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Air Fryer Pistachio-Crusted Tofu Nuggets

Air Fryer Pistachio-Crusted Tofu Nuggets

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Although the thoughts and sentiments contained in the post are my own, I received complementary product and financial compensation from the sponsor of the post, Wonderful Pistachios. This post also contains affiliate links.

I'm always on the lookout for kid-friendly meal ideas that are a little more on the meatless side. We have 7 kids at home here in San Diego, but their dad is from Texas...so suffice it say, we definitely eat our fair share of meat.

But I've been on a quest for more plant protein in our lives - and I recently found that pistachios fit the bill! I personally love pistachios because of their crunchy, creamy texture and rich flavor - but as a dietitian I know their benefits go beyond taste since they contain fiber and plant protein. 

At home we snack on no shell pistachios, swap out croutons for pistachios in salads and also used crushed pistachios as a breading for everything from fish to chicken. But because we're trying to do more plant protein on our plates, I wanted to create an easy, kid-friendly recipe using pistachios that didn't center around meat.

We recently got an AirFryer and so I'm also constantly "fake-frying" anything I can get my hands on. (This is the AirFryer we have - get the XL if you're feeding more than 5!) Now, nothing goes nicer in the AirFryer than a batch of breaded nuggets...but since we're trying to steer clear of meat, then pistachio-crusted tofu nuggets it is!

Now don't roll your eyes if you can't believe your kids would ever tofu. Trust me, they will. Tofu is a really cool texture for kids to experiment with - but you're right if you think it doesn't have a lot of taste. Like you, Molly's not a huge tofu fan, but as is the case with most kids - she's more apt to try something she helped prepare...so get your kids in the kitchen for this one.

Now I agree - on it's own - tofu certainly isn't a food kids would flock to. But since it absorbs the flavors of foods it's cooked with, tofu gets way better with a tasty topping like a crushed pistachio crust. 

This recipe incorporates two types of plant protein: pistachios in the crust and the soy base of tofu. It's a fun one for kids to help prepare since they can pulse the pistachios and assemble the nuggets themselves. If you don't have an AirFryer you can also bake these nuggets in the oven (425 degrees F for 15 minutes) or pan-fry on the stovetop (with adult assistance :)

Our crew agreed that the AirFryer Pistachio-Crusted Tofu Nuggets were pretty good - and a tasty way to swap meat for more plant protein. 


AirFryer Pistachio-Crusted Tofu Nuggets 

Are you a nugget fan looking to expand? Check out these pistachio-crusted tofu nuggets. I use the Wonderful Pistachios Lightly Salted no-shell pistachios and season with salt and pepper to taste. If you don't have an AirFryer you can also make these in the oven or pan-fry on the stovetop.

Nugget Ingredients

  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 1 cup no shell Lightly Salted Wonderful Pistachios
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  • Preheat AirFryer to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes (or oven to 425 degrees F).
  • Cut tofu in 1 inch cubes and press to remove liquid. Pat tofu cubes dry.
  • Pulse pistachios in a food processor until finely ground, about 20 pulses (...or 200 if you're my kids).
  • In a shallow dish whisk eggs. In a separate shallow dish, place ground pistachios and salt and pepper to taste (if desired). Spray AirFryer basket lightly with cooking spray (or line baking sheet with parchment paper if cooking in the oven). Dredge tofu cubes first in egg and then in pistachios, coating to cover.
  • Place coated tofu cubes in AirFryer basket and cook for 10 minutes, shaking once so nuggets don't stick.
  • Let nuggets cool and serve!

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