Homemade Air Fryer Croutons (Quick + Easy Recipe)

Learn how to make croutons in the air fryer with just 4 simple ingredients. This crouton recipe is so much better than store bought! Use in salads, soups, stuffing or just eat them straight out of the air fryer basket.

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This air fryer crouton recipe is the perfect way to use up stale bread. And it’s super simple too. 

The hardest part of this air fryer crouton recipe may be trying not to eat them all straight out of the air fryer basket. You can use these homemade croutons for caesar salad, tomato soup, cold cucumber soup and chili. They also make a killer stuffing. Or, give them a few pulses in your food processor to make breadcrumbs. 

Don’t have an air fryer? You can also make these baked croutons.

Overhead shot of croutons in white bowl.

Ingredients needed

To make this simple crouton recipe, you’ll need these ingredients: 

The best bread for croutons

You can use any bread that you have on hand to make homemade croutons. Ideally, it will be a day or two old. A hearty loaf, with an airy crumb, like sourdough, makes for extra crispy croutons. But you can also make these croutons with a french baguette, ciabatta, dinner rolls, even hot dog buns. Whatever bread you use, don’t cut off the crust, that’s what gives those croutons their great texture. 

How to make croutons in the air fryer

  • Dice your bread. Cut bread into ¾-inch cubes with a serrated knife. Aim for your pieces to be similar in size so that they’ll cook at the same rate. 
  • Toss with olive oil. Toss bread cubes in olive oil to coat evenly, this will ensure your spices stick. 
  • Sprinkle on spices. Sprinkle spices on the oiled bread cubes and toss to combine. 
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees. 
  • Place the seasoned bread cubes in the air fryer basket and cook for 6-8 minutes, tossing every couple minutes, or until browned and crispy. Serve immediately or store for later.
Bowl of croutons next to air fryer.

How to make seasoned croutons

As written, this crouton recipe is delicious. However, if you’d like to add even more flavor to your croutons, here are some seasoning ideas: 

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Cumin
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Lemon zest
  • Red pepper flakes

How to store

  • Let croutons cool completely then store in a sealed container or ziploc bag. 

How long do they last?

  • Homemade croutons will keep for up to two weeks. 

Can you freeze them? 

  • Yes! You can freeze croutons for up to two months. To use, air fry at 300 degrees until thawed and crispy. 
Overhead shot of croutons in white bowl.

What to serve air fryer croutons with

Substituting crushed croutons for breadcrumbs

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Croutons in air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Croutons

Learn how to make Air Fryer Croutons with just 4 simple ingredients. This crouton recipe is so much better than store bought! Use in salads, soups, stuffing or just eat them straight out of the air fryer basket.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 8 people

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Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees.
  • Add bread cubes to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat. Sprinkle in Italian seasoning, garlic power, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Place the bread cubes in the air fryer basket and cook for 6-8 minutes, tossing every couple minutes, or until browned and crispy. Serve immediately or store for later.

Notes

Store leftover croutons in an airtight container for up to two weeks. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 851mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 5mg
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