Crispy air fryer tofu is made to perfection every time, with less fat than the traditional method of deep-frying. In less than 20 minutes, you are tossing your air fryer tofu in a homemade honey garlic sauce that is balanced in flavor and totally satisfying.

I’m sure like most tofu eaters you have tried it about every way imaginable and sometimes the crisp just isn’t there! Air frying is your answer! 

When using the air fryer, it cooks by convection, therefore leaving foods more crispy without having to be deep-fried. Convection simply means that there’s really hot air blowing all around the food as the cooking method. 

Air frying tofu allows you to decrease the cooking time without comprising that crunch you are wanting. Not to mention you don’t have to worry about all the unhealthy stuff like you do when deep-frying! 

Air-fried food usually tastes like, and has the texture of, something halfway between oven-roasted foods and deep-fried foods. It makes tofu far crispier in far less time than an oven would, in about the time it would take to preheat your oven. That is pretty darn good.


  • 16 oz super firm tofu (or extra firm tofu. Squeeze out the water from the extra firm)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (or cayenne, which will add more heat than paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 teaspoon grated garlic)
  • ½ teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


  • Cut the tofu lengthwise into four slabs, then cut each slab into 12 cubes.
  • Place the tofu and all marinade ingredients in a bowl, toss to mix. You can air-fry rightaway or, if you have the time, let it stand for 30 minutes.
  • Place it in a single layer in the air fryer basket, with a bit of space between each cube, and insert it in the air fryer. You might need to do this in two batches.
  • Air-fry for 12 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Halfway through air frying remove the basket and toss the tofu cubes around. This is not absolutely necessary but it helps ensure cooks evenly.
  • Serve it as a snack with a creamy mayo or other dipping sauce, or toss it into stews, curries, wraps, salads and more.


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