white plate with cubes of air fried tofu with a ginger soy marinade, sesame seeds, and green oniones.

This air fryer recipe for crispy tofu nuggets is both vegan and gluten free. It’s perfectly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and has the MOST mouthwatering ginger soy marinade. Let’s make some crispy, delicious tofu in the air fryer!

I’ve been having so much fun playing around with my air fryer. I made these chicken thighs (omg so juicy and amazing) and have been working on some other appetizers but I really wanted to make a vegetarian main dish.

close up pictures of crispy tofu cubes with a ginger soy marinade.

Since tofu has always been a a weeknight favorite for us, I really wanted to make a recipe that was hands down the best tofu ever. Not only that, but I wanted to take it up a notch and make it even better than takeout.

So this tofu is crispity crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and has the most mouthwatering sauce, I can’t even deal. Plus it’s the easiest to prep! Shake the tofu ingredients, fry them up. Do some whisking when you’re frying. Basically done.

More Yummy Air Fryer Recipes to Try:

air fryer basket with crispy cubes of tofu inside.

How to Cook Tofu in the Air Fryer:

  1. Cut the tofu in slices.
  2. Lay the tofu in the center of a clean thin dishtowel and gently press to remove excess moisture.
  3. Cut the sliced into 8 squares.
  4. Place the squares in a large bowl or a large ziploc bag.
  5. Add the arrowroot flour, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and salt.
  6. Toss or close and shake the bag until the tofu is completely coated.
  7. Spray the basket of the air fryer with avocado oil spray and place the cubes in a single layer.
  8. Spray the tops of the tofu with avocado spray.
  9. Set the air fryer at 350F for 10 minutes.
  10. After the 10 minutes, use a spatula to toss the tofu.
  11. Arrange the tofu back in a single layer across the basket and cook for another 15 minutes at 350F.
  12. When the tofu is done frying, toss with the marinade sauce.
  13. Plate the tofu, drizzle with any sauce remaining in the bowl.
  14. Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds and chopped scallion.

clear bowl filled with crispy cubes of tofu, a soy marinade sauce and sesame seeds.

Recipe for Gingery Soy Tofu Marinade:

  1. Whisk together the tamari (soy sauce also works), coconut sugar (brown sugar works), agave nectar (honey or maple syrup are also great options), avocado oil, grated ginger, garlic powder, ground pepper and sesame seeds in a large bowl.
  2. When tofu is done frying, toss in this sauce.

Wondering what to eat this with? Try it on some simple white rice or turmeric cauliflower rice! You can also throw it on top of a salad like this chopped Thai kale salad. I love popping these tofu cubes as is, but they’d also be delicious on top of some noodles or sweet potato noodles!!

close up of crispy tofu cubes in a soy marinade sauce on a white plate.

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Crispy Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets with Ginger Soy Marinade

  • Author: Lindsay Grimes Freedman
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This air fryer recipe for tofu nuggets is perfectly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and has the MOST mouthwatering ginger soy marinade


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Ingredients

Tofu:

  • 14 oz. extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • avocado oil spray

Gingery Soy Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (honey or maple syrup works)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 12 cloves garlic)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 scallion, chopped for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut the tofu in slices. Lay the tofu in the center of a clean thin dishtowel and gentle press to remove excess moisture. Cut the rectangles into 8 squares.
  2. Place the squares in a large bowl or a large ziploc bag. Add the arrowroot flour, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and salt. Toss or close and shake the bag until the tofu is completely coated.
  3. Spray the basket of the air fryer and place the cubes in a single layer. Spray the tops of the tofu with avocado spray. Set the air fryer at 350F for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, use a spatula to toss the tofu. Arrange back in a single layer across the basket and cook for another 15 minutes at 350F.
  4. While the tofu is frying, whisk together the tamari, coconut sugar, agave nectar, avocado oil, grated ginger, garlic powder, ground pepper and sesame seeds in a large bowl.
  5. When the tofu is done frying. place in the bowl with the sauce and toss.
  6. Plate the tofu, drizzle with any sauce remaining in the bowl. Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds and chopped scallion.

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Enjoy!! xo

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