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Crispy air fried tofu on a plate

The BEST Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

How to make extra crispy air fryer tofu with 5ingredients and 15 minutes. This easy recipe is also healthy, low calorie, oil free, and perfect for meal prep!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 79kcal
Author Rachel


  • air fryer


  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce *
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup or agave syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 16 oz extra firm tofu or firm tofu


  • Drain the tofu and press out excess water by wrapping in a clean lint-free cloth or paper towel and setting a plate or cutting board on top with weighted objects. Allow the tofu to press for at least 10 minutes.
    16 oz extra firm tofu
  • Mix together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. When the tofu is ready, cut into cubes and place in a shallow dish. Add the sauce to the dish and allow the tofu to marinate for 10-15 minutes.
    ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce, ½ tablespoon maple syrup, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Preheat oven or air fryer to 400°F (205°C). If using an air fryer, evenly spread out the tofu in the air fryer basket and cook for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway. If using an oven, place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden, flipping halfway.


*In order to be gluten-free, use liquid aminos instead.
Work in batches if your air fryer is smaller and won't allow for the entire batch to be in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You don't want any tofu touching each other so that they cook evenly and allow each edge to become golden and crispy!
If not all the marinade was absorbed you can use it to flavor rice or add to a stir fry!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a few days. To reheat, throw them in the air fryer for a few minutes to crisp up again.


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg