Chinese Laundry Fried Tofu

Air Fried Tofu


  • Firm tofu 1 piece - diced into 1.5 inch ~ 2 inch cubes
  • Thai chilis, chopped
  • Garlic - minced
  • Scallions - chopped thin
  • Cilantro - chopped to personal preference
  • Chinese Laundry Dan Dan Sauce - 1.5 tbsp or to your liking


Tofu can be fried either in an airfryer, or in a pan. 

For airfrying, simply coat all sides of the tofu cubes in oil, air fry for 12 minutes, or until golden crispy, turn the tofu once in between. 

For pan frying, make sure to season your pan first to avoid sticking by coating the pan while it’s really hot with oil. Pan fry the tofu cubes on all four sides until golden crispy. 

Once the tofu is done, simply throw in the minced garlic, chopped chilis, scallions, and cilantro, add Dan Dan Sauce, and toss everything together! It’s that easy!

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Frequently asked questions

  • What ingredients do I need for a fried tofu recipe?

    In order to make a delicious fried tofu dish, you need tofu diced into 1.5-2 inch cubes, chopped Thai chilies, minced garlic, Scallions, Cilantro, and most importantly Chinese Laundry Dan Dan Sauce.

  • Can I make a vegan-friendly fried tofu recipe?

    Yes, you can make a vegan-friendly fried tofu recipe by coating slices of tofu in a mixture of cornstarch and spices, then frying them in oil until crispy. Serve with Chinese Laundry Dan Dan sauce or as a protein-packed addition to stir-fries and salads.

  • What are some dishes I can make with fried tofu?

    Fried tofu is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes. Some prevalent dishes include crispy tofu stir-fry, vegan tofu scramble, tofu and vegetable curry, and tofu tacos. You can also add it to salads, sandwiches, and noodle dishes for extra protein and texture.

  • Can I freeze fried tofu for later use?

    Yes, you can freeze fried tofu for later use. Allow the fried tofu to cool down to room temperature before wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Then, place it in an airtight container or a freezer bag and store it in the freezer for up to five months.

  • Can I make an air fryer tofu without oil?

    Yes, it is possible to make air fryer tofu without oil. Simply cut the tofu into desired pieces and place them in the air fryer. Cook at 400°F for 10 minutes, and flip the pieces at halftime. The tofu will still become crispy and golden without the use of oil.

  • What are some variations of air fryer tofu recipes?

    There are many variations of air fryer tofu recipes, including crispy tofu bites, BBQ tofu skewers, buffalo tofu bites, and tofu nuggets. Other options include sweet chili tofu, garlic and herb tofu, and sesame tofu. An air fryer opens up a world of endless possibilities!

  • Can I use any type of tofu for air frying?

    Yes, you can use any type of tofu for air frying as long as it is firm or extra-firm. Soft or silken tofu may break apart during the cooking process. Before air frying, it's recommended to press the tofu to remove excess water for better texture and flavor. You can also marinate it for added flavor.

  • Can I use frozen tofu in an air fryer recipe?

    Yes, you can use frozen tofu in an air fryer recipe. However, before using it, you need to thaw it completely and squeeze out any excess water to prevent the tofu from becoming too soggy in the air fryer. Once you've done that, you can marinate or season the tofu as desired and then cook it in the air fryer according to your recipe's instructions.

  • What are some serving suggestions for air fryer tofu?

    Air fryer tofu can be a delicious and healthy addition to any meal. You can follow these serving suggestions:

    1. Toss the tofu with mouthwatering Chinese Laundry Dan Dan Sauce and serve it as a protein-rich side dish.
    2. Use the air fryer tofu as a filling for tacos, wraps, or sandwiches.
    3. Add the crispy tofu to salads for an extra crunch.
    4. Use it as a vegetarian alternative in stir-fries or noodle dishes.
    5. Serve the tofu on top of rice or quinoa for a satisfying and filling meal.

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