Air fried tofu sandwich

Air Fried Tofu Sandwich

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If you’ve been tuning into my Instagram stories, you already know I’ve been air-frying EVERYTHING lately! Though I’ve experimented with a lot, my favorite thing to air fry is tofu. More specifically this air fried tofu sandwich!

I’ve always been picky when it comes to tofu. It has to be cooked just right. There’s nothing more I despise than soft, chewy tofu. I’m all about the texture and this tofu sandwich provides texture and taste!

Air fried tofu sandwich

Fried tofu has always been one of my favorite things to make, but my least favorite part was all the oil required to get that perfectly crunchy outer layer of crispy goodness. Then even after the cooking was done, I still had the pan of grease to dispose of. Thank God for air fryers! I love that I’m able to still create the same great crispiness with a fraction of the oil!

A few weeks ago I received some of the best mail ever. A shiny red, 5.8 quart, air fryer from GoWise. The frying basket is the perfect size and the accessory kit is the icing on the cake! Speaking of cake… did you know you can make cakes in the air fryer too? YEP! When you purchase an air fryer from GoWise, they toss in a recipe book with tons of great ideas to get you started. Everything from snacks to main courses. Pages of meals that can easily be veganized with just a few simple swaps!

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The air fryer itself is super easy to use and comes preset with lots of options for quick and easy cooking for common meals! This includes fries (another tasty favorite PERFECT for air frying)! The display is also fully digital, so it feels super fancy. 🙂 The air fryer uses a rapid air technology that cooks the food on all sides so you don’t have to worry much about rotating the food (though I still like to give it a good shake or flip halfway through cooking). It also has a pretty wide temperature range (180-400 degrees) and a cooking timer to help keep you from an overcooked nightmare (anyone else been there before?!).

Now, about this air fried tofu sandwich… I can’t get over how easy it is to make and the texture! The perfectly crispy texture! I used panko breadcrumbs to achieve this texture, mixed with some of my go-to seasonings for flavor. To ensure the breadcrumbs would stick to the tofu I mixed up a little flax egg and almond milk, then transferred that to the panko bread crumb mixture. I used one of the trays from the accessory kit to create two “racks” (see photo below) so I could fit each of the pieces of tofu inside comfortably. This was SO handy!

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Air fried tofu sandwich

I also decided to try something a little different to create more of a “meatier” texture with the tofu. Normally I would simply drain the tofu and begin cooking with it, but this time I decided to try the freezer method. Never heard of it? It was new to me too. When you freeze tofu, it creates little pockets inside from where the water turned to ice. Freezing the tofu also helps to create a firmer consistency, which is perfect for this air fried tofu sandwich.

To top off this tasty sandwich, I made a sauce that’s highly reminiscent of Chick-fil-a sauce. My husband, who avoids soy like the plague, was even impressed with how well the sauce complimented the sandwich. He took one bite and said, “I think you’re on to something!”

Well folks, I KNOW I’m on to something. Since making this masterpiece, I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. Try out this air fried tofu sandwich (and the sauce!) and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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5 from 3 votes

Air Fried Tofu Sandwich

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Sandwich, Tofu
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Optional Freeze Time 1 day
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1 package firm tofu drained and sliced into 3 pieces
  • 3 burger buns
  • toppings of your choice (lettuce, tomato, pickles…)

Liquid Mixture

  • 2 flax eggs 2 tbsp flax seed meal+5 tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 8-10 drops liquid smoke

Breading Mixture

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1 tbsp agave

Instructions

  • In a flat dish, mix together the ingredients for the liquid mixture and set aside.
  • In another flat dish, mix together the breading ingredients. 
  • Dip the sliced and drained tofu into the liquid mixture, ensuring that all sides are covered. Then transfer to the breading mixture, lightly pressing the tofu into the mixture. Place in your GoWise air fryer. Complete this process until each piece of tofu is covered.
  • Spray each of the pieces of tofu lightly with olive oil (optional- helpful for browning). Set your GoWise air fryer to 400 degrees and cook for 10 minutes. Flip each piece and spray the other side of the tofu with olive oil and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • While the tofu is cooking, begin mixing the ingredients for the sauce and gathering desired toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickles…etc).
  • Once the tofu has finished cooking, begin forming your sandwich. Enjoy!

7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’m a huge fan of sandwiches. This one looks awesome!!! I’ll have to try this recipe with my air fryer. Thanks!!!

    • Hey Nicole! This is one of my absolute favorites to make! I think you’ll enjoy it (don’t skip the sauce!)! I’d love to know what you think when you do! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Omg. This was so good! Super easy and will be on my regular rotation. Thanks!

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  4. My 4 kids and I all loved this sandwich. The combination of the crispy tofu with that sauce was fantastic. Thanks for the great recipe!

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