How to Make Tofu Puffs – Deep Fried TOFU (2 Methods)

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This tofu puffs recipe is airy, crunchy, and spongy in a wonderful manner, and it does not compromise on quality. It’s perfect for many dishes, and it’s really fast and simple to prepare!

Tofu Puffs: What are they?

Tofu Puffs (Thai: tow-hu tawt) are deep-fried tofu chunks that are particularly crunchy and porous, making them ideal for saucy foods like stews and broths.

On the exterior, it’s crunchy, but inside, it’s a blend of puffy and squishy. Just trust me, these soy puffs are amazing.

What Kind of Tofu Should I Use?

To create tofu puffs at home, you must acquire some fresh tofu. Tofu is widely available in Asian markets and grocery stores. If none of these businesses are local to you, always search the web to see if any Asian online shops deliver to your location.

Is it possible to create tofu puffs in an air fryer?

Tofu cubes can be air-fried for a healthier option, although they will not puff up as much as their deep-fried counterparts. Thus, unfortunately, you won’t be able to replicate an identical consistency of the tofu puffs in the air fryer.

Is it possible to bake tofu puffs?

Like air-frying it, baking tofu in the oven offers nutritional advantages, but it won’t produce as wonderful a taste as deep-fried tofu. Fortunately, we have a recipe for Oven-Baked Tofu Puffs for you here.

Are Tofu Puffs Healthy?

Deep Fried tofu puffs contain more protein and less saturated fat than what is contained in meat products. However, it is abundant in calories and usually fried in omega-6-rich vegetable oil. So it can help increase your weight, just don’t go overboard with it, and you will be fine. If you want the healthiest fried tofu, go with air-fried tofu, but it won’t be as good and fluffy tofu as when made in deep-fried oil.


Tofu Puff Recipe: A Step-by-Step Guide

I’m going to show you two techniques for creating puffed tofu. First, frying produces more genuine and fluffy tofu, while baking produces a chewier but still excellent final result.

List of Ingredients


  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 lb fresh tofu
  • 1 tsp of Salt


Deep-Frying Technique

tofu puffs fried

  1. Heating the oil: Heat 3 inches of oil in a broad, deep pot with thick walls over medium-high heat. Itc takes a variable amount of time, varying according to the size of your pot and the wattage of your stove; it took me around 10 minutes. Maintaining the proper oil temperature is ritical, so invest in a temperature probe or anything similar and keep an eye on it. Lower the heat to medium or medium-low after it hits 375 degrees Fahrenheit (191 degrees Celsius), and assess the oil temperature regularly. The primary cooking process is also relatively quick after the oil has reached the right temperature. I read somewhere that you may test the temperature of the oil by probing it with a wooden stick for a few minutes and observing if it starts to boil.
  2. Prepping your tofu: Remove the tofu from the package while the oil heats up. My neighborhood Asian shop sells fresh tofu in a clear jar with water. Pour off the water and neatly cover it with a clean cloth towel or a new paper towel. You don’t need to crush the tofu just yet since you don’t want it to rip. Using a towel or two, soak up the excess water. After that, cube or slice the tofu into triangles. I love thick tofu puffs, so I cut them into 1/4-inch chunks.
  3. Bread the tofu: In a large mixing bowl, combine the arrowroot grain, cornstarch, and baking powder. Place each tofu piece on a plate and shake it in the dish to cover both sides.
  4. Putting the tofu in the oil: Slowly place the bits into the heated oil one by one. Depending on the scale of your pot, cook the tofu in 2-3 batches; do not overfill it. If you throw them in, use a mesh sieve so they don’t splash in your face. This is easiest with a large spoon. Also, use a splatter screen over the pot to further shield your body from oil splatters.
  5. Cooking the tofu: Carefully stir the pieces with a wire strainer or a notched spoon for the first 2 minutes to minimize clumping. The details will float after 3-4 minutes and must be stirred regularly afterward. They’re ready to eat when they’re consistently and faintly golden brown.
  6. Cooling process: Place the fried chunks on a wire rack to cool, with a pan or foil below to catch any excess oil, or use a pan coated with paper towels.
  7. Repeat with the rest: Fry the remaining tofu, then remove the heat.
  8. Serving: Puffed tofu may be eaten with a sauce, rice, and a homemade sauce, or it can be mixed into another dish (see examples below). Kudos!
  9. Storing Leftovers: Refrigerate excess puffs in an airtight box for three days, though I believe they’re best the first night. You could freeze them, but remember that freezing tofu affects its structural properties and causes it to become softer.

Video Instructions

YouTube video

Using the Oven


  1. Set the oven to 400F or 200C and cover a rimmed baking pan with wax paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Compress the tofu: Cover the tofu in paper towels or cloth and squeeze for 15-20 minutes with a hefty object or a tofu press.
  3. Chop the tofu into triangles or Cubes.  I prefer thick tofu, so I chop them into 1 1/4-inch chunks.
  4. To bread, the tofu, combine the arrowroot flour or cornstarch and baking powder in a clean mixing dish. Toss all the tofu chunks to coat all surfaces, then arrange them on the pan with some space between them.
  5. Let it cook for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the preferred consistency is achieved, turning each chunk midway through the baking period and turning the pan.
  6. Offer with a condiment, rice, and sauce, or integrate into another meal (see ideas below). You’ll love it!
  7. Store extra tofu in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, although I think they’re tastiest the very first evening. You can freeze these, but please note that freezing tofu changes its structural composition and makes it soggier, so take that into consideration.

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Final Thoughts

I hope you liked my tofu puffs recipe. Also, please let me know in the comments how it turned out for you or what is your version of the recipe. If you like this spongy tofu recipe, then you might also like my Vegan Matcha Tofu Cheesecake

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