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recipe air fryer tofu

Air Fryer Tofu

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: small plates
  • Cuisine: Korean

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 block firm tofu (about 14 ounces)

Sauce:

  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons mirin
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • Oil spray

Garnish:

  • Scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (I used a mix of white and black)

Instructions

  1. Drain and wrap the tofu in a couple layers of paper towels. Gently press to eliminate excess water.
  2. Remove the paper towel and cut the tofu into bite size cubes, about 1 to 1 ½ inch squares.
  3. In a bowl, mix the sugar, ketchup, mirin, soy sauce, gochujang, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil. 
  4. Gently transfer the tofu cubes to a storage bag (or container) and add the sauce.
  5. Seal the bag, squeezing out the air, and gently move the marinade and tofu around, until all the cubes are coated evenly. 
  6. Marinate for an hour or two (or overnight). 
  7. Take the tofu out of the bag and gently place the cubes on a plate. Do not discard the marinade. 
  8. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the tofu generously, flip the tofu, and sprinkle again to coat the other side. 
  9. Spray the air fryer with a cooking spray and add the tofu cubes to the air fryer, leaving a little space between each piece. Spray the tofu with the oil spray.
  10. Set the air fryer to 400ºF and air fry for 9 to 11 minutes.
  11. Open the air fryer and gently flip the tofu a few times every 3 minutes or so, so they don’t stick to the bottom and also brown evenly. The tofu is ready when it’s golden brown.
  12. While the tofu is frying, pour the marinade into a small saucepan.
  13. Heat the sauce over medium high heat for a couple of minutes until hot and syrupy.
  14. Pour into a small sauce dish.
  15. Transfer the tofu to a plate and top with chopped scallions and sesame seeds. Serve Air Fryer Tofu immediately with the sauce on the side.

Notes

*You can also bake this tofu in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400. Put down a piece of parchment paper (which is less sticky than aluminum foil.) Spray your parchment paper with oil. Lay your prepared tofu on the paper and spray again with oil. Bake the tofu for 15-20 minutes, flipping the tofu halfway through.

Keywords: tofu, vegan, air fryer, korean, gochujang, snacks, crispy