Easy Air Fryer Tofu

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My kids are huge tofu fans and we always order fried tofu when we are doing take-out. So we tried to make fried tofu at home with our air fryer and it turned out great and was very easy. I spiced it very lightly because the kids don’t like a lot of spice, but feel free to increase and vary the spices.


  • 1 (18 ounce) package extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil


Cut block of tofu in half vertically and set side by side on a plate lined with multiple layers of paper towels. Add a thick layer of paper towels on top, weigh down with a heavy object (I used my bread box) and press for 30 minutes to remove as much liquid as possible.

Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes and place in a bowl. Drizzle with soy sauce and carefully toss to coat.

Combine cornstarch, onion powder, paprika, and white pepper in a small bowl. Add to tofu and carefully coat tofu with cornstarch mixture. Drizzle with sesame oil. Place tofu pieces in one layer in the basket of your air fryer. You might need to work in batches.

Air-fry at 390 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 6 minutes. Turn tofu pieces over and air-fry until crispy, about 6 more minutes.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 52 mins
Servings: 4 – Yield: 4 servings



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