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Simple Air Fryer Tofu Bites

Tofu isn’t just for the vegans and vegetarians among us, friends. Even the most devoted carnivores will find these air fryer tofu bites irresistible. Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, they’re a versatile snack or addition to any meal. Plus, they’re ridiculously easy to make, and you can customize the flavor to fit whatever vibe you’re going for.

Air fryer tofu is the way to go, folks. Quick, healthy, and satisfying. Once you try these, you might just become tofu’s number one fan.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Tofu Bites

Gear up for some flavorful goodness. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tofu: A 14-ounce block of extra-firm tofu, pressed and cubed
  • Olive oil: Just a tablespoon to help crisp things up
  • Soy sauce: For a bit of umami goodness
  • Cornstarch: 1 tablespoon to make sure you get that perfect crunch
  • Seasonings: Garlic powder, onion powder, and a touch of smoked paprika

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Tofu Bites

As always, we’ve got some tips to help you nail it on the first try:

  • Press well: Remove excess moisture from the tofu by pressing it between a few paper towels or using a tofu press. This will help with getting that crispy texture.
  • Coat evenly: Toss the cubed tofu gently in olive oil and soy sauce before adding the cornstarch and seasonings. This ensures they’re all evenly coated for maximum flavor.
  • Don’t overcrowd: Make sure to leave some space between each tofu bite in the air fryer basket to allow for even cooking.
  • Shake it up: Give the basket a good shake halfway through cooking to make sure all sides get nice and crispy.

Variations and Substitutions

No soy sauce? Swap it with tamari or liquid aminos for a similar taste. For a different twist, try a splash of barbecue sauce or hot sauce.

Going for sweeter tones? Sprinkle some brown sugar or drizzle a bit of honey or maple syrup before air frying. Want to spice things up? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or some chili flakes for a bit of heat.

If you’re trying to keep it low-oil, opt for a light spritz of olive oil spray instead of the full tablespoon.

tofu bites in air fryer

Simple Air Fryer Tofu Bites

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, these air fryer tofu bites are the perfect snack, salad topping, or protein boost for any meal. Easy, customizable, and oh-so-tasty.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 99 kcal


  • Air-fryer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tofu press (optional but handy)


  • 14 ounce extra-firm tofu pressed and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss the pressed and cubed tofu with olive oil, soy sauce, cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika until evenly coated.
  • Arrange the tofu cubes in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Once golden and crispy, remove from the air fryer and let cool slightly.
  • Enjoy as is, or add to your fave dish. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 8gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 315mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 123IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer, easy recipes, tofu bites
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5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Andrew Gray

Friday 12th of July 2024

I love how these air fryer recipes turn out perfectly every time. So glad I found this guide.