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Air Fryer Crispy Tofu

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy method for making Crispy Tofu in the air fryer is perfect for adding a last minute bit of protein to salads and noodle bowls – with or without a delicious teriyaki glaze and a sprinkling of sesame seeds!


  • 280g (10 oz) block extra firm tofu
  • light spray oil
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 tbsp teriyaki glaze (optional)
  • 1 tsp furikake or toasted sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Drain the tofu and gently pat out as much liquid as possible using pieces of kitchen towel. Cut into thick slices and do the same again.
  2. Chop the slices into cubes and transfer them to a medium bowl. Spritz with the oil until just coated, turning occasionally with a spoon, doing your best not to break up the tofu until all the cubes are just coated in oil.
  3. Working 1 tsp at a time, gently toss the tofu cubes in the cornflour until they’re well coated, again doing your best not to break up the tofu.
  4. Lightly spritz the air fryer basket with oil and spread out the tofu. Bake on a 200 degree (390 farenheit) setting for 15 minutes, only tossing after 10. The tofu should be crispy and slightly golden.
  5. Serve immediately, tossing in teriyaki glaze if using, and sprinkling with furikake or sesame seeds if desired.