Cooking Tofu in the Air Fryer

cook tofu in air fryer

One of my favorite things to cook in my air fryer is tofu. Normally, to make tofu taste good, you need to deep fry it so it’s crispy on the outside and soft and spongey on the inside. This makes a food that should be healthy, decidedly unhealthy by loading it with fat.

By air frying tofu you can keep the tofu low fat but still get all the delicious crispiness you would from deep frying or pan frying tofu.

I air fry my tofu without any oil at all! 


  • One block of firm tofu
  • 1 TBSP of corn starch


  • Open the tofu packet and shake off any excess water. Gently press the tofu block between your palms while holding it over the sink. Squeezing out a little moisture helps it fry better. You can also freeze it, thaw it and then press it to remove more moisture.
  • Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Add tofu and cornstarch to a mixing bowl and the gently toss the tofu to coat.
  • Line your air fryer basket with a square of baking paper and place tofu on top.
  • Air fry at 400°F (or 200°C) for 12 minutes. Shake and check the tofu about half way.

Uses for Air Fried Tofu:

Once the tofu is cooked you can use it in any recipe that calls from deep fried or pan fried tofu. My favorite recipe to use is this General Tso’s Tofu.

Alternatively, you can cut the block of tofu in half down the middle and fry up a delicious tofu patty for vegan burgers. Yum!

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