Air Fryer Vegan Buffalo Tofu Bites


Buffalo tofu in the air fryer, breaded and air-fried then tossed in Buffalo sauce. Make these spicy vegan wing bites without oil. Freezing the tofu gives it a chewy texture that makes this snack just that much better. Serve with fresh veggies and vegan ranch dressing.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins
20 tofu bites


  • 1 (8 ounce) container extra-firm tofu

  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened rice milk

  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon paprika

  • teaspoon onion powder

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • cup vegan Buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank's®)


  1. Remove tofu block from the package and discard liquid. Wrap tofu in cheesecloth, place on a plate, and cover with a heavy pot until remaining liquid has been squeezed out, about 10 minutes. Remove the cheesecloth and cut tofu into 20 1-inch, bite-sized pieces. Place in a freezer-safe container and freeze, 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Remove tofu from freezer and thaw on paper towels or a dry cheesecloth. Pat dry.

  3. While tofu is thawing, put cornstarch into a resealable plastic bag. Pour rice milk into a small bowl.

  4. Preheat an air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Place tofu into the bag with cornstarch, seal, and shake to coat the tofu pieces completely. Remove tofu pieces and dredge each piece in rice milk.

  6. Place bread crumbs, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and pepper in the resealable plastic bag with the cornstarch residue; shake until well mixed. Place each piece of tofu, one at a time, back in the bag with the bread crumbs. Shake the bag until tofu piece is completely coated, tap gently to shake off excess, and place tofu on a wire rack while you repeat with remaining tofu pieces.

  7. Add coated tofu to the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes. Shake the basket to loosen the pieces. Cook for another 3 minutes or until browned.

  8. Place 1/3 cup Buffalo sauce in a bowl, add cooked tofu bites, and toss to coat. Drizzle remaining Buffalo sauce over tofu and continue tossing to coat. Serve immediately.


Freezing the tofu gives it a chewy texture and is an important part of the outcome of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

35 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 243mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 15mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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