Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

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Do you crave crispy tofu without the fuss? Try these Air Fryer Tofu Bites/Nuggets with zesty peanut sauce! This Thai-inspired recipe promises an easy, flavorful, and plant-based protein dinner that will revolutionize your tofu game.

Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Servings 4


  • 14 ounces of extra firm tofu cut into cubes after pressing
  • 1 tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Oil spray for air frying

**For the Peanut Satay Sauce:**

  • 1/3 cup of peanut butter
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 3 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of chili paste
  • 2 teaspoons of ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of hot water


**Prepare the Peanut Sauce:**

  • Mix peanut butter, lime juice, sweet chili sauce, chili paste, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and hot water in a bowl until you get the desired consistency. Adjust water for thickness.

**Prepare the Tofu:**

  • Wrap the tofu block in paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Press it down with a heavy object for 10 to 15 minutes to drain excess water. Cut into cubes.
  • In a large Ziploc bag or mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cornstarch. Shake well to coat the tofu.


  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Spray the tray with oil and place the marinated tofu, ensuring they’re spaced apart. Air fry for 15 to 20 minutes, spraying oil halfway through until golden and crispy.
  • Serve the tofu in a rice bowl with peanut satay sauce and your favorite veggies like pickled onions, cucumbers, green onions, and cilantro! Enjoy your crunchy tofu delight!

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