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Air Fryer Teriyaki Tofu (Easy, Healthy Recipe)

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Making tofu in the air fryer really is a game changer. This is my all-time favorite recipe for air fryer teriyaki tofu. I’ve made it more times than I can count, and I think it tastes better than any of my local takeout options. It’s perfectly crispy with a flavorful and satisfying sauce that also makes for awesome leftovers.

air fryer teriyaki tofu

Air frying is a healthy and delicious way to cook up tofu.. The best part is the texture of the tofu after using the air fryer. It’s much better than pan-fried, and you end up using a lot less oil, making this a much lighter dish. And, I’ve never had good luck baking tofu and getting that perfectly crispy texture.

Recipe highlights 

  • You can pair this tofu with steamed rice, veggies, or even salad. It’s versatile and works with many different flavors.
  • Prepare this recipe in advance by keeping the tofu and the sauce separate. Combine before serving for a super quick weeknight meal.
  • There is no need to fuss with frying your tofu on a pan. The air fryer works perfectly and gives the best texture.
  • The sauce is easy to make and comes together in just a few minutes. It’s full of flavor and you can use the extra sauce drizzled on veggies as well.
  • This is a good recipe for busy weeknights when you don’t want to prep a lot of ingredients.
  • Skip the sauce and make the tofu alone with this tried-and-true method. You can add it to Buddha bowls or salads. Or, mix with your favorite store-bought sauce.
  • The sweet and salty sauce is made with maple syrup, and there are no refined sugars added to this recipe.

How to make air fryer teriyaki tofu

Drain and press tofu for at least 30 minutes. You can use a tofu press, or a cutting board with weight or a heavy object on top of it. I use a cast iron pan between two cutting boards.

As the tofu is pressing, make your marinade. Combine 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce along with 2 tsp rice vinegar and 1/2 tsp powdered ginger.

After the tofu is pressed and drained,  cut tofu into 1-inch cubes and marinate for 30 minutes ( or overnight in refrigerator ). Use a sealed bag, bowl, or container.

teriyaki tofu marinade

When you are ready to cook the tofu, toss the cubes gently in 2-4 Tbsp. of corn starch until evenly coated. Be careful as tofu is delicate and can break easily.

Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray of choice or a thin layer of olive oil. Air fry tofu in a single layer at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes until golden brown, shaking basket halfway through. Depending on the type of air fryer you have, parchment paper can also help prevent sticking. Cooking time can also vary.

air fryer tofu


As tofu is cooking, you can make your sauce.

How to make teriyaki sauce for tofu:

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, using a whisk to continuously stir. This sauce cooks and thickens very quickly! So, be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Continuously whisk until the sauce begins to thicken a bit (4-5 minutes), and then remove from heat and let cool. 

teriyaki tofu sauce

Toss tofu with sauce and serve over rice and veggies.

Recipe tips

  • For the best results, use extra firm tofu and be sure excess water is drained.
  • You can substitute the fresh garlic for garlic powder. However, I find the flavor is much better with freshly minced garlic.
  • I use maple syrup as the sweetener in this recipe. But, you can also use brown sugar or honey.
  • Serve over white rice, fresh jasmine rice or veggies. 
  • Liquid aminos can also be used in place of the soy sauce. I prefer to use low sodium, but you can use regular.
  • Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds, or a drizzle of sesame oil.
air fryer teriyaki tofu

Storage and make-ahead instructions

If you’re looking to make this meal ahead of time, you can prep and marinate the tofu overnight and then air fry it the day of cooking. You can also make the sauce in advance. Store this dish (sauce and tofu separate) in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. The tofu will also benefit from being re-heated in the air fryer to bring some crispy texture back to it.

I hope you enjoy this crispy air fryer tofu recipe. I’ve used this cooking method for frying up tofu many times, and I find the results are always great. Homemade teriyaki sauce is so versatile, and it tastes much better than store bought. If you have any tofu skeptics in your friends or family group, try making this crispy tofu recipe. They’ll soon be converted to tofu lovers!

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Air Fryer Teriyaki Tofu (Easy, Healthy Recipe)

air fryer teriyaki tofu
This is my favorite recipe for air fryer teriyaki tofu. It's easy to prepare and tastes better than takeout.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Serving Size 4 people

Ingredients

Marinade

  • ¼ cup soy sauce I use low sodium but you can use regular
  • 2 tsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp powdered ginger or 1 Tbsp. fresh

Air fryer tofu

  • 1 package extra firm tofu
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch (for coating tofu)

Teriyaki sauce

  • ½ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp hot sauce or chili garlic sauce
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 4 tsp cornstarch (to thicken sauce)

Instructions

  • Drain and press tofu for at least 30 minutes using a tofu press or place it between two cutting boards with a heavy object on top (like a cast iron pan).
  • While the tofu presses, make your marinade by mixing 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce, 2 tsp rice vinegar, and 1/2 tsp powdered ginger together in a bowl.
  • Cut the pressed tofu into 1-inch cubes and marinate in the mixture for 30 minutes (or overnight in the refrigerator) in a sealed bag or container.
  • Gently toss the tofu cubes in 2-4 Tbsp of cornstarch until evenly coated.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or a thin layer of olive oil.
  • Air fry the tofu at 375°F for about 15 minutes until golden brown, shaking the basket halfway through.
  • While the tofu cooks, make the sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together all sauce ingredients.
  • Continuously whisk for 5 minutes over medium heat until the sauce thickens. This happens very quickly, so keep an eye on it so it does not burn! Remove from heat and allow the sauce to thicken a bit more as it cools.
  • Toss the cooked tofu with the sauce and serve over rice and veggies.
Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2018mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 2mg

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