Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets

Introduction: In the realm of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, tofu stands tall as a versatile and protein-packed ingredient. While it’s often used in stir-fries and salads, it can also be transformed into delightful, crispy nuggets that even non-vegetarians will love. Today, I’m excited to share with you my recipe for Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets – a guilt-free, crunchy snack or meal option that’s easy to make and incredibly delicious.


  • 1 block of firm or extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (Panko or regular)
  • Cooking spray or oil for misting


  1. Press the Tofu: Start by pressing the tofu to remove excess moisture. Place the block of tofu between two clean kitchen towels or paper towels, and then place a heavy object, like a cast-iron skillet or a few cans, on top. Let it press for about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Prepare the Marinade: In a shallow dish, whisk together the soy sauce, maple syrup or agave nectar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Cut the Tofu: Once the tofu is pressed, cut it into bite-sized nugget pieces.
  4. Marinate the Tofu: Place the tofu nuggets into the marinade, ensuring each piece is well coated. Let them marinate for at least 15-20 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  5. Coat with Breadcrumbs: In another shallow dish, spread out the breadcrumbs. Take each marinated tofu nugget and coat it evenly with breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere.
  6. Air Fry: Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Place the coated tofu nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they’re not overcrowded. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  7. Cook: Lightly mist the nuggets with cooking spray or brush them with oil. Cook in the air fryer for about 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are golden brown and crispy on all sides.
  8. Serve: Once cooked, remove the tofu nuggets from the air fryer and let them cool for a minute. Serve them hot with your favorite dipping sauce, such as sweet chili sauce, barbecue sauce, or vegan ranch dressing.

Conclusion: With just a few simple ingredients and the magic of the air fryer, you can create crispy, golden-brown tofu nuggets that are sure to satisfy your cravings. Whether you enjoy them as a snack, appetizer, or part of a meal, these Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets are a delicious way to incorporate plant-based protein into your diet. Give this recipe a try and discover the joy of crunchy tofu goodness!