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Tofu is one of the most versatile foods out there. It’s packed with protein and is naturally cholesterol-free. There are many different ways to eat tofu, but we think the best way is by making it in the air fryer. Deep frying tofu can be a little tricky, but with our tips and tricks you’ll be an expert in no time!
Add it to salads, soups, and stir-fries for an extra dose of protein or use it as a healthy replacement for processed foods like chicken fingers or fish sticks. Try these deep fried tofu recipes to get started on your own experiments with this amazing vegan food!
What is Deep Fried Tofu?
Deep fried tofu is a dish made by immersing cubes or strips of tofu in a hot oil bath. This gives the tofu a crispy outside and a soft inside, which is great for using with all sorts of cuisines, from Chinese to Vietnamese and beyond. The tofu is then normally served with different sauces or in a broth.
Deep fried tofu is a popular street food in Asia and other places. It’s often served alongside other fried foods, like spring rolls and dumplings. You may also see it served with rice and vegetables.
Deep fried tofu is especially popular in Japan, where it’s often served with a delicious dipping sauce. It’s also common in Chinese cuisine, where it’s known as “豆花” (dòu huā) or “豆沙” (dòu shā).
How to Make Air Fryer Deep Fried Tofu
To make deep fried tofu in the air fryer, start by pressing the tofu. We recommend using firm or extra firm tofu for this recipe. Weigh the tofu and then place it between two plates, with a heavy object (like a bottle of water or a book) on top to press the water out of the tofu. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes between plates.
This is crucial because if you don’t press the tofu first, it will spatter oil everywhere and you’ll have a big mess on your hands! We recommend doing this while you prep your other ingredients. Next, toss the tofu cubes in cornstarch. This will help the tofu get a nice crust on the outside when you fry it. You can use a dinner plate to do this.
Finally, heat your air fryer to 350°F, place the tofu cubes on a baking sheet, and cook for 15 minutes. You can flip the tofu about halfway through the cooking process for even cooking. Let the tofu sit for 2 minutes before serving.
Air Fryer Crispy Tofu Shrimp
Source: Healthful Pursuit There are many ways to make classic deep fried prawns (or shrimp) in the air fryer, but this recipe is special because it replaces the prawns with crispy tofu!
We recommend using extra firm tofu for this recipe, but you can use firm tofu if you like. The tofu has a texture that’s similar to prawns, and when it’s battered and fried, it gets a crisp shell with a soft inside. It’s the perfect replacement for prawns in this classic dish.
For this recipe, you’ll need: – 1 cup of all-purpose flour – 1 cup of cornstarch – 1/4 cup of water – 1 tsp of salt – 1 tsp of ground black pepper – 3 cups of panko breadcrumbs – 1 cup of cold water – 1/4 cup of soy sauce – 2 tsp of ground cayenne pepper – 3 tbsp of sesame oil – 15 oz of extra firm tofu How to make it:
First, mix the flour, cornstarch, salt, and black pepper together in one bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the panko breadcrumbs, 1 cup of cold water, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and sesame oil.
Cut the tofu into prawn-shaped pieces, and then coat each piece in the flour mixture and then the panko mixture. Place each piece on a baking sheet, and then place the baking sheet in the air fryer. Cook the tofu for 20 minutes at 390°F.
Air Fryer Chick’n Scramble
Source: The Spicy RD If you’re craving a classic chicken and egg breakfast, but you don’t want to fry real chicken, this air fryer chick’n scramble is for you. This recipe uses tofu, which makes a great alternative. Make sure you use extra firm tofu for this recipe, or else it will get too soggy and fall apart.
Cut the tofu into small cubes and mix it with eggs, bell pepper, and spices. You can serve this with toast or on its own with a side of fruit.
For this recipe, you’ll need: – 14 oz of extra firm tofu – 1/4 cup of diced bell pepper – 3/4 cup of milk – 1/4 cup of flour – 1 tsp of paprika – 1/2 tsp of garlic powder – 1/2 tsp of salt – 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper – 1 tbsp of vegetable oil – 1/2 tsp of turmeric – 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper – 1/2 tsp of ground coriander – 1/2 tsp of mustard powder – 1/2 tsp of lemon zest – 1/2 tsp of ground ginger – 1/2 tsp of cumin – 3 tbsp of whisked eggs
How to make it: First, cut the tofu into small cubes and mix it with the bell pepper and spices. Then, whisk together the eggs, milk, and flour until you have a smooth mixture.
Heat the oil in the air fryer, and then add the tofu and pepper mixture and cook for about 10 minutes at 360°F. After the tofu is cooked, whisk the egg mixture, pour it into the air fryer, and cook for about 10 minutes more.
Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets
Source: The Woks of Life If you’re craving chicken nuggets, but you don’t want to eat the processed version (or you’re vegetarian), this tofu nugget recipe is perfect. These nuggets are crispy on the outside and soft inside, just like the real thing.
Make sure you use extra firm tofu, as firm tofu will fall apart in this recipe. You can serve these nuggets with a side of dipping sauce, or you can make a full “basket” meal with fries and other sides.
For this recipe, you’ll need: – 14 oz of extra firm tofu – 2 tbsp of cornstarch – 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper – 1/2 tsp of salt – 1/2 tsp of paprika – 1/2 tsp of ground cayenne pepper – 1/2 tsp of garlic powder – 1/2 tsp of ground ginger – 1/2 tsp of ground coriander – 1/2 tsp of turmeric – 1/2 tsp of mustard powder – 1/2 tsp of ground cumin – 1/2 tsp of lemon zest – 1/2 tsp of flour – 1 tbsp of coconut oil or vegetable oil – 1/2 tsp of baking soda – 1/2 cup of buttermilk
How to make it: Start by cutting the tofu into nugget shapes and then transferring those pieces to a dish. In a bowl, mix together the spices. Add the spices to the tofu and mix well.
Let the tofu sit for 10 minutes. While the tofu is marinating, whisk together the buttermilk and flour in a separate
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