Vegan Air-Fried Tofu Nuggets (oil-free)

Hi beautiful friends!

I have an amazing new recipe for you all for vegan air-fried tofu nuggets. They’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and literally are the yummiest way to enjoy a block of tofu.

To be honest, tofu was never really my favorite food….it’s always mushy, flavorless and boring. HOWEVER, I recently got an air-fryer and decided to make tofu in it. You guys, I am not kidding when I say my life is forever changed.

As a 5-year vegan veteran, I can now say that tofu has become one of my favorite foods. All you have to do is coat it in spices then make it in the air-fryer. THAT’S IT.

The best part is that it only takes 10 minutes.

Don’t have an air-fryer? Don’t worry! Scroll down to the instructions and see the directions for oven instead of air-fryer.

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Add the tofu to a bag with all of the spices and then shake it up til all of the tofu is evenly coated. If you don’t want to be wasteful like I admittedly was here, just use a bowl to mix the tofu with the spices.

Smoked paprika is a key spice here because it gives the nuggets so much flavor! But, if you’re making the nuggets for picky kids just omit it.

Add the vegan tofu nuggets to the air fryer or to a baking sheet with parchment then cook in air fryer for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F, OR bake in the oven for 15 minutes on each side.

Shake halfway through in the air fryer to prevent burning.

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OMG! Vegan air-fried tofu nuggets are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – but not mushy AT ALL. Tofu is filled with protein and healthy fats which is great for keeping you full longer and especially great if you need a post-workout meal that’s packed with #plantprotein.

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I am obsessed with the organic ketchup from Trader Joe’s because it doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup. Dip your vegan air-fried tofu nuggets in ketchup and it’s 100 times better.

Feel free to also dip in mustard, spicy vegan mayo, chipotle mayo, hot sauce, buffalo sauce or barbecue sauce – honestly the possibilities are endless (yay!).

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Vegan Air-Fried Tofu Nugget Questions:

  1. My kids are super picky, will they like these?! Omg yes! Give them these with ketchup and you can forget the chicken tenders.
  2. I don’t have an air-fryer but want to get one is there a brand you recommend? YES! My air-fryer is Cosori and it’s the bomb.
  3. Do I have to press my tofu before? Yes. Make sure to get as much moisture out as possible. I use the high-protein tofu from Trader Joe’s because it doesn’t have a lot of moisture.
  4. Can I dip it in something besides ketchup? For sure. Barbecue sauce or hot sauce would be amazing too!
  5. Do these make good leftovers? Honestly, these are best eaten fresh from the oven or air-fryer as they will get soggy in the fridge.

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Vegan Air-Fried Tofu Nuggets

Crispy on the outside

Soft on the inside

Not mushy






Vegan Air Fried Tofu Nuggets

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Vegan Air-Fried Tofu Nuggets (oil-free)

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and perfect for dipping. Make in the air fryer or in the oven at a high temperature.
serving 5 servings
cook time 10 minutes
total time 10 minutes

the ingredients

  • 1 block high protein tofu or VERY firm pressed and drained
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • ketchup for dipping or other condiment of choice


  • Cut the tofu into bite size cubes and then use a bowl or bag and shake it with the spices.
  • Add into the air fryer and cook for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees F, shaking halfway through. For the oven route, bake at 475 on a baking sheet with parchment for 15 minutes on each side or until desired crispiness.
  • Serve with dipping sauce and enjoy fresh!

In good health,


Danielle Brown

Hi! I’m Danielle Brown, the face behind HealthyGirl Kitchen! I share easy, approachable plant-based recipes that are not only healthy but taste amazing. Follow me on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook for free vegan meal ideas, recipes and healthygirl tips.

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  1. Harriet Davis says:

    Hi, does this store well in the refrigerator?

    1. Danielle Keith says:

      They’re best eaten fresh.

  2. **** says:

    Great texture but a little bland for me. Would marinating first before seasoning add more flavor?4 stars

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  4. Shellie says:

    Delicious! So quick and easy. Thanks Danielle.5 stars

  5. Linnea Quigley says:

    Sounds great!

  6. Erin T. says:

    Oh. My. Gosh, air fryer tofu is delicious!!! I added much more of each spice, especially the paprika that I adore, but the crunchy outside after just 15 minutes without adding any oil is fantastic!5 stars

  7. Alicia M says:

    LOVE this spice combo on tofu! The smoked paprika makes all the difference. Dipped the bites in a similarly spicy and slightly sweet BBQ. So good and the crispy texture was better than most of recipes I have tried.5 stars

  8. bryant snedeker says:

    Hi Danielle
    I recently found a recipe for sweet and sour tofu(before finding your site) and want to make according to recipe. I’m looking for way to do air frying tofu after doing the way recipe calls for which is in nonstick pan. How would you suggest to do in air fryer (am considering actually getting one for future use)?

    1. Taylor says:

      Hi! Taylor from team HealthyGirl here!
      If you are air frying tofu you can use a little olive oil on the tofu or parchment paper in the air fryer to cook. Shake up the tofu about half way through cooking.