Are you looking to add some spice and flavor to your dinner routine? Introduce a delicious, plant-based twist to classic Indian fare with this Air Fryer Curry Tofu.

Air Fryer Curry Tofu

While it’s full of flavor from the curry powder and spices, it remains simple enough for anyone in the kitchen, whether seasoned or novice. Crisp on the outside yet tender on the inside, this air fryer tofu is one dish that won’t disappoint! Get ready for an easy weeknight meal everyone will love.

My son’s college features Indian Food, and one of his favorites is Curry Tofu, so while he was home on winter break, I made him an Indian Feast in my air fryer, including Air Fryer Chicken Tikka Masala and Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, and of course, the star of our dinner, was this curried tofu, infused with flavor!

Why You Will Love Making Tofu In The Air Fryer

If you have been looking for a great recipe for Meatless Monday or want to know how to cook tofu in the air fryer, you will love it. I looking to cook tofu in the air fryer for several reasons, including:

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Curry Tofu

Air Fryer Curry Tofu is the perfect way to enjoy a delicious and health-conscious meal. Using the air fryer in combination with simple, flavorful ingredients lets you create a meal that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! It’s quick enough for even weeknights but full of flavor with just the right balance of spices. All you need are a few basic pantry staples, and you’ll have dinner ready in no time! Let’s find out which ingredients will give this vegan curry tofu dish its irresistible taste.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Curry Tofu

Remember the step-by-step directions below in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Tofu: For best results, use extra firm tofu.
  • Oil: Any high-heat oil, such as sesame oil, olive oil, or coconut oil, will work for this recipe.
  • Soy Sauce: You can use liquid aminos, or low-sodium (Gluten-Free) Soy Sauce
  • Onions: Use yellow or white onion that has been finely diced.
  • Tomato Paste: Make sure you use tomato paste, not tomato sauce, as the sauce will not thicken.
  • Diced Tomatoes: Canned tomatoes that have been drained.
  • Greek Yogurt: For the Curry Sauce
  • Seasonings and Spices: Fresh Ginger, Minced Garlic Curry Powder, Bay Leaf, Kosher Salt, Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander, Cayenne Pepper, Ground Cloves

How To Air Fryer Tofu

If you love the flavor of curry but are looking for a healthier way to enjoy it, curry tofu in an air fryer is just the thing. Not only does this recipe offer a delicious and flavorful meal without compromising on nutrition, but it also uses minimal ingredients and comes together in no time. Made with just simple spices and ingredients you probably already have lying around your kitchen, this dish is sure to become one of your go-to weeknight meals! Ready to give it a try? Read on for our easy step-by-step guide on cooking curry tofu, Air Fryer!

How To Cook Curry Tofu In Air Fryer

Step One: Remove Most Of The Liquid from The Tofu

This step will help you get a crispy batch of tofu from the air fryer. Do not skip!

Place your tofu onto a cutting board, and then place a heavy skillet on top of the tofu. Leave for about 10 minutes.

Step Two: Season Your Tofu

Add your diced tofu, sesame oil, soy sauce, and diced onion in a large bowl, and add all your seasonings and spices. Toss well to coat.

Step Three: Air Fry Your Curry Tofu

Add the coated tofu to the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space around the tofu for the hot air to circulate around the tofu, which will help it crisp up.

Set the cooking temperature to 400 degrees F, and set the cooking time for 8-10 minutes; shake the basket frequently as it cooks up!

How To Cook Curry Tofu In Air Fryer

Step Four: Make The Curry Sauce

In a small saucepan, add the Greek Yogurt, Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, and water, simmer over medium-high heat, and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.

Step Five: Serving

Toss the cooked tofu with the sauce, and serve over rice (optional)

How To Cook Curry Tofu In Air Fryer

Frequently Asked Questions

What Type Of Tofu Is The Best To Air Fry?

Regarding air frying tofu, firm and extra-firm varieties are the best options. Unlike softer tofu, they won’t break apart in the air fryer and become a soggy mess. Firm and extra-firm tofu also hold their shape better than softer varieties after being cooked.

Silken tofu should generally be avoided when air frying, as its texture, is too soft, and it will easily fall apart. Silken tofu works best in recipes that involve blendings, like dips or smoothies.

How To Remove Moisture In Tofu

Removing moisture from tofu is essential for any recipe; this step will get your tofu crispy in the air fryer.

The heavy skillet method is a simple and effective way to do this. Start by placing your tofu on a flat surface or cutting board, then place a heavy skillet on top of the tofu. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Storage Tips

To Store: Let the tofu cool to room te, feature, and then place it into an airtight container. The tofu will last for 2-4 days in the refrigerator.

Reheat Tofu In Air Fryer: Place the tofu into the air fryer and set the temperature to 350 degrees F for 4-6 minutes or until the tofu is warm.

To Freeze: Let the tofu cool to room temperature and then place it into a freezer-safe container. The tofu will last in the freezer for 2-3 months. You can air fry the frozen tofu or defrost it in the refrigerator overnight.

More Air Fryer Recipes

Air Fryer Curry Tofu

This delicious air fryer curry tofu is the perfect meal to whip up in no time. Curry may seem intimidating, but with the right ingredients and patience, making a flavorful-yet-healthy plate of food is relatively easy.

The air fryer makes the job even simpler, and you can enjoy your crispy and spicy creation without worrying about too much oil or mess. And if you have any leftovers, don’t forget that reheated curry tofu tastes fantastic too! So, why not treat yourself or your family today and get cooking? You won’t be disappointed. Have fun exploring all the possibilities this recipe offers and creating an array of tasty meals using a variety of herbs and spices!

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Air Fryer Curry Tofu in Bowl

Air Fryer Curry Tofu

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings

Description

Are you looking to add some spice and flavor to your dinner routine? Introduce a delicious, plant-based twist to classic Indian fare with this Air Fryer Curry Tofu.

Ingredients 

Curry Tofu:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu, pressed dry
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Curry Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes, canned
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Place your tofu onto a cutting board, and then place a heavy skillet on top of the tofu. Leave for about 10 minutes.
  • Add your diced tofu, sesame oil, soy sauce, and diced onion in a large bowl, and add all your seasonings and spices. Toss well to coat.
  • Add the coated tofu to the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space around the tofu for the hot air to circulate around the tofu, which will help it crisp up.
  • Set the cooking temperature to 400 degrees F, and set the cooking time for 8-10 minutes; shake the basket frequently as it cooks up!
  • In a small saucepan, add the Greek Yogurt, Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, and water, simmer over medium-high heat, and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
  • Toss the cooked tofu with the sauce, and serve over rice (optional)

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 10gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 778mgPotassium: 374mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 173IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 2mg

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