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Air Fryer Chilli-Garlic Tofu with Green Beans

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4 Servings


About the Recipe


  • Two 14-ounce packages extra-firm tofu

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons mirin

  • 1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chilli-garlic paste or sambal (add amount to spice level preference)

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed whole

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


Step 1

Drain the tofu, wrap each block in several layers of paper towel and set on a large plate. Place a heavy pan on top (cast-iron works great for this) to press excess liquid from the tofu. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Slice each tofu block into six 1/2-inch-thick slices. Drain the large plate of any excess liquid, wipe dry and place the tofu slices back on the plate. Put 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small bowl and use a pastry brush to coat both sides of the slices with the oil. Season both sides of the slices with 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper.

Step 3

Preheat the air fryer to 200°C

Step 4

Lay the tofu slices flat in the basket of the air fryer and cook, flipping halfway through, until lightly golden and crisp, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a plate

Step 5

Preheat the air fryer to 200°C.  

Step 6

Toss the green beans in a large bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper. Cook the beans, tossing halfway through, until tender and blistered, about 10 minutes.  

Step 7

While the beans cook, combine the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, mirin, brown sugar, chilli-garlic paste, cornstarch, garlic and 3 tablespoons water in a small saucepan and stir until the cornstarch is dissolved. Cook over medium-low heat, occasionally stirring, until the sauce is slightly reduced, thickened and shiny, 5 to 7 minutes.  

Step 8

Transfer the beans to a large serving plate and shingle the tofu slices on top. Drizzle the sauce over the tofu and beans and garnish with the scallions.  


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