Air Fryer Croutons

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If you have never made your own croutons, you are completely missing out! Homemade croutons take any salad to the next level, and they take only minutes to make. It’s also a great way to use up stale bread, and only requires a few ingredients. And the best part is, you can make them in your air fryer.

I chose to use my air fryer for this, but if you don’t have one, you can bake these, or even use a frying pan. Any method you decide to use, still makes a great crouton.

The first step is to cut your bread into cubes. I like a larger crouton, but make sure not to make it too large where they are hard to eat. The more stale the bread, the smaller you can cut them. I prefer my croutons to be about 1/2-1 inch cubes.

Add your cubes to your zip top bag, along with the oil and spices. Shake the bag until the cubes are well coated. Add them to the air fryer, and fry for about 7-8 minutes at 390 degrees. Let them cool before serving them on your favorite salad.

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can also pan fry or bake these croutons. When you pan fry them, it requires a little more care; pretty consistent tossing so one side doesn’t burn. I like the texture of them pan fried, as they are crispy on the outside, and softer in the center. If you choose to bake them, preheat to 400 degrees, and lay them on a sprayed baking sheet. Bake them until they are crispy, maybe around 20 minutes, stirring once.

What can you do with these croutons? Try them on my BLT salad. Find that recipe here. If salad isn’t your thing, try them on my Easy Tomato Basil Soup!

Air Fryer Croutons

The secret to a really great salad are these homemade croutons.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 6
Calories 100 kcal


  • 1 Air Fryer
  • 1 zip top bag
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Bread knife
  • Cutting board


  • 2 Cups Chopped bread Use stale or leftover bread. I used half of an Italian loaf
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Seasoned salt


  • Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees.
    Cut your stale bread into cubes. I prefer a larger crouton.
    To your zip top bag, add the bread cubes, olive oil and seasonings. I chose to use garlic powder, pepper and seasoned salt, but you can season your croutons anyway you would like! Toss in the bad until the cubes are fully coated in oil and spices.
    Add to your air fryer and fry for about 7-8 minutes. Let cool before serving. You can store these in an open container on the counter so they stay crispy.
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