Orange Tofu (Air Fryer Recipe)

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Clean orange tofu recipe with pillowy tender middle and caramelized crispy edges tossed in a thick and zesty orange sauce. it could be cooked in the air fryer with out oil, pan fried or oven bake. Make it spicy with a pinch of purple chili or keep it slight on your liking. Vegan, gluten unfastened recipe.

Bursting with orange taste and better than Panda specific, this orange tofu is clearly wholesome and suitable for you, brief and clean to make and ready in 20 minutes.

Orange Tofu (Air Fryer Recipe)
Orange Tofu (Air Fryer Recipe)

A riff on the peanut tofu from the other day however with a completely extraordinary flavor profile. I nevertheless accompanied the primary prep of the tofu, got it flawlessly crispy within the air fryer and tossed it in my home made orange sauce.

A light dusting of tapioca helps the tofu broaden a superbly crisp thin crust with out the want of any oil at all.

Orange Tofu (Air Fryer Recipe)


  • 14 oz block firm tofu, organic non-GMO
  • 1 tbsp tapioca
  • sea salt to taste

Orange Glaze:

  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp almond butter, cashew or walnut
  • 4 inch orange peel
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (or dried red chilis to taste)

Air fry the Tofu:

  1. Drain the tofu and wrap it in a tea towel patting dry as much of the moisture as possible. Place a heavy pan on top and allow to press at room temperature for a couple of hours. 
  2. Use your hands and tear the tofu into irregular 1.5 inch pieces. Sprinkle with the tapioca and a pinch of sea salt and toss to coat well. 
  3. Place the tofu in the air-fryer tray without touching each other. Air fry at 400”F for 14 minutes tossing half way. Do not overcook the tofu or it will dry out too much. Remove it from the air fryer as soon as the time is up even if you aren’t using it right away. (To avoid any crumbs falling in the bottom you can line the tray with parchment paper).

Make the Orange Sauce:

  1. Whisk all the glaze ingredients together until combined. Transfer to a skillet and bring to a simmer. Cook on medium flame until thick and sticky, about two minutes or so. 
  2. Add the air fried tofu to the orange sauce and toss to coat well. Serve over noodles or a bed of rice garnished with the fresh chives, scallions, sesame seeds or extra red chili for heat. 

Oven Method:

  1. Coat the pressed tofu with a light spray of olive oil, a light dusting of tapioca or cornstarch and a good pinch of salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders. Place on a parchment covered baking sheet preferably without touching each other in one single layer. Bake the seasoned tofu in a preheated oven at 400”F for 30 to 35 minutes until golden and crispy to your liking flipping it half way. Toss with the orange glaze and serve.


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