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Air Fryer Chili Garlic Tofu

Air Fryer Chili Garlic Tofu

Air Fryer Chili Garlic Tofu is air fried until crispy and then coated in a spicy, sweet and tangy sauce. Serve over rice or quinoa or make it into a wrap. 

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 165 kcal


  • 1 package super firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch, arrowroot, or tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons swerve or brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions, sliced


  1. Wrap tofu in multiple layers of paper towels. Place a cast iron pan or something heavy on top. Let sit for 30 minutes. Or you can use a tofu press.

  2. Cut tofu into cubes.

  3. Place cornstarch in a large zip top bag. Shake to coat. Remove tofu pieces, shaking off excess and place in a medium bowl. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and gently toss.

  4. Place half the tofu pieces in the Air Fryer basket. Set to 370 for 15 minutes. Halfway through open. If they still look powdery, spray them with a little olive oil. 

    Check after about 12 minutes. The cooking time is just an estimate and can vary based on Air Fryer model and size of cubes and brand of tofu.

  5. Remove tofu from Air Fryer and set aside. Repeat with remaining tofu.

  6. In a nonstick skillet, combine soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, vinegar, sverve, garlic, and ginger. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute.

  7. Add sesame oil and tofu and cook and stir for 1 minute.

  8. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

Recipe Notes

Use gluten-free soy sauce to make this recipe gluten-free.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chili Garlic Tofu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 764mg33%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.