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Air Fryer Tofu

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
15 min
15 min
If you think you don’t like tofu, this crispy tofu recipe might just change your mind! For the crispiest result, don’t skip pressing the tofu to remove the excess liquid; you can use canned goods or a heavy pan as a weight. Or try this with smoked or baked tofu—no pressing necessary. Garnish this recipe with fresh herbs and sesame seeds, and serve it with your favorite dipping sauce or drizzled with the reserved marinade and a touch of toasted sesame oil. You can also bake this recipe in a regular oven at 400°F for 30 minutes.


Extra firm tofu

16 oz, drained

Tamari sauce

2 Tbsp, reduced-sodium

Dark sesame oil

1 Tbsp

Rice wine vinegar

2 tsp

Garlic clove

2 clove(s), finely chopped

Fresh ginger

½ tsp, finely chopped


1 Tbsp


  1. Line a sheet pan with paper towels and place the block of tofu on top. Cover tofu with a few layers of paper towel, press down lightly with your hands to dry tofu, and then place a heavy pan on top. Let tofu drain for 20 minutes.
  2. Pat tofu dry and cut into 1-inch squares.
  3. In a large bowl or glass dish, combine tamari, oil, vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Add tofu, and let stand, turning occasionally, 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat air fryer, if necessary, to 390℉. Transfer tofu from marinade to a plate with a slotted spoon and using a fine mesh strainer, sprinkle with cornstarch, turning tofu as you go. Pour remaining marinade into a small serving dish.
  5. Air fry tofu in a single layer (in batches, if necessary), flipping halfway through, until crispy and golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with reserved marinade for drizzling.
  6. Serving size: 4 oz tofu and 1/2 tbsp sauce