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Air Fryer Homemade Croutons Easy Recipe

Air Fryer Homemade Croutons Recipe is a simple and tasty recipe for making crispy and fragrant bread squares.

This is a recipe you can make in very few minutes, thanks to the air fryer!

air fryer homemade croutons

Crispy inside and soft outside, these Air Fryer Homemade Croutons succeed in enriching a simple soup or salad by making it even better and tastier. 

Air Fryer Homemade Croutons The Best Recipe

Air Fryer Homemade Croutons are a great idea to recycle the stale and dry bread that everyone inevitably finds in the house, and usually ends up throwing away.

Stale bread becomes very crispy when cooked, so it is ideal for our croutons!

Flavor the bread croutons as you like, depending on the dishes you will be preparing.

Simple Homemade Croutons with olive oil, like these I prepared for example, are ideal for this vegetarian creamy soup with broccoli. Or this instant pot vegetable beef soup for a meat lover’s soup.

Rosemary-flavored croutons, on the other hand, are ideal to accompany fresh orange salad

Homemade Croutons with soup

Ingredients Needed

These are the main ingredients you need for this recipe.

For the step-by-step directions and measurements, scroll down to our printable recipe card. 

  • Homemade bread, but you can use any bread you like
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper

How To Cook These Air Fryer Homemade Croutons

Cut the bread into slices about 1 centimeter thick, remove the crust if you prefer (I leave it), and then cut the slices into cubes.

How to cut bread for Croutons
seasoned bread

Transfer the bread to a bowl, add the oil, salt, pepper and herbs and mix carefully. 

Transfer the seasoned bread to the air fryer.

In this recipe we do not need to preheat the air fryer. 

And cook for about 5 minutes, remembering to shake them halfway through cooking.

After 5 minutes your Air Fryer Homemade Croutons will be ready to enjoy.

No Air Fryer? Make Homemade Croutons In Your Oven

Homemade Croutons  oven

If you want to bake the croutons in the oven: place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake in a preheated oven at 200° for about 10 minutes or until golden brown 2, stirring occasionally. 

Recipe Variations

Parmesan cheese croutons: create super delicious tasting croutons.

When you season them, add grated parmesan cheese.

  • Have you ever heard of sweet croutons?

A recipe my mom used to make for me as a kid, not with an air fryer though!

Cut the bread into cubes or into strips, and season with melted butter, cook the bread for 5 minutes in the air fryer.

And as soon as it is ready and still warm, add a couple of teaspoons of sugar and mix well.

I assure you it is delicious and perfect for a quick sweet snack.

How To Serve

air fryer homemade croutons

Try one of these great serving ideas:

Want to enrich a simple salad or soup?

Make these Air Fryer Homemade Croutons and season them with rosemary.

They will give a special touch to your side salad or soup.

  • Are you hungry but it is still too early for dinner?

In 5 minutes you’ll have your snack ready!

  • Friends showed up at home and you don’t know what to offer with a drink? 

Make these Air Fryer Homemade Croutons, perhaps in different flavors. 

 Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep homemade croutons crispy?

You can store them for a week in a cool, dry place inside a tightly closed container.

They will stay super crispy

Can I freeze home made croutons?

I do not recommend it.

But one thing you can do is freeze the bread already cut into cubes, so when you need homemade croutons, just season the bread and cook them.

What kind of bread do you use to make croutons?

Leftover bread is the best.

Alternatively, you can also use whole wheat bread or loaf bread.

French bread works very well too.

How to store leftovers?

The bread croutons remain crispy and fragrant for as long as 7 days inside an airtight glass jar.

Recipe Tips

To make croutons always use bread that is 2 to 3 days old, because the harder it is, the more difficulty you will have cutting it into slices.

air fryer homemade croutons


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Air Fryer Homemade Croutons
Yield: 2 people

Air Fryer Homemade Croutons Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Air Fryer Homemade Croutons Recipe, - delicious flavored croutons.


  • 3 to 4 Slices of homemade bread
  • 3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper
  • Chopped parsley
  • 1 Teaspoon oregano


  1. Cut the bread into cubes making sure they are about the same size.
  2. Place the bread chunks in a bowl, sprinkle in 3 teaspoons of olive oil, salt and spices, to taste; I often use oregano and parsley, and mix gently.
  3. Lay the bread cubes directly on the basket of the air fryer.
  4. Shake lightly and bake at 180° C (350° F) for 5 minutes; while baking, a couple of times open and shake the croutons slightly.
  5. The croutons will be ready to enjoy!


The advice is always not to overlap foods in the basket, especially when you need to give crispness.

If you have a lot of them, you can cook them in several rounds.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1095mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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