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Even meat-eaters will appreciate a healthy, plant-based high-protein meal with this crispy air-fried tofu recipe. Freeze and thaw the tofu for a chewy texture that absorbs the flavor of your favorite seasonings, and then air-fry for a crispy exterior. Don't have an airfryer? See instructions to bake.
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 day
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Simple Garlic Marinade
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 day
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Simple Garlic Marinade
Instructions
  1. Freeze tofu. Thaw in refrigerator OR speed up the process by soaking package in warm water. For best results, repeat this process. Second time is a charm here, though once will do the trick.
  2. Remove tofu from package and dry. Use a tofu press, or wrap in an absorbent towel. I use a bath towel, as kitchen towels don't soak up as much water. Press tofu gently so it doesn't break. Slice or chop into cubes, and pat with towel to thoroughly dry.
  3. Place garlic marinade ingredients into a blender (unless using garlic powder, in which case just whisk). Pour over the tofu in a shallow bowl. Coat both sides evenly.
  4. Air-fry at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. If you don't have an airfryer, bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Flip over at the half-way mark.
  5. Serve on a sandwich, in a stir-fry or simply enjoy--there is nothing plain about it.
Recipe Notes

Want some heat? Try using THAT sauce for crispy air-fried tofu.

Crispy air-fried tofu marinated in THAT sauce

Prefer tofu as a topper for salads and stir-fry? Chop into cubes . . . And if you don't have an air-fryer, you can just bake. It's still great!

Baked Garlic Tofu

Use frozen tofu for vegan fried chicken nuggets.      

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