Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, this 3 ingredient Air Fryer Tofu is melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

cubes of browned breaded tofu on a round gray plate


  • A block of tofu – I like to buy extra-firm tofu. It’s soft on the inside, but the firmness of the tofu allows it to hold its shape while frying.
  • Coconut aminos – Coconut aminos is a soy-free alternative to soy sauce. It can typically be found in the condiment or baking section at the grocery store. You can use gluten-free soy sauce.
  • Cornmeal – Try a super fine cornmeal to help your tofu get super crispy. Bob’s Red Mill brand has a good option, but when in doubt, the finer the better.

How to Make This Tofu

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The key to getting ultra-crispy tofu is pressing the moisture out before marinating and cooking. I recommend the EZ Tofu Press. It’s my go-to tool for making amazing tofu recipes!

  1. After pressing your tofu, cut it into cubes, then place it in a bowl with coconut aminos. Toss the tofu in the coconut aminos to coat, and let it marinate for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the marinated tofu squares and cornmeal to a large zip lock bag and shake to evenly coat the tofu.
  3. Place the breaded tofu cubes into the basket of your air fryer.
  4. Air fry the tofu at 370 degrees F for 12 minutes, depending on the model of your air fryer, then serve and enjoy!
cooked light brown colored cubes of tofu on a gray plate

Tips and Tricks

  • Be sure to press as much of the moisture out of the tofu as you can before dicing and air frying. Moisture is the enemy of a generous crispy crunch, so don’t skip this step! I recommend pressing your tofu for around 12 minutes.
  • A light coating of oil will help crisp these air-fried tofu bites right up.
  • After air frying your tofu, remove the basket from your air fryer and let the tofu cubes rest for a minute or two before serving.

How to Serve Tofu

a pile of brown air fried tofu bites on a gray plate

If you want the ultimate crispy partnership, pair a batch of these crispy tofu squares with a plate of air fryer brussel sprouts.

This tofu recipe can also be added to your favorite Asian-inspired vegetarian dinner.

Make a Chinese-style orange tofu with rice or add it to Thai-style tofu noodle bowls. There are so many possibilities!

If you are having trouble figuring out which one to try next, we suggest: Air Fryer Baked Potato, Air Fryer Broccoli, Air Fryer Sweet Potato and Air Fryer French Fries. Or you can tweak this Tofu Tenders to make in your air fryer!

cooked light brown colored cubes of tofu on a gray plate
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5 from 8 votes

Air Fryer Tofu

Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, this three-ingredient Air Fryer Tofu is melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 108kcal



  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 4 tbsp coconut aminos or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal


  • Prepare your tofu by pressing it for 10-12 minutes, turning the knobs tighter every 3-4 minutes.
  • Once the tofu is pressed, remove from the press and cut into cubes. In a shallow serving platter combine the tofu cubes and the coconut aminos. Marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Add the marinated tofu cubes and cornmeal to a gallon-sized zip lock baggie. Seal the baggie and gently toss to combine. The tofu cubes should be coated well.
  • Place the tofu cubes into your air fryer basket. Optional: You can give a little spray of oil to the cubes to help them brown and crisp better. Cook at 370 degrees F for 12 minutes. Be sure to shake the air fryer basket mid way through. (You can also give the tofu cubes another spray of oil when you shake the basket for extra crispiness.)
  • When the air frying time is completed, remove the crispy tofu from the air fryer basket. Serve and enjoy!


Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.


  1. This looks great! I love tofu and have tried it in many ways. I don’t have an air fryer yet but when I get one I think this will be the first thing I would make in it. I have made something similar in the oven and it was fantastic.

  2. 5 stars
    Crispy tofu is the best I added Panko bread crumbs to this like you said in the Facebook group. My family loved it.

    1. Yes you could! I do that often. Usually when I do that, I press the tofu, dice it, place into a gallon zip lock baggie, add 1-2T of oil, some smoked paprika, garlic powder and 3/4 cup of bread crumbs. Then shake to coat and dump into air fryer 🙂

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