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Whip up some delicious homemade dinner rolls quickly and easily in your air fryer. These dinner rolls are so light and fluffy, and take less time to bake compared to the oven. The perfect bread side for any meal, and a must have for Thanksgiving!

Air fryer dinner rolls served in a large bowl.

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No Thanksgiving or holiday meal is complete without some light and fluffy dinner rolls, and they are a breeze to make in the air fryer!

Made from scratch, these bread rolls are a wonderful addition to any dinner and because they are baked in the air fryer they are ready in a fraction of the time and it frees up your oven. You’ll notice that this recipe for dinner rolls uses less flour than most. That way your air fryer can hold all the dough.

You’ll also notice that this recipe uses no egg. After testing multiple roll recipes and batches, we found that these dinner rolls just didn’t need it. They’re perfectly delicious, fluffy, and buttery.

Make them ahead of time and be sure to make a double batch to freeze, they really are delicious!

Be sure to try my Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls and Vegan Dinner Rolls too!

Dinner rolls pulled apart in the air fryer basket.

How to make air fryer dinner rolls

  • Gather your ingredients.
Ingredients to make the recipe.
  • Add water, yeast, and 1 tsp of granulated white sugar to a small measuring cup. Stir and set aside for 10 minutes, until the yeast has bloomed.
  • Add bread flour, remaining granulated sugar, and salt to a large bowl. Mix until combined. Add yeast mixture, milk, and 3 Tablespoons of softened butter and mix until combined. Use your hands to clump the dough together and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes until smooth. You could also use a stand mixer for these steps.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow it to proof in a warm area until it’s almost double in size, about 1 – 1 ½ hours.
  • Meanwhile, line the bottom of the air fryer basket with parchment paper. DO NOT turn on the air fryer at this time. Place proofed dough on a lightly floured surface and cut dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a roll and place them in the lined air fryer basket next to each other, with the sides touching. Close the air fryer. DO NOT start the air fryer at this time. Allow the rolls to rise again for 45 minutes to 1 hour in the closed air fryer that is off.
  • When ready to air fry, turn on the air fryer and set the temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 15-18 minutes until the rolls are done, and golden on top.
  • Brush the rolls with the remaining butter and sprinkle with coarse kosher salt or sea salt if desired. Enjoy.

How long do dinner rolls stay fresh?

You can of course enjoy these dinner rolls straight away, but they are a great option to make ahead of time so they’re ideal for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let the rolls cool fully before transferring them to an airtight container. They will keep well at room temperature for 4 to 5 days, I don’t recommend storing them in the fridge as this can dry them out. You can serve them at room temperature or warm them through in the air fryer at 360F for a minute or two.

Can you freeze them?

Yes! These freeze really well and will keep for up to 6 months. Be sure to wrap them well in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag to protect them from freezer burn. You can thaw them at room temperature for a couple of hours before serving. Thaw them on a rack so that they don’t get soggy when they defrost.

What do you serve them with?

These air fryer dinner rolls are the perfect bread side dish to serve up with your Thanksgiving or holiday dinner, they are also great for everyday use served with soups and chilis. Try them alongside my other favorite Thanksgiving recipes:

Baked dinner rolls.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • This dough can be made in a stand mixer. Follow the directions and knead dough in the stand mixer with a dough hook for 7-8 minutes.
  • It’s best to use a scale to weigh the flour in this recipe. However, if you don’t have a scale, cups will work fine. Just make sure to spoon the flour into the cup and level it before placing it in the bowl.
  • All-purpose flour can be used instead of bread flour if needed.
  • Don’t skip the rising times, this is what results in light and fluffy dinner rolls.
  • You do not need to preheat the air fryer for this recipe.
  • Different air fryer models can run slightly differently, so cooking times may vary slightly. Check them at around 15 minutes.
Hands pulling apart the dinner rolls.

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Soft Air Fryer Dinner Rolls

Whip up some delicious homemade dinner rolls quickly and easily in your air fryer. These dinner rolls are so light and fluffy, and take less time to bake compared to the oven. The perfect bread side for any meal, and a must have for Thanksgiving!
Course Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried dinner rolls, air fryer bread rolls, how to make dinner rolls in an air fryer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 2 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 small rolls
Calories 143kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup water warmed (100F – 110F)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast 1 packet
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated white sugar divided
  • 2 ¼ cup Bread flour spooned and leveled (281g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 Tablespoons softened unsalted butter divided
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling on top optional

Instructions

  • Add water, yeast, and 1 tsp of granulated white sugar to a small measuring cup. Stir and set aside for 10 minutes, until the yeast has bloomed.
  • Add bread flour, remaining granulated sugar, and salt to a large bowl. Mix until combined. Add yeast mixture, milk, and 3 Tablespoons of softened butter and mix until combined. Use your hands to clump the dough together and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes until smooth. You could also use a stand mixer for this step.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow it to proof in a warm area until it’s almost double in size, about 1 – 1 ½ hours.
  • Meanwhile, line the bottom of the air fryer basket with parchment paper. DO NOT turn on the air fryer at this time. Place dough on lightly floured surface and cut dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a roll and place them in the lined air fryer basket next to each other, with the sides touching. Close the air fryer. DO NOT start the air fryer at this time. Allow the rolls to rise again for 45 minutes to 1 hour in the closed air fryer that is off.
  • When ready to air fry, turn on the air fryer and set the temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 15-18 minutes until the rolls are done, and golden on top.
  • Brush the rolls with the remaining butter and sprinkle with coarse kosher salt or sea salt if desired. Enjoy.

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Notes

  • This dough can be made in a stand mixer. Follow the directions and knead dough in the stand mixer with a dough hook for 7-8 minutes.
  • It’s best to use a scale to weigh the flour in this recipe. However, if you don’t have a scale, cups will work fine. Just make sure to spoon the flour into the cup and level it before placing it in the bowl.
  • All-purpose flour can be used instead of bread flour if needed.
  • Don’t skip the rising times, this is what results in light and fluffy dinner rolls.
  • You do not need to preheat the air fryer for this recipe.
  • Different air fryer models can run slightly differently, so cooking times may vary slightly. Check them at around 15 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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mark nickel

Monday 30th of January 2023

worst recipe ever. i tried it 3 times. followed the instructions to the letter. dough did not warm up and rise but actually got colder. how that happens i do not know. the last attempt i made i made a batch using a different recipe and it worked perfectly. i do not know if it is the milk( room temp ) or the butter. which are the only 2 ingredients that are different. but this recipe failed every time.

Tanya

Tuesday 31st of January 2023

Hi Mark, it sounds like you had issues with the rise. There are a few steps I do to avoid this in any bread recipe. I always bloom the yeast first before adding it to any flour. This allows me to ensure my yeast is working properly. Sometimes yeast can expire and not work. I also check the temperature of the water with a quick read thermometer before adding it to the yeast. Water that is too hot, and your yeast will not bloom. Cold or cool water will still allow your bread to rise, but it will take a long time. I also knead the dough for the amount of time listed in the recipe to ensure it rises. I allow it to rise twice, once after kneading in a bowl that is covered in plastic wrap. The dough should double in size at that point. I also allow them to rise in an air fryer, that is off, after shaping the rolls. If your dough is not rising in the allocated time and everything else was done right, it may just need longer to rise. I've had dough that took 2+ hours to rise because my house was simply cold. Dough rises best at room temperature or slightly warmer than that. Too cold, and your dough will just take a little longer to rise. I hope that helps and you give these rolls a try again. They are the best and we make them for every family gathering. There are step by step photos and a video to help along the way.

Nina

Friday 20th of January 2023

Absolutely delicious. I added a few sprinkles of Everything Bagel, and some fresh rosemary leaves. Bread was addictive, soft with a perfect crust. But I did find that I needed to flip it in the middle because the bottom was raw, while the top was perfectly baked already.

Teresa

Wednesday 21st of December 2022

These were easy to make but the bottom didn't get done. I flipped them over and ate fried another 10 minutes. Thank you for this recipe!

Tanya

Sunday 25th of December 2022

Hi Teresa, Thanks for the feedback. I'd try the parchment paper with the holes next time if you're having trouble with the bottoms.

William

Monday 28th of November 2022

Tried this out. Worked well but my rolls were raw on the bottom. I ended up just frying them a bit to get that bit cooked.

Emma

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

These are the most INCREDIBLE rolls. And honestly, pretty easy to make! We have made them half a dozen times now, they are our go to! Amazing!!!

Tanya

Thursday 27th of October 2022

Thanks Emma! So happy you like them :)