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With hints of sesame and garlic, this crispy Air Fryer Tofu recipe will knock your socks off with its delightful textures and flavors! Gluten-free and vegan.

A white bowl of crispy looking tofu.

Crispy, golden tofu ready to be devoured on its own or incorporated into your favorite dishes. This Air Fryer Tofu recipe is the best thing to happen to tofu since…ever! With hints of sesame and garlic, not only do you have that wonderful texture, you also have a delightful splash of flavor that is dare I say…addictive? I hope you love this air fried tofu as much as we do!

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super easy and quick to make.
  • Great on its own for a healthy snack or incorporated into dishes like salad, soup, curry or served as the perfect side dish alongside veggies like broccoli, cauliflower or brussels sprouts.
  • Naturally vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free.
An air fryer basket try with crispy air fryer tofu scattered on top.

🧄 Ingredients Notes

Coconut aminos: You can replace the coconut aminos with soy sauce or tamari if need be.

Apple cider vinegar: The vinegar can be replaced with rice vinegar, white wine vinegar or regular white vinegar if need be.

🔪 How-to Make Air Fryer Tofu

A close up shot of golden, crispy tofu in a white bowl.

🍽️ How-to Use and Serve

  • On its own — it’s that good!
  • Served with a favorite dipping sauce. We are partial to Golden Tahini Sauce. These are essentially tofu “nuggets”!
  • Served on a bed of rice, quinoa or rice noodles.
  • Alongside some roasted or steamed veggies.
An silver rack with nuggets of cooked tofu scattered about.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of tofu should I use?

Extra firm tofu! The firmer the tofu, the crispier the results. I am fond of organic sprouted varieties of tofu for that added nutritional value. But, any tofu will work well, so long as it is firm!

Should I press the tofu?

Pressing the liquid out of tofu is essential for that addictively crispy texture. You can use a tofu press or use any large object such as a heavy pan, cast iron skillet, books or canned goods and place them on top of the block of tofu (I like to wrap the tofu in a clean kitchen towel when doing this), allowing the liquid to drain.

Will this recipe work without marinade?

Yes! You can simply drizzle a little oil over the tofu cubes (or omit oil!), then air fry as instructed.

💭 Top Tip

There can be slight variances in air fryer models as far as temperature and time needed. The important thing is to simply look out for that golden color and crispness as a tell-tale sign it’s ready. It’s okay if the tofu still seems slightly soft in the middle, as it does continue to crisp while it cools!

Close shot of tofu that's been cooked in an air fryer.

🔥 Storing and Reheating

This crispy tofu tastes great warm, at room temperature, or even cold! You can store in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container. To reheat simply place in a 400F air fryer or conventional oven, or pan fry on the stovetop until warmed throughout.

A white bowl of golden looking tofu.

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Crispy looking tofu in a white bowl.

Air Fryer Tofu

With hints of sesame and garlic, this crispy Air Fryer Tofu recipe will knock your socks off with its delightful textures and flavors! Gluten-free and vegan.
4.89 from 51 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kristen Wood



  • 1 14-ounce block of tofu, extra firm pressed and drained



  • Using a tofu press or a very heavy pot placed on top of the block of tofu, press the tofu and allow the excess moisture to drain.
  • While the tofu is draining, in a small bowl combine all remaining ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  • Slice pressed tofu into 1/2-1" cubes. Place into a large bowl.
  • Drizzle marinade over the tofu and toss to coat. Let sit and marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place marinated tofu into air fryer basket or tray. Air fry for 15 minutes or until golden and crispy on the outside, shaking the basket/tray once in a while to ensure even cooking.
  • Let cool slightly and enjoy!


See the post above for tips, tricks and other valuable information!
You might also like 35 Plant-Based Air Fryer Recipes.
If you enjoy Air Fryer Tofu, you might also like Teriyaki Tofu!
Also see: Sweet and Spicy Green Tofu Quinoa Bowl.
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.05mg

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Tofu Press (Optional but handy!)
Sesame Oil
Coconut Aminos
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  1. 5 stars
    This air fryer tofu is so delicious and healthy! Love the hint of garlic on it and its color!

  2. 5 stars
    The tofu came out so crisp on the outside and tender inside after air frying— my new go-to cooking method.

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite ways to make tofu. The AF is perfect for getting it golden and crispy!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe for crispy air fryer tofu is amazing! The seasoning was perfect and it made a great addition to my salad.

    1. Hi! Sorry and thank you for letting me know! The nutritional values are automatically calculated by the recipe card I use. I’ve updated the protein based on the extra-firm tofu I currently have on hand.

  5. 5 stars
    I didn’t know you could cook tofu so quickly. Too easy and that is just perfect if you ask me.

  6. 5 stars
    So much crispier cooking tofu this way compared to pan-fried tofu! Excellent recipe! 🙂 Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    What a great idea to use the airfryer to get crispy tofu. So much easier and great flavours too with the garlic.

  8. 5 stars
    looks healthy and cripsy! I’m on a diet so maybe this would help me prepare a healthy meal for myself.

  9. 5 stars
    Making perfect tofu is every vegan’s dream. With this recipe, you have simplified the whole process. It looks deliciously perfect.

  10. 5 stars
    I love making tofu in the air fryer. It comes out so crisp and perfect. This has such a nice seasoning! Great to put in your buddha bowls!

  11. 5 stars
    Going to try this! I am a fan of tofu and haven’t yet tried it in my air fryer. Thanks for the recipe and tips.

  12. 5 stars
    What a great, tasty and versatile recipe. I love that you used avocado oil for making this crispy tofu.