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Sticky Garlic Tofu

30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
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Sticky Garlic Tofu

30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time

Inspired by garlic soy Korean fried chicken, this dish features meaty bite-sized tofu that is air-fried to crispy perfection then coated in a sticky garlic soy sauce. Yum!

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Ingredients (4 servings)

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Tofu
750g extra firm tofu
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
130g cornstarch
-Cooking spray
Sticky garlic soy sauce
4 tbsp monk fruit erythritol sweetener
4 tbsp light soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 tbsp water
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cornstarch
  1. Press tofu for 30 minutes, then pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. Tear into bite sized pieces using your hands, then pat dry again.
  2. Preheat air fryer to 420°F / 220°C.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper and cornstarch. Add tofu pieces and toss until each piece is evenly coated.
  4. Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray. Then, spread tofu pieces in a single layer in basket, and spray tofu lightly with cooking spray.
  5. Air fry for 8-10 minutes or until tofu pieces are golden and crispy.
  6. Meanwhile, make the sauce by whisking all the sauce ingredients in a bowl until combined.
  7. Heat up the sauce in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened and glossy. Remove from heat immediately and let it cool. If it thickens too much too quickly, simply thin it out by whisking in a splash of water.
  8. When tofu pieces are done, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle sticky garlic soy sauce all over and toss to coat each piece evenly. Garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes
  • Serve these sticky garlic tofu bites as a finger-licking good snack or appetizer, or have them with rice and steamed vegetables as a main meal.
  • Cooking time may vary depending on your air fryer.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you may bake the tofu pieces in the oven at 400°F / 200°C for 15-18 minutes, flipping once halfway.
  • Feel free to substitute monkfruit erythritol sweetener with any other sweetener of choice. If you use a liquid sweetener, decrease the amount of water accordingly.