These flavorful nuggets are made from firm tofu, marinated in soy sauce, and coated in a delightful blend of seasonings and cornstarch. Air-fried to golden perfection, each bite boasts a satisfying crunch on the outside and a tender, protein-rich center. Whether served as a delightful appetizer, a scrumptious snack, or a delightful addition to salads and bowls, these vegan tofu bites are sure to win hearts with their delectable taste and guilt-free indulgence. Enjoy the ease and wholesome goodness of these plant-based treats made effortlessly in the air fryer.
- 1 block of firm or extra-firm tofu (14-16 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional, for added flavor)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
- Cooking spray or olive oil, for greasing
- Press the Tofu: Drain the tofu and wrap it in a clean kitchen towel or several layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top (like a cutting board or a plate with some weight) to press out excess water from the tofu. Let it press for about 15-20 minutes.
- Prepare the Coating: In the EaZy MealZ Air Fry Crisper Basket, mix together the cornstarch, nutritional yeast (if using), garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. This will be the coating mixture for the tofu nuggets.
- Cut the Tofu: Unwrap the pressed tofu and cut it into bite-sized nuggets or cubes.
- Marinate the Tofu: Place the tofu nuggets in a separate bowl and drizzle the soy sauce or tamari over them, ensuring each piece is coated evenly.
- Coat the Tofu: One by one, dip the marinated tofu nuggets into the coating mixture, making sure each piece is well-coated on all sides.
- Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for a few minutes.
- Grease the Air Fryer Basket: Lightly grease the EaZy MealZ Air Fry Crisper Basket with cooking spray or a brush of olive oil to prevent sticking.
- Air Fry the Tofu: Place the coated tofu nuggets in the EaZy MealZ Air Fry Crisper Basket in a single layer, making sure they are not touching each other. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches.
- Air Fry for 10-15 Minutes: Air fry the tofu nuggets at 375°F (190°C) for 10-15 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown. Flip the nuggets halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking.
- Serve: Once the tofu nuggets are cooked to perfection, remove them from the air fryer and serve them warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
These Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets are a fantastic plant-based alternative to traditional chicken nuggets, offering a crispy and flavorful delight. Enjoy them as a tasty appetizer, a protein-packed snack, or add them to salads and bowls for a wholesome meal.
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