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Air Fryer Croutons

Learn how to make Air Fryer Croutons with this simple, foolproof recipe and bring your soups and salads to life.

Overhead shot of air fryer croutons on a baking sheet.

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Air Fryer Croutons are the best way to dress up your summer salads. They turn out crispy and crunchy without using a ton of oil or heating up your kitchen! Oh, and by the way, they’re a great topper for cozy winter soups, too!

Homemade croutons are so much better than store-bought and you can add whatever seasonings you like. These homemade air fryer croutons are a breeze to make. You just cut some bread slices into cubes, toss with a little olive oil and some seasonings, and pop them in the air fryer to cook until they are golden brown and crisp.

Close up shot of croutons on a baking pan.

If you’ve got half a loaf of bread going stale in your pantry, no matter what type of bread it is, you can make those bread slices into delicious, crunchy Air Fryer Croutons. And that’s the beauty of these homemade croutons—you can use whatever bread you like, whatever seasonings you like, and whatever oil you like. You can even use butter instead of oil if you prefer.

Want to convince your family to eat more salad? Having homemade Air Fryer Croutons to toss in will make any salad a million times more attractive. I promise. Homemade croutons are also great in soups!

Overhead shot of the ingredients needed to make air fryer croutons.

Ingredients you need

For the complete list of ingredients with quantities and detailed prep and cooking instructions, please see the recipe card that appears at the end of this post.

You only need a few ingredients to make these air fryer homemade croutons. Here’s what you need:

Bread: You can use any bread you have on hand for these air fryer croutons. I like to use French bread, sourdough bread, or even an herbed ciabatta or focaccia loaf. Leftover bread is perfect to use. In fact, if you have a loaf of stale bread, even better!

Olive oil: You can use any type of oil you like, but olive oil adds nice flavor. You can substitute another oil like avocado oil, or even melted butter.

Seasonings: Here I’m using Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt, but you can use any seasonings you like. Rosemary, red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, or cracked pepper are great additions.

How to Make Air Fryer Croutons

For the complete list of ingredients with quantities and detailed prep and cooking instructions, please see the recipe card that appears at the end of this post.

These Air Fryer Croutons are so easy to make! Here’s how:

  1. Cut the bread slices into cubes or tear into bite-size pieces.
  2. In a bowl, toss the bread cubes with the olive oil and seasonings.
  3. Arrange the bread cubes in a single layer in the air fryer basket (cook in batches in the air fryer if needed).
  4. Air fry for 5 to 10 minutes, checking often and shaking the basket to flip the croutons around, until the bread cubes are nicely golden brown all over and crisp.

How to Store Croutons

I love to make a big batch of Air Fryer Croutons so that I can have them on hand any time I’m serving soup or salad. Here’s how I store them:

Allow the croutons to cool completely and then let them sit out overnight to make sure that they are very dry.

Croutons in a large serving spoon.

Place the croutons in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. You can keep them at room temperature for up to a week. If you want to keep them for longer, pop them into the freezer where they’ll last for months.

How to serve them

I love to add croutons to a garden salad, a ceasar salad, or a kale salad. Try them in a green salad with Harissa Dressing or Sriracha Ranch Dressing.

Homemade croutons are also great in soup! Try them in this incredibly Easy Tomato Soup recipe!

Low angle shot of croutons in a baking pan.

Try more air fryer recipes

If you love using your air fryer to make these air fryer croutons, try these other great air fryer recipes: Air Fryer Artichokes, Air Fryer Enchiladas, Air Fryer Empanadas, Air Fryer Korean Fried Chicken, Air Fryer Sesame Chicken, or Air Fryer Salmon.

You can even make dessert in your air fryer! Try making Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream or Air Fryer Caramelized Bananas.

Yield: Makes about 3 cups

Air Fryer Croutons

Overhead shot of croutons on a baking pan.

Air Fryer Croutons are super easy to make and great to have on hand to dress up salads and soups. You can use any type of bread you like for these. And it's even better to use stale bread.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 slices white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the bread cube with the olive oil until the bread is fully coated.
  3. Add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and toss to combine.
  4. Place the bread cubes in the air fryer basket.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  6. Let cool and store or serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 85Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 174mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 2g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By on June 13th, 2022

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