I have been experimenting a lot with using gluten-free flours to make crispy air-fried tofu, and I think I’ve finally nailed it. With just 3 easy-to-find ingredients, you’re just minutes away from the crispiest, oil-free tofu of your life.

Crispy Air Fried Tofu (Gluten-Free and Oil-Free)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 

The best and easiest way to get crispy air-fried tofu without any oil.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Monson Made This
Ingredients
  • 1 block (14 ounces) Firm or Extra Firm Tofu
  • ¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Flour
  • ¼ cup cornmeal, masa, or corn flour
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, or a paper sack.

  2. Drain the tofu from the package, and cut it into 1-inch cubes. Do not dry the tofu. It needs to stay wet.

  3. If you would like to marinate the tofu, do that the night before, I have a couple of recipes for marinades below.

  4. Working in small batches, coat the wet tofu in the flour mixture. Place onto a baking sheet or wire rack to rest. Let your tofu sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until flour mixture has soaked up some liquid, and the surface of the tofu is no longer powdery.

  5. Heat your air-fryer to 400 degrees F. Place the tofu in a single layer in the air fryer, and allow to cook about 20 minutes — flipping or tossing halfway through — or until the tofu is golden and crispy. Work in batches if you cannot fit all of your tofu in a single layer all at once.

  6. Serve immediately with a dipping sauce, in curries, or on top of salads.

Recipe Notes

Note: because there is no oil to block out moisture, the tofu will soften slightly as it sits. Return them to the air-fryer to crisp them up again. 

For the Teriyaki Tofu Marinade (Good for ½ block of tofu)
Author: Monson Made This
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or low-sodium gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • Red pepper flake to taste
  • ½ to ¾ cup veggie broth
Instructions
  1. In a pint-sized jar or small container, combine the Liquid Aminos, maple syrup, and seasonings. Add tofu, and then fill the remainder of the container with veggie broth until the tofu is covered. Allow to marinate 8 hours, or overnight.
For the Savory Tofu Marinade (Good for ½ block of tofu.)
Author: Monson Made This
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or low-sodium gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Red pepper flake to taste
  • ½ to ¾ cup veggie broth
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a pint-sized jar or small container. Make sure the tofu is completely covered with broth. Allow to marinate 8 hours, or overnight.