Number of servings: 3
Required prep time: 10 minutes
Required cooking time: 10 minutes
Nowadays it is difficult to imagine a more popular and a favorite of many dishes than the nuggets. In every city there are dozens, or even hundreds of world-famous and local cafes, restaurants and other public catering establishments that offer this dish to fans. Moreover, chicken nuggets are not the only kind that is in particular demand. Crispy nuggets made from tofu cheese, specially deep-fried, have become no less popular than meat ones. And with the spread of the fashion for vegetarianism, they are the perfect dish for anyone who wants to simultaneously follow a meatless diet and eat delicious fast food. And for those who are far from giving up meat, these nuggets seem very tasty.
But you will not go to a cafe every day, and you want to eat delicious food often. And here’s the good news! Now you can easily and very quickly prepare the same amazing nuggets at home as served in your favorite restaurant. You will need a little: a high-quality cosori air fryer, a small list of ingredients and a good appetite.
Here is one of a cosori air fryer recepies to make crispy tofu nuggets.
You will need the following set of products:
300 grams of solid tofu
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried garlic
1 tsp ground black pepper
We can say that the most important ingredient here is tofu. When trying to cook it at home, very often forget to follow simple preliminary recommendations. And then it turns out to be incomprehensible, and sometimes unpleasant consistency in the finished dish. To prevent this from happening, even before cooking, you need to do some procedures. They do not take much time and do not take away your strength at all.
Tofu is suitable for any, even the simplest version, only you need it to be a solid variety. When you bring the cheese home from the store, you need to freeze it directly in the package, without damaging its integrity. You need to defrost it immediately before you start cooking the dish. Immediately after defrosting, we squeeze out excess moisture from it, as much as possible. If you want to imitate chicken fillet in the final dish, then this cheese should be broken after squeezing and cut into pieces in any order. If you prefer strict and clear shapes, you can just carefully cut the cheese into cubes or bars of the size that you are used to in your favorite cafe.
That’s all, this is the end of the preparation and you can start the cooking process itself which is also rather simple. You can immediately prepare a larger portion, because ready-made nuggets are popular with all family members and run out of them extremely quickly.
- First of all, all the spices and salt specified in the ingredients must be thoroughly mixed with half the flour.
- Pour the vegetable broth and water into separate bowls, which we will then mix with the flour.
- In the remaining half of the flour, carefully pour the water, kneading it into the dough for the batter. Water should be added gradually, so that the batter does not turn out to be too liquid, but remains of medium density.
- Now take the pieces of tofu and dip each piece in turn in three bowls. First, for ten seconds, dip the piece in vegetable broth, then in a thick batter, and after that – in a dry mixture of flour and spices. If desired, you can repeat the steps of lowering into the batter and into the dry mixture twice. Many people like a thicker crispy crust, which can be obtained by double dipping. But you can do it only once.
- We proceed to the final stage of preparation. Your air grill should be preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The pieces of tofu in the batter should be spread out in a basket in one layer, so that they do not touch each other. In the preheated cosori air fryer, place the filled basket and put them to cook for just 10 minutes. You can shake the basket of nuggets a little a couple of minutes before the end of cooking.
It is very important to get the full enjoyment of each dish is the right choice of sauce. However, in the case of tofu nuggets, the task of choosing is not limited to almost anything. They go well with hot sauces, neutral ketchup, garlic sauce, or everyone’s favorite cheese sauce. So the choice depends solely on your preferences.
After ten minutes in the air grill have passed, the baskets of nuggets should be placed on a plate and served hot. Many people like to decorate such nuggets with sesame seeds and herbs, they make the dish not only amazingly delicious, but also very beautiful.
Bon appetit to you and your family. Have time to grab your portion of delicious food before the kids eat it all!