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Air fryer tofu in a bowl

Air Fryer Tofu

Perfectly crispy and absolutely addictive, air fried tofu couldn't be easier or better.

Course Basics
Cuisine Asian
Keyword easy, vegan, vegertarian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 83 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 1 block firm or extra firm tofu drained from package
  • salt
  • spray cooking oil


  1. Wrap tofu in paper towels and place on a plate.

  2. Press under a heavy pan or skillet until tofu has drained. Change paper towels after 30 minutes, then check again in 30 more minutes. Alternately,

  3. Cut the tofu into cubes. Pat dry. Salt liberally and add to the air fryer basket. Spray everything with cooking oil and toss again.

  4. Cook at 380º for 10 to 20 minutes (see notes for desired crispiness). Toss tofu halfway through cooking time. Toss in sauce or serve with dipping sauce!

Recipe Notes

Cook time:

  • 10 minutes - golden and crispy on the edges
  • 15 minutes - crispy all over but still soft
  • 20 minutes -super crispy and very firm, like it has been commercially deep fried (not great on its own, but perfect for something saucy like a stir fry)

Do not skip pressing and draining tofu! 

Notes on pressing and draining: Can use clean dish towel instead of paper towels. Can use books instead of skillet to press. Place a cutting board between the tofu and books so that they don't get wet, and don't use any nice books. Alternately, use a tofu press to squeeze out the liquid from your tofu!

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Tofu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 4mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.