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Crispy Air Fryer Tofu Tenders

You don't have to be a vegetarian to drool over these air fryer tofu tenders! Crispy, spicy, and full of flavor, these vegetarian "tenders" are perfect on a salad, in a sandwich, or dipped in honey mustard sauce!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer, Vegetarian
Servings: 2
Calories: 281kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 14 oz tofu extra firm
  • 1/2 cup milk dairy or non-dairy
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne optional
  • cooking spray


  • Press tofu to remove majority of the water. Use either a tofu press or wrap in paper towel and sit something large and heavy on top for 10-15 minutes.
  • Carefully slice the tofu into 8 slices.
  • Combine the milk and cornstarch together. Set aside.
  • Combine the panko, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cinnamon, and cayenne (if using).
  • Dip each tofu tender into the milk and cornstarch mixture, then into the panko mixture. Cover the tofu tender completely with the panko mixture on all sides, gently pressing the coating onto the tofu.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F for 2-3 minutes. Spray each side of the tender with cooking spray, then place into the air fryer basket, being careful to not crowd the tenders.
  • Air fry the tofu tenders for 7 minutes, flip, then continue to cook for another 6-7 minutes until crispy. Repeat with the rest of the tofu tenders if needed.


** All nutrition information is an estimate only. The nutrition information will vary depending on ingredients and amounts actually used in preparations.