Crispy Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets

Welcome to our new series celebrating the magic that is airfryers – AirFriYAY!

We will be sharing, tips, tricks, recipes and hacks to make the most out of your air fryer, this week we are spotlighting a healthy Vegan recipe that requires little effort and packs a flavourful punch, done in your trusted airfryer in under 30 minutes.

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or simply looking to explore new plant-based options, these crispy airfryer Tofu nuggets are perfect! A savoury, crispy air fried delight to satisfy all your cravings!


  • 1 block (14 ounces or 400g) firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray or oil for spraying


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • Drain the tofu and wrap it in a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. Place a heavy object, such as a cutting board or a plate, on top of the wrapped tofu to press out the excess liquid. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Once the tofu is pressed, cut it into bite-sized nugget shapes.
  • In a shallow dish, combine the nutritional yeast, cornstarch (or arrowroot powder), garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or lightly brush it with oil to prevent sticking.
  • Dip each tofu nugget into the seasoning mixture, pressing gently to adhere the coating. Make sure all sides are coated evenly.
  • Place the coated tofu nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Spray the tofu nuggets with cooking spray or lightly brush them with oil to help them crisp up.
  • Cook the tofu nuggets in the air fryer for 15-20 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning.
  • Check the tofu nuggets for crispiness. They should be golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  • Once cooked, remove the tofu nuggets from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve the crispy air fryer tofu nuggets with your favorite dipping sauce, such as vegan ranch, barbecue sauce, or sweet chili sauce.

Enjoy these flavorful and crispy vegan tofu nuggets made in the air fryer! They make a great appetizer or a tasty addition to salads and wraps.

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