Tofu is something that people either love or hate but these 2 ways will turn any hater into a lover! They are dripping in flavour and cooking in an airfryer makes it easier to get that crispy exterior which is next level!

Here Dave and Steve both made their favourite. You can choose the winner!

  • Dave made – Sticky spicy barbeque nuggets 
  • Steve made – Sesame teriyaki tofu

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Sticky spicy barbeque nuggets

These are flavour bombs and really transform tofu into a start of a show and something that everyone will want more of!

Takes 20 minutes

Serves 2


  • 250 g firm tofu
  • Base sauce/ marinade
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • tsp black pepper
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 100 g panko bread crumbs or bread crumbs of chioce
  • Final marinade/ finishing sauce
  • 3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce or chilli sauce of choice
  • 1/2 tbsp tamari/ soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp maple syrup


  • Cut the tofu in 1cm x 2cm cubes.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the sauce/ marinade.
  • Add in the tofu and mix together so the tofu is well coated.
  • Bake in the airfryer at 200 degrees for 12 mins ensuring that the tofu is well spread out so it can get crispy.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the final marinade. Take out the tofu from the air fryer. In a bowl lightly mix together the cooked tofu and the finishing sauce until well coated.
  • Bake again in the air fryer at 200 degrees for 12 mins, ensure to turn once after 6 mins so they crisp up all over – bake until lovely and crispy.
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Sesame teriyaki tofu

These are based on a simple japanese style teriyaki sauce as a base marinade and then as a glaze that goes all crispy in the second bake – delicious and oh so tasty!

Takes 20 minutes

Serves 2


  • 250 g of tofu
  • Sauce/ marinade
  • 3 tbsp of tamari
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of vinegar of choice/ mirin
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of ginger powder
  • 1 tsp of fresh chilli chopped finely
  • For glaze
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch/ corn flour


  • Cut the tofu into 1cm thick rectangles that are approx 3 x 6cm. Mix together the ingredients for the sauce/ marinade. Marinade in 3/4 of the sauce for 1-2 mins turning to ensure the tofu is well coated while the airfryer preheats.
  • Bake in the airfryer at 200 degrees for 10 mins
  • While in the airfryer add the remaining 1/4 of the marinade sauce along with the coconut sugar and cornstarch into a sauce pan and cook on a medium heat, whisking constantly until it starts to thicken and reduce. Be careful not to let it burn! Add 2 tbsp of water if it gets to thicken and mix through. Remove and set aside
  • Take the tofu out of the oven and in a large bowl coat in the glaze, ensuring to drizzle any remaining glaze over the tofu and bake again in the oven at 200 degrees for 5 mins
  • Take out, sprinkle with some sesame seeds and enjoy!
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