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crispy air fried tofu

Crispy Air Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce

Plant-based protein + fibre + healthy fats + flavour explosion + crispy texture = the perfect snack or side dish
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish


  • Air Fryer


Crispy Air Fried Tofu

  • 1 brick tofu extra firm, pressed to remove moisture
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • tbsp corn starch
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne optional
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Peanut sauce

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp fish sauce optional
  • 2-3 tbsp hot water
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp ginger finely chopped


Air Fried Crispy Tofu

  • Press your tofu to remove excess moisture. Cut into 1" cubes.
  • In a bowl, mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, and maple syrup. Stir to combine and add mixture to a plastic bag. Add the tofu and toss to coat. Let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a seperate bowl, mix cornstarch, curry powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Preheat air fryer to 380°F.
  • Remove tofu from marinade and toss in 1 tsp of olive oil then toss in corn starch mixture. Gently mix until evenly coated.
  • Air fry at 380°F for 12 minutes, shaking the basket after 6 minutes.

Peanut Sauce

  • While the tofu air fries, add peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, and hot water to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • When smooth, add 1 clove garlic, ginger, and red chilli flakes and stir to combine.
  • Allow tofu to cool for 1 minute then drizzle with peanut sauce.


Optional toppings: sesame seeds and green onions
Keyword Air Fried, Air Fryer, Crispy, Deep fried, healthy, Peanut, Protein, Sauce, Spicy, Tofu