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Easy Air Fryer Croutons

Easy Air Fryer Croutons is a quick recipe that will show you how to make your own homemade salad topper using a sourdough baguette or Ezekiel bread for a healthy option. Coat your bread with olive oil, garlic, and seasonings and you’re ready to fry!

air fryer croutons on a salad in a white bowl

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Have you ever had the croutons at Cracker Barrel? They are absolutely out of this world! They even sell them at take out! This recipe with sourdough bread is a close comparison.

The air fryer is great for bread, you may also enjoy my Air Fryer Garlic Bread, Air Fryer Muffins, and Air Fryer Cornbread recipes.

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, salt, and pepper in small white bowls

What Type of Bread to Use

When using sourdough bread, stale bread will work best. I rarely just have sourdough bread on hand, but if you do and have leftovers, then make croutons!

I got a loaf of sourdough and kept it sealed at room temperature for a couple of days and then used it to make croutons.

a loaf of sourdough bread on a cutting board and bread sliced into cubes for air fryer croutons
Sourdough bread

If you are looking for a flourless bread, clean eating option that is also healthier, Ezekiel bread works great. You can use whole grain bread, too. I found that both fresh or stale sandwich bread will work fine.

a collage photo of 2 photos of slices of Ezekiel bread on a cutting board and bread sliced into cubes for air fryer croutons
Ezekiel bread

How to Make Croutons in an Air Fryer

  1. Decide which type of bread you would like to use to make the croutons. Sourdough bread is the most popular. Ezekiel bread is a healthy option, or you can use sandwich bread.
  2. Slice the bread into 1/2 inch cubes.
  3. Drizzle the bread with olive oil and seasonings.
  4. Air fry.
sliced sourdough bread in a glass bowl with olive oil and seasoning for air fryer croutons
Sourdough bread

How Long Do You Fry the Croutons?

Fry the croutons for 5 minutes. Open up the air fryer and shake the basket. Fry for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Ezekiel bread

Air Fryer Temperature

I recommend 370 degrees.

croutons in air fryer
Sourdough bread
Ezekiel bread croutons in air fryer
Ezekiel bread

How to Store the Croutons

Store the croutons in sealable plastic bags or in airtight containers.

How Long Will the Croutons Last

The croutons will last at room temperature for 3 days.

They will last in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

They will last for several weeks in the freezer.

air fryer crouton in a glass jar

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air fryer croutons on a salad in a white bowl
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Easy Air Fryer Croutons

Easy Air Fryer Croutons is a quick recipe that will show you how to make your own homemade salad topper using a sourdough baguette or Ezekiel bread for a healthy option. Coat your bread with olive oil, garlic, and seasonings and you're ready to fry!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer croutons
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 85kcal

Ingredients

Sourdough Baguette Croutons

  • 2 cups sliced sourdough bread, I used about 3/4th of a loaf Sliced into 1/2 inch cubes. Any size you prefer is fine, I often slice mine into 1 inch cubes. Stale leftover bread works great.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Everything But the Bagel Seasoning or your favorite seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ezekiel Bread or Sandwich Bread Croutons

Instructions

  • If you are using a sourdough bread loaf, you will want to use a serrated bread knife to slice the bread.
  • Drizzle or spray the sliced bread with olive oil. Season with the seasonings. If you find that seasonings aren't sticking try a little more oil.
  • Place the sliced bread on the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 5 minutes on 370 degrees. Open and flip/shake the croutons.
  • Air fry for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Video

Notes

WHAT TYPE OF BREAD TO USE

Feel free to get creative with your bread and spice selection! You can use Texas Toast, asiago cheese loafs, and so much more!
When using sourdough bread, stale bread will work best. I rarely just have sourdough bread on hand, but if you do and have leftovers, then make croutons!
I got a loaf of sourdough and kept it sealed at room temperature for a couple of days and then used it to make croutons.
If you are looking for a flourless bread option that is also healthier, Ezekiel bread works great. You can use whole grain bread, too. I found that both fresh or stale sandwich bread will work fine.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g
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Recipe Rating




Nielle

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

As I was making a salad for lunch I figured I’d use the rest of my bread to make some croutons. I knew exactly where to come for a quick and easy recipe for the air fryer. Thank you, Brandi!

staysnatched

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Orvina

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

I forgot to add croutons on my grocery list but I remembered I’d seen this recipe before and always wanted to make it. It’s SO easy and tasty! Someone else said they were eating them like chips and I second that comment! I will never buy store Croutons again! Literally 5 mins and I like playing around with the seasonings. I tried some with Everything but the Bagel seasoning, garlic and seasoned salt. All of them came out really delicious!

staysnatched

Friday 11th of September 2020

YUM! That seasoning combo sounds great.

Ann

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

Can you make them without oil? Oil is really not healthy, including olive oil.

staysnatched

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

I wouldn't. You're free to do what you want. Monounsaturated is very healthy, which is found in olive oil.

Monique

Thursday 11th of June 2020

This was quick, easy, and delicious! I’m never buying croutons again. They were so good that I found myself eating them like chips, lol.

staysnatched

Thursday 11th of June 2020

haha! I do the same thing!