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Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

Once you learn how to air fry tofu, you’ll never make fried tofu any other way! It crisps up perfectly and doesn’t even need oil! A deliciously healthy - and ridiculously easy - vegan recipe for kids and adults alike.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

For the Tofu Bites

  • 1 pound extra firm tofu
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 3 tbsp water (mix with chickpea flour to make chickpea "eggs")
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp dried parsley

For the Ranch Sauce

  • ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 pinch ground pepper
  • 1 small lemon, juiced

Instructions

  • Chop tofu in about ½ inch squares.
  • Whisk chickpea egg with smoked paprika, salt, ground pepper and dried parsley. Use this mix to coat each piece of tofu and then coat them with almond flour.
  • Place tofu bites in a heated Air Fryer without overlapping them to assure perfect cooking (it took me two rounds to have them all done).
  • I cook them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, follow your own Air Fryer directions if needed. Note: To ensure even cooking, at around the 7 minute mark, I recommend taking out the basket (which should automatically pause your air fryer), shaking the basket a few times to toss the tofu cubes, and then placing it back in the air fryer.
  • For the ranch sauce, place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse to a smooth texture.
  • Serve tofu nuggets with ranch sauce and enjoy!

Video

https://youtu.be/tjfpm4P1o9k

Notes

Tips for Making The Best Air Fryer Tofu
  • Make sure to press your tofu before you cut it into cubes! This is essential to making sure your tofu bites have the right texture.
  • Don't crowd your air fryer basket - you can do this recipe in multiple batches. The tofu bites should all have small spaces between them when placed in the basket. 
  • Feel free to switch up your marinade for the tofu bites with whatever spices you enjoy.
  • To make sure everything cooks evenly, shake your tofu in the basket halfway through cooking. 
Note: This recipe yields around 40 tofu bites and ¾ cup ranch sauce. 1 serving = 6-7 tofu bites + 2 tbsp ranch sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.4g | Protein: 12.7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 1g