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Air Fryer Panko Tofu

Light, crispy, and crunchy Air Fryer Panko Tofu. The 15-minute, Korean-inspired dish that's sure to make dinnertime exciting!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Fusion Food
Keyword: Air Fryer, Tofu
Servings: 4 as side
Author: The Subversive Table | Lis Lam

Equipment

  • Air Fryer (I use the Cosori 5.8L)
  • Oil Spray

Ingredients

Panko Tofu

  • 1 block firm or extra-firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup potato starch (corn starch also works) (plus a little more if you run short at the end)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs (plus a little more if you run short at the end)
  • 1 large egg, beaten well

Yangneom Jang

  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar (white vinegar also works)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Gochukaru (Korean chili flakes)
  • 1 green onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Garnish:

  • 2 green onions, finely diced
  • 1 red fresno chili pepper, finely diced(jalapeno also works)

Instructions

  • Pre-heat Air Fryer. Meanwhile, drain tofu and cut into 1x2 inch cubes. I make a 4x4 grid (16 pieces) directly into the tofu block. The tofu should be 2 inches deep.
    firm tofu block cut into squares
  • Set up a dredging station with 3 bowls. Fill each bowl with 1) potato starch + salt (whisked together), 2) panko, and 3) beaten egg. Start dredging: Dip tofu blocks carefully into the potato starch. Then dip into the egg wash. Then coat with the panko. Make sure all sides are coated.
    dredging bowls for air fryer panko tofu
  • When all the tofu cubes are dredged, spray all over with vegetable oil. I use an aerosol oil spray. There's no need to spray the bottom of the tofu.
    plate of dredged tofu blocks
  • Carefully place tofu in the Air Fryer. Make sure there's a little space between each tofu block; they should not touch each other! Cook at 400F for 10 minutes.
  • While the tofu cooks, make the sauce (Yangneom Jang). Add all ingredients in a small bowl and mix. Also, prep the garnish by finely slicing green onions and red Fresno chili pepper.
  • When the tofu has finished cooking, remove from the Air Fryer and arrange on a plate. Garnish with green onion and red chili pepper. Serve with sauce. Enjoy!
    plate of air fryer tofu with yangneom jeon, Korean dipping sauce

Notes

*Air Fryer Panko Tofu tastes best hot. If the tofu get cold, reheat in the Air Fryer at 400F for 1-2 minutes.
**Amazingly, Air Fryer Panko Tofu stays crispy and crunchy for several days. But don't drizzle the sauce over the tofu until you're ready to eat! Leftovers, drizzled in sauce, get soggy. Instead, serve the sauce on the side and the tofu should keep their texture.