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How To Make Croutons In An Air Fryer

How To Make Croutons In An Air Fryer

Krista S

An Easy Way to Make the Best Croutons

Sick of the same old croutons on your salads? Why not try making them in an air fryer? It’s way easier than you think! Just cut up some bread, toss it with olive oil, herbs, and spices, then set your air fryer to 375°F. Cook for 5-7 minutes and you’ll have golden-brown, crunchy croutons!

Air fryer croutons are so much crunchier than oven-baked ones. Plus, you can use less oil for a guilt-free snack. Get creative with different seasonings and spices – parmesan cheese, smoked paprika… The options are endless!

Take salads and soups to the next level with homemade air fryer croutons. All it takes is a few ingredients and a little bit of imagination!

Ingredients and Equipment Needed

To make croutons in your air fryer, follow these steps:

  1. Gather the following ingredients:
    • Bread slices
    • Olive oil or butter
    • Seasonings such as garlic powder, onion powder, dried herbs, or grated Parmesan cheese
  2. You will also need the following tools:
    • An air fryer
    • A sharp knife or kitchen shears to cut the bread into cubes
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
  4. Cut the bread into bite-sized cubes and place them in a bowl.
  5. Drizzle the bread cubes with oil or melted butter.
  6. Sprinkle the desired seasonings over the bread cubes.
  7. Toss the bread cubes in the bowl to evenly coat each cube with oil and seasonings.
  8. Place the coated bread cubes in the basket of the preheated air fryer and spread them out evenly.
  9. Cook the croutons at the recommended temperature for 5-7 minutes.
  10. Open the air fryer and give the croutons a quick stir or shake to ensure even cooking.
  11. Cook the croutons for another 3-5 minutes or until they reach your desired level of crispness.
  12. Keep an eye on the croutons as cooking times can vary depending on your specific air fryer.
  13. Once cooked, enjoy adding the homemade crispy croutons to salads and soups!

Preparing the Bread

Do you want to make the most delicious and crispy croutons in your air fryer? Look no further! We’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide to preparing your homemade croutons. Get your taste buds ready for an amazing flavor!

Firstly, you need dense and crusty bread like baguette or ciabatta. Cut it into bite-sized cubes, making sure they’re all the same size. This helps with even cooking and a crispy texture.

Spread the cubes on a baking sheet or tray in one layer. Let them sit at room temperature for a few hours or overnight. This will dry them out, creating the perfect crunch for your croutons.

For seasoning, drizzle olive oil over the cubes and toss them gently. Sprinkle garlic powder, oregano or basil, salt and pepper. Have fun with the seasoning!

Preheat your air fryer. Put the cubes into the air fryer basket (don’t overcrowd it). Set the temperature to 350 Fahrenheit (175 Celsius), and cook for 5-8 minutes, tossing halfway through. Keep an eye on them—they can go from golden to burnt quickly!

Your homemade croutons are ready! Serve them with salads and soups. Impress your friends with your culinary skills!

Did you know croutons have an interesting history? They originated in ancient Rome, where people made them to use up stale bread. Back then, they were known as ‘crostini’, meaning ‘little crusts’. People used them as toppings and edible plates. Their popularity spread across Europe and made its way into many cuisines. Amazing how these crispy wonders began!

How To Make Croutons In An Air Fryer

Seasoning the Croutons

Croutons with perfect flavor? It’s easy! Here’s a three-step guide.

  1. Pick herbs: Oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary – dried herbs give great aroma!
  2. Spice it up: Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper – yum!
  3. Blend: Mix herbs and spices with melted butter or olive oil. Make sure each crouton is coated evenly.

Want more?

  • Citrus zest: Grate lemons or oranges into the herb-spice mix. Delicious!
  • Parmesan cheese: Sprinkle in some Parmesan for an umami-rich flavor bomb.

Herbs and spices turn croutons into something special. So, get creative and make your yummy croutons that will leave everyone impressed!

Air Fryer Preparation

Ready for crunchy croutons? Start by cutting the bread into cubes. Use any type you like – baguette, sourdough, or wheat. For flavor, toss them with herbs, spices, or chili flakes. Put cubes in a preheated air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding. Shake the basket halfway through.

To make perfect croutons:

  1. Stale bread works best.
  2. Add butter or oil for golden-brown color and richness.
  3. Cut cubes with a serrated knife for a uniform shape.
  4. Experiment with different seasonings and herbs.

Follow these tips for croutons that are crispy outside and soft inside. Enjoy with salads, soups, or as a snack. Bon appétit!

Cooking the Croutons

Transform ordinary bread into scrumptious croutons with a simple yet skilled touch! Unlock your culinary talent and take your salad game to the next level with homemade gems.

  1. Pick Bread: Select day-old bread like baguettes or sourdough for the best crunchy texture.
  2. Cut: Slice the bread into small cubes for even cooking.
  3. Season: Drizzle olive oil and add desired seasonings such as garlic powder, herbs, or Parmesan cheese.

Experiment with flavors to make your croutons extra special. Try chili flakes for a spicy kick or honey for sweetness. Or, get creative like a chef I once saw, who blended smoked paprika and bacon bits to create an amazing flavor explosion! Step up your crouton-making skills and write your recipe!

Flipping and Shaking the Croutons

Flip and shake croutons for a perfect crunch! Follow these steps for golden-brown deliciousness:

  1. Place croutons in the air fryer basket. Make sure they’re spread out evenly after seasoning.
  2. Flip the croutons halfway through cooking time. This helps them brown evenly and get crispy.
  3. Shake the basket gently. This helps heat to circulate and all crumbs cook properly.

Flipping and shaking your croutons while they bake gives perfect results! Keep a close watch, though – they can burn quickly.

Pro Tip: Sprinkle Parmesan, rosemary, or garlic powder on the croutons before baking. This will add an extra yummy flavor to your salads and soups!

Checking for Crispiness

Are your croutons crunchy enough? These steps will help you get it just right!

  1. Check the color: Look for a golden-brown hue.
  2. Listen to the crunch: Squeeze a crouton between your fingers. A satisfying crunch means perfect crispiness.
  3. Feel the texture: Take a bite and notice the crunchiness. Not too hard or soft, but delightful.
  4. Check the moisture: They should be dry and airy, contrasting soups and salads.
  5. Consider the time: Give them cooling time for better crispiness.
  6. Do a taste test: Enjoy them with your favorite dressing.

If they’re not as crispy as desired:

  1. Increase baking time: A few more minutes will do the trick.
  2. Reduce moisture: Make sure the bread cubes are dried before baking.

Follow these tips for perfectly crispy croutons every time. Enjoy those golden nuggets of crunch!

Removing and Storing the Croutons

Store your croutons correctly for them to last! Here’s how:

  1. Transfer them with a spatula or tongs from the air fryer to a clean, airtight container.
  2. Keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  3. Add parchment paper or a silica gel packet to the container for long-term storage.
  4. Avoid mixing different flavors or types of croutons.

My friend’s experience is a reminder of the importance of storage. She put her air-fried croutons in a plastic bag without sealing it properly. In a few days, they became stale and lost their crunch!

Follow these steps for delicious, crunchy croutons that last! Use them to add an extra punch to your salads or soups!

How To Make Croutons In An Air Fryer

Serving Suggestions

Take your crouton game to the next level! Try adding crunch and flavor to a Caesar salad. Or, top soups and stews with your air fryer croutons. Also, serve them alongside a charcuterie board.

Feeling adventurous? Crush croutons for a protein crust. Sweet tooth? Sprinkle cinnamon sugar croutons over ice cream or fruit salads.

Croutons were first created in the 15th century by Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy. The idea was to use up stale bread. Now, they’re popular for salads and soups.


Culinary delights beckon us to explore and experiment with new ingredients and flavors. We recently discovered how to make croutons in an air fryer – creating crunchy treats for salads and soups. Our guide will show you how to make your croutons that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Gather your favorite bread – whole wheat, sourdough, or whatever you like. Cut it into cubes, and coat them with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs or spices. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C) and place cubes in a single layer.

Wait 5-7 minutes as the air fryer works its magic – you’ll know when they’re done by the delicious aroma! Keep an eye on them, as every fryer is unique and may need slight adjustments.

We have a heartwarming tale from one of our readers, Alexa. She wanted to surprise her family with an impressive dinner. She tried making croutons in the air fryer – and it was a hit! The crunchiness elevated the salads to extraordinary, with just a few simple steps.  Now her family says – “Alexa, make some croutons!” whenever they come over!

Now you know how to make croutons in an air fryer! Try different breads and seasonings, and let your imagination loose. Your taste buds will thank you for each crispy bite of delight!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I make croutons in an air fryer?

A: To make croutons in an air fryer, start by cutting bread into cubes. Toss the cubes in olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and any desired herbs or spices. Place the seasoned cubes in the air fryer basket and cook at 375°F for about 5-6 minutes, tossing halfway through, until they become golden and crispy.

Q: Can I use any type of bread for making croutons in an air fryer?

A: Yes, you can use any type of bread for making croutons in an air fryer. White bread, whole wheat bread, sourdough, or even gluten-free bread can be used. Choose a bread that suits your preferences or use stale bread that needs to be used up.

Q: How long can I store homemade croutons?

A: Homemade croutons can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Make sure they are completely cooled before storing to maintain their crispness. If you notice any signs of moisture or staleness, it’s best to discard them.

Q: Can I freeze homemade croutons?

A: Yes, you can freeze homemade croutons. Place them in airtight freezer bags or containers and freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw them at room temperature before using them or re-crisp them in the air fryer for a few minutes.

Q: What are some variations of traditional crouton recipes?

A: There are numerous variations you can try with crouton recipes. You can add grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, dried herbs like thyme or rosemary, or even mix in some spices like paprika or cayenne pepper to give them a kick of flavor.

Q: How else can I use homemade croutons?

A: Homemade croutons can be used in various dishes apart from salads. They can be added to soups, used as a crunchy topping for casseroles, or even enjoyed as a snack on their own. Get creative and use them wherever you want an extra crunch!

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