|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||11%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||6%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This air fryer tofu is a fast and easy protein that you can enjoy any day of the week, and you can make it with very little cooking oil. If you want perfectly cooked tofu in under 15 minutes without the mess of deep-frying, the air fryer is an excellent choice. This recipe includes a marinade, but feel free to season the tofu cubes as you like. You can skip the marinade and toss tofu cubes with a few teaspoons of sesame or vegetable oil and some soy sauce or toss them with dry seasonings.
For the driest and crispiest cooked tofu, make sure to press out as much moisture as possible. If you're using weights, press the tofu for at least 20 to 30 minutes. If you have a tofu press, 10 to 15 minutes should be sufficient.
16 ounces extra-firm tofu
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil (or another neutral flavor oil)
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon sliced green onions, optional, garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Wrap the tofu in a clean kitchen towel and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Alternatively, place the tofu on paper towels and cover with paper towels. Place a heavy skillet, a large book, or a cutting board on top of the tofu and place a few heavy cans on top to weigh everything down. This will help press excess moisture out of the tofu. Let the tofu stand for about 30 minutes.
While the tofu stands, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, canola oil, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic in a small bowl.
Cut the pressed tofu into 1-inch cubes and place it in a shallow baking dish or similar nonreactive container.
Pour the marinade mixture over the tofu. Cover the dish and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat the air fryer to 390 F. Arrange the marinated tofu cubes in the air fryer basket and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes, turning every 3 to 4 minutes, until crisp.
Serve the tofu cubes hot or cold.
How To Store
- Refrigerate leftover fried tofu cubes in a shallow airtight container for up to 4 days.
- Reheat leftover tofu in the oven, a skillet, or in the air fryer. It can be reheated in the microwave but it won't be as crispy.
How To Use Air Fryer Tofu
- Toss air-fried tofu with quinoa, noodles, rice, or cauliflower rice.
- Serve fried tofu cubes with a drizzling of Asian salad dressing or peanut sauce.
- Add fried tofu to a Buddha bowl or tossed salad.
- Cut the pressed tofu into fingers or triangles. Serve the fried tofu pieces hot with an Asian-inspired dip, Thai peanut sauce, or sweet and sour sauce.
- Instead of the Asian marinade, try this cilantro lime marinade or cook the tofu cubes with a simple breading made with nutritional yeast.
Can Firm Tofu Be Substituted for Extra Firm?
Extra-firm tofu contains less water than firm tofu, making it an excellent choice for frying, baking, and grilling. Firm tofu may be used in place of extra-firm, but make sure it is as dry as possible before using.
Is Tofu Keto-Friendly?
Yes, tofu is keto-friendly. Tofu is an excellent source of protein, and 1 cup of firm tofu contains only 1 gram of net carbs. It's also a great source of calcium and iron.