Marinated Smoky Tofu
Firm tofu marinated in a savory, smoky sauce and air-fried to crispy perfection. Healthy, gluten-free, 9 ingredients, and packed with plant-based protein! -@ellielikescooking


Prep time 1hr 30mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 3
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  • 1 (14 ounce) block firm tofu
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 clove finely grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes, optional


  • Step 1

    Press the tofu to remove excess moisture. You can either use a tofu press, or create a makeshift tofu press: wrap the tofu in a kitchen towel or paper towel, place in between 2 plates, and place a heavy object (such as a bowl or cutting board) on top of the top plate. Let the tofu sit for at least 30 minutes. Drain.

  • Step 2

    Cut tofu into cubes or strips. Place tofu in a deep dish or ziplock bag for marinating.

  • Step 3

    Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over tofu. Let the tofu marinate at least 1 hour, and flip/gently shake the tofu halfway through to coat all sides.

  • Step 4

    When you're ready to cook the tofu, preheat your air fryer to 350°F and cook 10-15 minutes, shaking halfway through, until crispy and golden.

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