Remove the tofu from the package and drain any excess liquid. Place the tofu on 3-4 paper towels. Then add another 3-4 paper towels on top.
Place a clean heavy frying pan or pot on top of the tofu for 30 minutes. This will "press the tofu" and squeeze out any excess moisture. If your pan isn't too heavy you can add canned beans to create more weight.Replace the paper towels halfway through if they become too wet.
Once the tofu has been pressed, chop it in to 1-inch squares and place in a bag.
In a bowl, combine the marinade ingredients: avocado oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, dried basil and salt. Pour into the bag with chopped tofu and place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes or longer.Note: These marinades work best when tofu can be soaked for at least a few hours – I prefer to marinate overnight. Feel free to substitute for one of my 7 easy tofu marinade recipes.
Preheat the air fryer at 400°F for 2 minutes.
Lightly coat the inside of the air fryer tray or basket with olive oil or cooking spray. Add the tofu and cook for 16-20 minutes, flipping and tossing halfway through. Tofu will be crispy on the outsides when done.
Serve and enjoy! This tofu can be eaten with with rice, pasta, quinoa or in a salad.
These marinade servings will work for one 14-16 oz block of extra firm tofu. You can always cook more tofu – just double the marinade recipe.
It’s important to use “extra firm” tofu to get the crispiest results.