Crispy tofu

Looking for a satisfying vegan-friendly meal with the perfect crunch? Prepare this delicious Crispy Tofu that you can serve with white rice, fried rice, and other tasty sides. It is very easy to prepare and it always comes out delicious.
Cuadritos de tofu crujiente en un plato

What Is Tofu and What Does It Taste Like?

Tofu is a vegan-friendly ingredient composed primarily of condensed soy milk. It is available in different textures. It is commonly used in different recipes to replace traditional meat for vegetarians and vegans who do not want to consume meat. The taste of tofu varies tremendously and will depend primarily on the way it gets seasoned and prepared. It quickly absorbs flavors added to it, making it a great ingredient to use for a wide variety of dishes.

Why Is It Good to Eat Tofu?

It is good to eat tofu because it is an excellent source of protein. It can replace chicken and other meats in recipes for those who want to avoid meat. Besides providing you with the protein needed to feel energized, it is also an excellent source of minerals and vitamins that can keep you healthy.

How to Make Crispy Tofu?

  • Tofu. Be sure to squeeze it properly to get rid of excess moisture before you prepare it.
  • Cornstarch. If you do not have cornstarch, you can use tapioca flour.
  • Seasonings.
extra firm tofu cut into pieces
  • Drain liquid from tofu, place on paper towels, put another paper towel on top, add weight, and wait 10-15 min.
  • Once it is nearly dry, cut it widthwise and then into equally sized squares.

Put these tofu pieces in a bowl and cover with cornstarch or tapioca flour. In this step you season them as you like best.

Put the tofu cut into pieces on the air fryer tray or a baking sheet and spray them with cooking spray. Leave until crispy and delicious.

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How to make Crispy Tofu in the Air Fryer?

Preheat the Air Fryer to 400ºF

Cook the Tofu: Place the seasoned tofu cubes in the air fryer basket in a single layer.

Shake Regularly: Cook for about 12-15 minutes, opening the air fryer every few minutes to shake the basket, allowing all sides of the tofu cubes to get crispy.

In the oven

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF
  • To prepare crispy tofu in the oven, you have to squeeze all the liquid out
  • Cover it in cornstarch
  • Place all the pieces on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil o other vegetable oil
  • Bake for 15 minutes, rotate, and bake for 10 more minutes or until crispy and golden.
A small plate with crispy tofu

Tips & tricks

  • If you want a sturdier consistency for the tofu, freeze it. Then, thaw and follow the same process
  • When frying tofu in a skillet, using oil is a must. It is recommended to use vegetable, olive, or coconut oil for the best results.
  • Add some seasoning to the cornstarch so you can make it flavorful
Cuadritos de tofu crujiente en un plato

Crispy tofu

Alejandra Graf
Looking for a satisfying vegan-friendly meal with the perfect crunch? Prepare this delicious Crispy Tofu that you can serve with white rice, fried rice, and other tasty sides. It is very easy to prepare and it always comes out delicious.
5 de 1 voto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Basics
Cuisine American
Servings 6 pieces
Calories 42 kcal

Equipment

  • Baking sheets
  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 block of 14 oz firm or extra firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil spray as needed

Instructions
 

  • Remove the tofu from the package, drain the liquid, and place it on top of paper towels folded in half or four. Put another paper towel on top, the same, folded in two or four and something heavy on top. Leave it for 10-15 minutes.
  • When it is almost dry, you split it across the width and then into squares of the same size.
  • Put these tofu pieces in a bowl and cover with cornstarch or tapioca flour. In this step you season them as you like best.

In the oven

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF
  • To prepare crispy tofu in the oven, you have to squeeze all the liquid out
  • Cover it in cornstarch
  • Place all the pieces on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil o other vegetable oil
  • Bake for 15 minutes, rotate, and bake for 10 more minutes or until crispy and golden.

Crispy Tofu in the Air Fryer

  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 400ºF
  • Cook the Tofu: Place the seasoned tofu cubes in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Shake Regularly: Cook for about 12-15 minutes, opening the air fryer every few minutes to shake the basket, allowing all sides of the tofu cubes to get crispy.

Notes

How to Reheat the Crispy Tofu

If you store the Crispy Tofu leftovers in the fridge, you can reheat the leftovers in the air fryer to get your tofu to have that crispy texture again. It is possible to reheat in the microwave, but the tofu may not taste as crispy when you use it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 42kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 430mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword airfryer dishes, crispy tofu, tofu

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What to Serve With Crispy Tofu

Crispy Tofu tastes great with many sides. If you want to prepare a meal with it, serve it with a side of steamed brown rice and broccoli. You might even want to cover it in orange spicy sauce and toss some sesame seeds over the rice and broccoli for added flavor and crunch. If you do not eat rice, you can always prepare cauliflower rice, zucchini slices, roasted carrots, or seasoned cabbage to eat with your tofu.

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