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Bowl of crispy tofu fries made in the air fryer with yellow mustard.

Crispy Tofu Fries (in the Air Fryer)

French fries made from tofu? Oh yes! These protein-filled plant-powered tofu fries are all the best of classic fries, plus so much more. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and crusted with a crispy savory nutritional yeast coasting. Get your air fryer ready, because once you try these, you'll be making them a lot.
Course Appetizer, Appetizer or Snack, Snack
Cuisine Amercan
Keyword air fryer tofu, easy fries
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 120kcal



  • 1 block tofu super-firm or extra-firm (the kind in a vacuum-sealed package)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast


  • Open and drain the block of super-firm (or extra-firm) tofu and pat dry with a towel. Using a sharp knife, slice into fry shapes (see video for instructions). Place tofu fries in a mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle on the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and toasted sesame oil and mix until evenly coated.
  • Add corn starch and mix until evenly coated.
  • Add nutritional yeast and gently mix until all tofu is fully and evenly coated. It's okay if there are some loose nutritional yeast flakes at the bottom of the bowl.
  • In an air fryer basket, spread tofu fries evenly in a single layer (not touching) and cook for 20 minutes at 390° F, pausing to shake the fries twice during this time. Note: every air fryer is a little different—some require preheating, others don't—so keep a close eye to get your perfect fry.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!



These air fryer tofu fries are best enjoyed fresh, soon after making them. If you have leftovers, store in an air-tight container and reheat in the air fryer again when you're ready to enjoy them! 


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1mg