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5 from 2 votes

Air Fryer Croutons (BEST texture!)

Air fryer croutons are the best of both worlds: crispy on the outside, yet slightly soft on the inside. Seasoned with a simple blend of spices, they are ready in under 10 minutes!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 72kcal


  • 4 cups sourdough bread cut in 1-1 ½ inches; see note 1
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil note 2
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  • Prepare bread- Cut your bread into 1 to 1 ½ inch cubes. Day old bread is easier to cut, if you have fresh bread, you may want to tear it using your hands. You'll need 4 cups of bread cubes for this recipe, which is roughly half of a boule of sourdough.
    bread cubes on cutting board
  • Season bread cubes- Toss the bread cubes in olive oil until evenly coated, then add the garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Toss well.
    bread cubes tossed in oil and spices in bowl with spatula
  • Cook- Pre-heat your air fryer at 400°F/200°C for at least 5 minutes. Add the bread cubes to the basket or tray, and cook for 3-5 minutes*, shaking occasionally. Depending on how closely together your breadcrumbs are positioned, you may need to cook for up to 7-8 minutes.
    *if you are using an air fryer oven, place the croutons on the lowest tray.
    croutons in air fryer before cooking
  • Serve- Croutons are ready when they are golden brown all over (as shown above). Cool slightly before adding to your salad.
    croutons in the air fryer after cooking



1- day old bread cuts easier than fresh, but I don't recommend completely stale bread. You can use sourdough, french bread, baguette, or any sturdy loaf
2- avocado oil would be another good option
  • Store in an open container (uncovered) at room temperature for up to 2 weeks; if you live in a humid environment, you will want to store in a bag or air tight container.
  • It may be possible to freeze them, though I have not tried. If you find them soggy upon thawing, toss them back in the air fryer to crisp up!


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg