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This Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu is the perfect snack for game day or movie night. It’s a fun option for a healthy dinner because no oil is used when air frying the tofu.

Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu

I know there are some people that are not fans of tofu. Maybe you’re even one of them. If you’ve only tried tofu without the water pressed out and unseasoned, there’s no way you’d ever like it – I know I sure wouldn’t partake in anything like that either.

Tasty tofu is all about how you prepare and cook it because tofu itself has no real distinct flavor. It takes on the flavors of the marinades and sauces which is why it’s so versatile. For instance, my is one of the most popular recipes on my blog because it’s prepared well and is topped with a delicious sauce and my Simple Tofu Scramble is so easy to make for a quick and yummy breakfast.

I have another fun and tasty tofu for you to try today – my Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu. Matt and I love hanging out with our pups and watching sports together.

I’m always looking for snacks that would be good finger foods for gameday to go along with our other favorites like my and . Popcorn tofu with sriracha mayo sounded like a perfect addition to our repertoire.

While they’d be great for sports or movie night I think the popcorn tofu bites would be a fun idea as dinner for the kiddos too. You could serve the popcorn tofu with favorite dipping sauces (bbq, ranch, ketchup) if the sriracha is not their thing.


Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu

Tofu in the Air Fryer?

I got an for Christmas and I have been really enjoying it. The food comes out crispy like it would in a regular fryer but without all the oil. Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes I love a fried treat but it’s nice to have the option to use the air fryer to get a similar crispy effect.

Besides the crispiness, another thing I like about the air fryer is that I don’t have to use the oven on hot days. When it’s too hot I don’t like being in the kitchen, never mind having the oven on so the air fryer is a great alternative because only the back of the fryer gets a little hot but the room itself won’t.

Don’t have an Air Fryer?

No problem! See instructions in my recipe directions on how to bake the popcorn tofu if you don’t have an air fryer.

They won’t come out as “fried” but they’re still crispy and tasty!

Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu


Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu

This was my first-time “coating” something in one of my recipes so it took me a while to get the batter the way I wanted it. I used some cornmeal and panko breadcrumbs to make them crispy and  to give the batter a little extra flavor.


I hope you enjoy my Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu. If you get a chance to try it out,  I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share your pictures of my recipes on and use #vnutrition or tag @v.nutrition so I won’t miss it! Post your photos on the as well!

5 from 4 votes

Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu

This Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu is the perfect snack for game day or movie night. It's a fun option for a healthy dinner because no oil is used when air frying the tofu.

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 12 minutes

Total Time 27 minutes

Servings 4

Calories 261 kcal

Author Mary Ellen

Popcorn Tofu

  • 14 oz extra firm tofu in water, water pressed out and drained
  • 1/2 cup chickpea or quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 TB
  • 1 TB
  • 1 TB
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened dairy free milk
  • 1.5 cup gluten free if needed

Sriracha Mayo

Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu

Rip the pressed tofu into bite size pieces.

  1. Add flour, cornmeal, nutritional yeast, better than bouillon, mustard, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and milk into a large bowl and mix until combined. The consistency should be like a  pancake batter. Add more milk if needed to thin it out. 

  2. Add panko breadcrumbs to separate bowl. 

  3. Dip tofu pieces into the batter, then into breadcrumbs, and then place in the basket of air fryer. (see recipe notes for baking tofu)

  4. Set air fryer at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Shake the basket 1/2 way through. 

Sriracha Mayo

  1. Mix vegan mayo and sriracha together and serve with popcorn tofu.

If you do not have an air fryer, you can bake the popcorn tofu for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees. 

Nutrition Facts

Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu

Amount Per Serving

Calories 261 Calories from Fat 50

% Daily Value

Total Fat 5.5g 8%

Total Carbohydrates 37.5g 13%

Dietary Fiber 4.8g 19%

Protein 16g 32%

Vitamin A 7%

Calcium 21.25%

Iron 15.25%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mary Ellen Valverde MS, a functional medicine nutritionist, received her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Dedicated to helping fight chronic disease through a plant-based diet, she creates lasting lifestyle changes that aid clients in a life of wellness.


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