😍🎶 Air fried tofu, I love you-ouuuu! 🎶
This is a new song I’ve been singing in the kitchen lately. It all started after I finally learned how to make air fried tofu and my whole life changed.
But it wasn’t always this way. In fact, it took me at least 5 years of trial and error before I learned how to tame the tofu beast in my kitchen. But tame it I did, and many delicious dishes were made as a result.
And now, I’m adding a new cooking method (and easy recipe!) to my tofu arsenal: Air Fried Tofu with Sweet Sriracha Sauce!
I’m actually pretty surprised at myself with this one: It’s super delicious but also totally healthy.
I know; don’t you love when that happens?
Making air fried tofu is easy: just drain it, cube it, and toss it in your fryer basket. Cook it at 400F for about 10-20 minutes, stopping to shake the basket every five. That’s it!
If you don’t yet have an air fryer, feel free to saute or bake this tofu to your desired crispiness. Here’s a great tutorial for making it on the stove.
If you’re looking for an air fryer or trying to decide if it’s a smart decision for you, I highly suggest checking out this one by Cook’s Essentials. I’m not big on having an excess of kitchen gadgets, but I have to say it’s hard to imagine life without our air fryer – especially now that I know I can make the best tofu ever with such little effort and no oil!
While the tofu is cooking, you’ll mix your sauce together in a small bowl – no fancy equipment required here, except a fork! 😋
The result is a killer mix of sweet and spicy sauce poured over cubes of tofu that are slightly crispy on the outside and so crazy meaty and tender on the inside.
You guys, you’re going to fall in love with this recipe just like we have!
This dish SO reminds me of the Chinese takeout dishes I love to order – only it took less time and certainly cost less. SCORE!
I even served it with brown rice and some steamed broccoli because…look how pretty!! 😍😍
Can I share a quick funny story with you?
When T and I first started dating (and eating massive amounts of Chinese takeout together…why do I feel like those two always go hand in hand?), he would totally call me out when I ate all the seitan out of my General Tso’s but left the broccoli.
“You know that’s food too, right?”
“What do you mean?”
“That broccoli you’re about to throw away…they don’t just put it there for show.”
*facepalm* That’s when it hit me I had legit been ignoring the broccoli in my Chinese takeout for my entire life, dismissing it as a garnish placed there only for show.
Interesting how my brain works like that, right?
But I digress. 😋
Other Vegan Air Fryer Recipes
- French Fried Onions in the Air Fryer (These are killerrrr on salads!)
- Jackfruit & Cheddar Taquitos in the Air Fryer
- Easy Vegan Caesar Salad with Air Fried Croutons
The next time you’re hankerin’ for some takeout, try making this Air Fried Tofu with Sweet Sriracha Sauce instead! And when you do, tag us in your beautiful photos on Instagram (we’re @theplantpowercouple, with the ‘the’) or Facebook (just Plant Power Couple there). Happy cooking, Plant Power People!
Yield: 4 servings
This Sweet Sriracha Tofu made in the air fryer is the perfect easy weeknight dinner! You'll be shocked how quickly it comes together - definitely a great recipe to add to your regular arsenal!
15 minPrep Time:
15 minCook Time:
30 minTotal Time:
5 based on 5 review(s)
- 1 16-oz block extra firm tofu (drained)
- steamed broccoli
- cooked brown rice
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or tamari for GF)
- 4 Tbsp sriracha
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp ginger, minced
- First, preheat your air fryer to 400F and cut your tofu into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Add the cubed tofu to your air fryer basket and cook for 10-20 minutes or until it reaches your desired level of crispiness (I like it pretty crispy!), stopping to shake the basket every 5 minutes.
- Make the sauce: Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix with a fork until combined.
- Toss the air fried tofu in your sauce and serve it over rice with steamed broccoli. Enjoy!
We have (and really love) a Cook's Essentials air fryer . If you don't have an air fryer, feel free to bake or saute the tofu to crispy perfection!
This is also a great meal prep recipe. Make it on Sunday and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.