Want to learn how to make the perfect air fryer tofu? You are in the right place. In this post, I will show you exactly what you need to do, the temperature and the time.
Whether you are a staunch supporter of tofu or whether it is the first time you are cooking it, one thing is for sure…there is no food that evokes so much debate.
There are some people that think it was made by the devil himself…they hate it that much. For others, it is a godsend that is nothing short of amazing.
Let’s get something straight…tofu is real food. Tofu is a vegetable, a plant-based food that is processed into a form that you are familiar with. Put simply, Tofu is soy milk that is coagulated into curds. It is then pressed into a block.
There is a double standard when it comes to tofu, which when you consider it, is a little bizarre. People think that tofu looks strange…often by meat eaters. That’s right…people who eat meat…a dead animal, think that this plant food is weird.
Meat eaters don’t really consider this. They simply see the delicious dishes in front of them which, done well, look beautiful. Therefore, the criticism of tofu is a little rich when, more often than not, they are describing the raw food.
If you see tofu that has been cooked, it looks delicious. Whether it has been seared, grilled, baked or even as I will describe, air fryer tofu, it is very appetising to look at.
How to make air fryer tofu
There are a few different ways in which you can make air fryer tofu. This is the method I normally use. However, it can be improved if you have more time on your hands. Firstly, freeze it first…it gives it a denser consistency. I would also recommend that you marinate it for much longer, overnight preferably. It will really make a difference to the taste at the end.
This is the method i use to make air fryer tofu;
- Cut extra firm tofu into small chunks
- Add two tablespoons of soy sauce, one teaspoon of rice vinegar and two teaspoons of toasted sesame oil. Mix well and leave to marinate for 30 minutes
- Add one tablespoon of corn starch and coat thoroughly
- Place into basket of preheated air fryer. 370F for 20 minutes.
- Your air fryer tofu is ready to serve
For those considering tofu in air fryer for the first time…consider this
There are plenty of benefits of eating tofu…even if you only do so every now and then. Tofu is exceptionally low in calories so is perfect as a meat substitute. It is also naturally gluten free and it is a brilliant source of calcium and iron. Add into the fact that it contains no cholesterol, tofu is definitely worth getting into.
Mistakes people make – tips to make better tofu air fryer
Cut smaller chunks
To get the maximum taste and flavor from your tofu, it is better to cut it into small chunks. People have the habit of cutting large chunks, which is not great to eat. This is especially true of sandwiches; big chunks will not taste great. Consider slicing thin strips instead, it really makes a difference.
Buy the right kind of tofu
Tofu comes in a variety of textures that suit different needs. It can be soft, firm, very firm and extra firm. Make sure you buy the correct one based on the texture you want. For example, soft tofu will not be firm to eat nor will it be chewy.
Consider freezing it
If you want your air fryer tofu to have a denser consistency and be chewier, put it into the freezer first.
Season and marinate air fryer tofu
If you simply cook your tofu without seasoning it, you are making a mistake. The biggest sin is not pressing it properly but not seasoning it properly, it’s a close second. This applies to marinating it too. Once you press the water out if tofu, replace it by marinating it. This injects flavour into it. Marinating for as little as half an hour can make a difference…overnight is a complete game changer.
I hear all the time that tofu tastes like this and that. The fact is that tofu tastes…like tofu. Accept it. However, you can marinate it so that it has an essence of chicken or fish. It will NEVER taste like it but it can give you a subtle hint. I have known people to start enjoying tofu when they stopped comparing it to other foods.
Let me know what you think…is there anything you do that makes your air fryer tofu method better? How long do you marinate tofu air fryer?
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