Air Fryer Thai-Style Tofu with Peanut Sauce Recipe by Aileen Clark

Air Fryer Thai-Style Tofu with Peanut Sauce Recipe by Aileen Clark

The best way to cook tofu is in the air fryer. Air fryer tofu comes out crispier than it would by baking or panfrying it, and it cooks quickly. This Thai-inspired recipe combines crispy tofu with a homemade peanut sauce that’s both creamy and spicy. Pair it with some rice noodles for a full meal.

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


CALORIES: 209 | FAT: 13g | SODIUM: 454mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 9g | FIBER: 2g | SUGAR: 3g | PROTEIN: 15g

Serves 4

  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 5 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

1. Cut tofu into 1" cubes and place cubes in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together 4 tablespoons soy sauce, rice vinegar, and maple syrup. Pour sauce over tofu and turn to coat. Refrigerate marinated tofu 20 minutes.

2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, curry powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

3. Preheat air fryer to 380°F.

4. Drain marinade from tofu. Dip each piece of tofu into cornstarch mixture, coating evenly. Set aside.

5. Spray inside of air fryer with olive oil spray. Arrange tofu inside air fryer in an even layer, spaced ½" apart. Air fry 12 minutes, flipping halfway through.

6. In a small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, sesame oil, remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and hot water. Add in garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper. Mix well.

7 Remove tofu from air fryer. Pour peanut sauce over tofu and top with sesame seeds. Serve. 

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