465 mg
  • Fat: 8.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 9.8 g