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Homemade Air Fryer Croutons

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Cook up a batch of homemade croutons in a matter of minutes in your air fryer. Perfect for adding to soups and salads, these seasoned croutons are perfectly crispy and full of flavor. I know you are going to love these!

Golden brown croutons in the air fryer basket.

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Add some texture and crunch to your favorite salads and soups with this quick and easy air fryer croutons recipe.

These homemade croutons are seasoned with garlic and herbs and come together in a matter of minutes for a perfect crispy topping.

These croutons have a great shelf life, I love having them on hand to add some flavor and interest to lunchtime salads and soups, or just grab a few to enjoy as a yummy snack!

Be sure to try my Air Fryer French Toast and Air Fryer Dinner Rolls too!

Croutons served on top of a green salad.

How to make air fryer croutons

  • Gather your ingredients. I’ve got a loaf of french bread, olive oil, and spices.
Ingredients to make the recipe.
  • Preheat you air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut your bread into 1 inch pieces. I use an electric bread knife for cutting hard bread. It literally is the best when it comes to cutting clean smooth pieces.
  • Place cut bread pieces into a large bowl. Set aside.
A bread loaf cut into cubes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt until combined.
  • Pour the olive oil mixture over the bread pieces and stir with a spatula, ensuring all the pieces get covered by the olive oil.
Bread cubes being mixed with oil and seasonings.
  • Place the bread in the preheated air fryer in a single layer and air fry for 6-8 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove and serve
Air fried croutons in an air fryer basket.

What’s the best bread to use?

I love to use French bread to make croutons, the crust gets wonderfully crispy and the croutons are light and not dense. Most thickly sliced bread loaves will work great, sourdough is another favorite option, or try making them with some homemade cornbread.

I don’t worry about using stale bread when it comes to making these air fryer croutons. However, if using hot fresh baked bread, I would let it rest for at least a day before making these croutons.

How long does it take to make croutons in an air fryer?

These croutons will take between 6 and 8 minutes to air fry at 380F. Cook them in a single layer for the best results. If you are cooking more, you can layer up the bread cubes, but be sure to give them a shake or two during cooking so that they crisp up evenly.

Serving Suggestions

Homemade croutons are a great way to add some interest to everyday soups and salads. Try adding them too…

Close up of air fryer croutons ready to use.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Store croutons in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last for up to 2 weeks.
  • I like to make these with olive oil, but vegetable, canola or avocado will all work well. Butter will also work but your croutons will taste a little buttery.
  • Try mixing up the seasonings. Most dried herbs and spices will work great so have fun experimenting!
  • Let cool before storing or enjoy right away.

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Golden brown croutons in the air fryer basket.
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Homemade Air Fryer Croutons

Cook up a batch of homemade croutons in a matter of minutes in your air fryer. Perfect for adding to soups and salads, these seasoned croutons are perfectly crispy and full of flavor. I know you are going to love these!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried croutons, how to air fry croutons, seasoned air fryer croutons
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 192kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 small loaf French bread cut into 1 inch cubes, about 4 cups
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer basket to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place cut bread pieces into a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt until combined.
  • Pour the olive oil mixture over the bread pieces and stir with a spatula, ensuring all the pieces get covered by the olive oil.
  • Place the bread in the preheated air fryer in a single layer and air fry for 6-8 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove and serve

Notes

  • Store croutons in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last for up to 2 weeks.
  • I like to make these with olive oil, but vegetable, canola or avocado will all work well.
  • Try mixing up the seasonings. Most dried herbs and spices will work great so have fun experimenting!
  • Let cool before storing or enjoy right away.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
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