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Spicy Fried Tofu Recipe | Air Fryer Tofu Stir Fry

This spicy Air fryer tofu stir fry recipe is perfect to make as an appetizer for the holidays. The fried tofu is absolutely delicious and takes just under 20 minutes from start to finish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 151kcal


  • Air fryer


  • 400 g Tofu preferably extra firm – 1 package (
  • 1 small Onion chopped
  • 1 small Bell pepper chopped
  • 4 stalks Spring onions / scallions with the greens
  • 2 cloces Garlic chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Chili sauce Adjust based on your tastes
  • 2 tablespoon Corn starch
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Crushed black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Toasted sesame seeds to garnish - optional


  • Drain the tofu well and remove most of the moisture by wrapping it in several paper towels and pressing it down with a weight. Then chop them into small cubes. Add the corn flour, salt and pepper to the chopped tofu and mix it well.

To pan fry the tofu -

  • Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a wok or fry pan and add the tofu in it and shallow fry it until golden brown. Drain it on a paper towel and keep aside.

To air fry the tofu -

  • Spray a thin layer of oil on the tofu and place it in a single layer in the basket of the pre-heated air fryer. Air fry it in 400 F for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Toss the tofu around couple of times in between.
  • In a pan or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add the cubed onions and bell pepper.
  • Now add the spring onions and garlic and fry for a minutes.
  • Add the soy sauce, brown sugar and the chili sauce and mix well.
  • To this add the fried tofu and give it a good toss to combine.
  • Transfer it to a serving platter and garnish with sesame seeds (if using) and serve.


Expert Tips and FAQ's
  • Use firm or extra firm tofu for the best results.
  • Take time to remove as much as moisture from the tofu to get the crisp texture.
  • If pan frying the tofu, make sure to keep flipping the pan evenly brown the tofu on all sides.
  • Serve the Air fryer tofu stir fry right after assembling or else it could get soggy.
  • More vegetables can be added to make it vegetable stir fry with tofu.


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 733mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 699IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg