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air fried tofu on a plate beside an air fryer

Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

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  • Author: Verna
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Add some crunchy flavor bombs to your meals with this air fryer tofu recipe! So easy to make in less than 30 minutes, it’s the best way to take your meals from good to great.


  • 1- 454 g (1 lb) package extra firm tofu or firm tofu, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons tamari (see notes*)

  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 

  • Cooking oil spray

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced on diagonal (optional for serving)

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (optional for serving)


  1. Press tofu: use a tofu press or slice tofu into 2 or 3 slabs depending on thickness and wrap in layers of paper towel or clean dish cloth. Place a heavy object on top like a cast iron pan. Press for 15 - 30 minutes, Cut into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Marinate tofu: add tamari and nutritional yeast to a small bowl, stir together and heat in the microwave until hot but not boiling, about 30 seconds. Place tofu in a large ziplock bag, pour over the marinade and toss gently so it’s all coated. Let marinate for 15 to 30 minutes or up to 48 hours. 

  3. Open bag and sprinkle over cornstarch. Seal bag and gently shake to coat until tofu is evenly coated in all the cornstarch and no white spots remain.

  4. Air Fry tofu: Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil spray. Pour the tofu into the air fryer basket and spread evenly. Spray tops with cooking oil spray. Cook tofu at 375° - 380° for 15 minutes until crispy, shaking basket halfway through cooking time. Once done season with a little salt and pepper, brings out all the flavors (Tofu gets crispier as it cools a little)

  5.  Enjoy! Sprinkle with some green onions and sesame seeds if using. Add to any recipe or serve with a sauce or dip! For step by step photos, FAQ, Tips, Serving suggestions see above post


  • Tamari: for less sodium use light tamari or reduced soy sauce or braggs liquid aminos
  • I don't like to press the tofu too long as I like it to remain juicy inside once fried
  • I own the 5.8 quart cosori air fryer and love it! If you have a smaller air fryer cook tofu in two batches
  • Reheat leftovers: re-crisp tofu in a frying pan or heat in the microwave or enjoy it cold!
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Mains, Gluten free,
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian