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Spicy Air-Fried Garlic Tofu

  • Author: Brand New Vegan
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Stir-Fry
  • Method: Air Fryer, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan


Looking for a fast and easy stir-fry? I took last week's sauce and spiced it up a bit for this Spicy Air-Fried Garlic Tofu! And it was TASTY!


Units Scale
  • 12 oz package of extra-firm tofu
  • 3 sticks of green onions
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper (optional)
  • 2 oz shiitake mushrooms (optional)
  • Sauce
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
    • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese cooking wine)
    • 1 tablespoon Gochugaru (Korean chile flakes)
    • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon corn starch (or potato starch, arrowroot, etc)
    • 1/4 cup water


  1. Whisk sauce ingredients together - set aside. 
  2. Press tofu for 10-15 minutes to remove as much moisture as you can, then cut into equal-sized cubes.
  3. Brush cubes with a little soy sauce if desired, then air-fry at 400° for 5-10 minutes, shaking the basket occasionally.   Set aside when done. 
  4. Finely chop the onions reserving some of the green tops for garnish, mince the garlic, and cut the red pepper into strips.  Also clean and chop the mushrooms if you are using them.  
  5. Add the veggies to a saute pan with a little veg broth or water and saute until softened. 
  6. Stir in the sauce and fold in the cooked tofu cubes.
  7. Stir-fry until the sauce has thickened.
  8. Serve over rice and garnish with green onion tops and/or sesame seeds.

Keywords: spicy garlic tofu, air-fried, Korean