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Air Fryer Croutons

by Karly

Our homemade Air Fryer Croutons are so fresh and crisp, perfect for topping your salad, and hard to resist munching on all by themselves! You’ll never buy the bags of packaged croutons again after you try these!

Overhead view of a salad with croutons in front of an air fryer.

I love a good salad from a restaurant and I’m pretty sure it’s because they go the extra step and add croutons. Croutons just make salad better. Nobody disagrees with this, I am certain of that.

But let’s be real. The ones you buy in the little bag from the store are just not that great. They’re hard and crunchy instead of light and crispy.

These homemade air fryer croutons? Light, crispy, perfectly seasoned with garlic butter, beyond simple to make, and so good that you might find yourself eating them like potato chips.

We’ve been eating so many more salads since we came up with this air fryer crouton recipe! We like to slice up our air fryer chicken breast over a bed of lettuce with cheddar, cucumber, tomatoes, and these croutons for an easy lunch.

Ingredient Notes:

Crouton ingredients on a cutting board.

Bread- We’re keeping it super easy by using white sandwich bread. If you have other bread in your home (French bread, sourdough, leftover breadsticks or dinner rolls, etc.) they will also work great! But we developed this recipe using white sandwich bread since we always have a loaf around.

Seasonings- We’re keeping it simple with garlic salt, parsley, and onion powder. This gets mixed with melted butter.

How To Make Croutons in an Air Fryer:

Collage of cooked and uncooked croutons.

Prepare the bread- Start by slicing your bread into cubes the size you prefer croutons. Use a serrated knife to avoid squishing your bread.

Make the seasoning-Add your melted butter, garlic salt, parsley, and onion powder to a mixing bowl and combine.

Season the croutons- Next, toss in your cubed bread and stir gently to coat. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to soak up the butter.

Air fry the croutons- Place the cubes in an air fryer basket and air fry at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes total. Remove and shake the basket after 3 minutes to keep the croutons evenly cooked. You can make these as toasty as you want by cooking longer. We go for a light toast on our croutons.

FAQ:

What bread is the best for croutons?

Our recipe works great with white sandwich bread, which is nice because we always have a loaf at hand. Sourdough, French bread, and leftover breadsticks or dinner rolls also work great for making croutons at home.

How should I store my leftover croutons?

You can keep them at room temp in a sealed airtight container, such as a plastic ziptop bag.

Close up of cooked crouton cubes.

More Easy Air Fryer Recipes:

An air fryer basket full of croutons.

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Close up of cooked crouton cubes.

Air Fryer Croutons

Yield: 4 servings of croutons
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

ir fryer croutons are so much better than packaged croutons because of their texture. They are crisp, but not hard, and seasoned exactly how we like it!

Ingredients

  • 6 slices white bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. Slice the bread into cubes.
  2. Add the butter, garlic salt, parsley, and onion powder to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Add the bread cubes to the bowl with the butter and toss to coat. Let sit for 2 minutes for the bread to soak up the butter.
  4. Place bread cubes in an air fryer basket. Air fry at 400 degrees for 3 minutes. Toss and continue cooking for 2 minutes more or until croutons are golden brown.

Notes

Store croutons at room temperature in a resealable bag with as much air removed from the bag as possible.

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