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Crispy tofu on round white plate with red and white striped cloth below

Air Fryer Tofu - with a touch of smoked paprika

How do you air fry tofu? Tofu can be tricky to cook, but don't let that stop you! Air Fryer Tofu is a delicious recipe and a simple method for getting a crunchy outside and a soft inside for all your airfryer tofu bites.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer tofu
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 74kcal
Author Cindy Gordon (Vegetarian Mamma)



  • Press your tofu to help remove extra liquid.
  • After pressing the tofu, cut into squares or little bite sized pieces.
  • Mix the cornstarch and smoked paprika together then sprinkle over tofu.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Put into Air Fryer basket.
  • Set temperature for 370 Degrees F. Turn on the Air Fryer for 12 minutes. (You may need to add a few minutes if you like crisper tofu) Your air fryer tofu is almost ready!
  • Every 4 minutes remove the air fryer basket and "shake" to stir up the tofu. Every air fryer is different, be sure to monitor how it is cooking.
  • Enjoy your air fryer tofu!


Based upon reader comment it seems that Air Fryers out there are varying widely and that is affecting this recipe.
*If your tofu is not crisping, consider adding time to your cook time. Just add in small amounts and remember to shake*
*If you are getting a chalky feeling to your tofu, be sure you are pressing the tofu for at least 10 minutes before hand in a tofu press. Then you can also lessen the amount of corn starch :)*
*You can also SPRAY a small amount of oil onto the tofu when you are shaking it mid way through. This will HELP your tofu to crisp up and get rid of any extra corn starch!*
Pro Tip: If you feel that your tofu is not crispy enough OR if the cornstarch is powdery you can spray the tofu with a spray oil in the that minute and that will fix the problem!
Side note: If you are in the market for an air fryer, I recently created a post about the best air fryers on the market. The post is based off of reviews from friends, family and online consumers! Be sure to check out the best air fryers on the market!

Air Fryer Tofu Tips:

  • Be sure to press your tofu before adding your cornstarch and paprika.
  • Be sure to coat your tofu on all sides so it cooks evenly.
  • Be sure that you are using a firm or extra firm tofu for this recipe.
  • Be sure to "shake" your air fryer basket during the cooking so that your tofu turns and cooks on all sides.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 192mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.5mg