These air fryer croutons are tossed with oil and a garlic-herb seasoning blend, then air fried to golden brown perfection. Get ready to step up your soup and salad game!

A plate with Air Fryer Croutons.

Don’t have an air fryer? Make these 3-ingredient baked croutons instead.

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How To Make Air Fryer Croutons

This recipe for homemade croutons is so simple, you’ll never want to buy them from the store again. Plus, they’re ready in under 15 minutes!

  • Cut the bread into cubes: Cut the slices of bread into one-inch cubes.
  • Season the bread cubes: Place the bread cubes in a bowl and toss them with the oil and seasonings until evenly coated.
  • Air fry the croutons: Preheat the air fryer to 380°F. Arrange the croutons in a single layer in the basket and cook for 6-8 minutes, shaking halfway through.

Best Kinds of Bread To Use

Making croutons is the perfect way to use up stale bread — and just about any kind of bread works! Here are our favorite loaves for truly artisanal homemade croutons.

  • Sourdough: The tang and airiness of sourdough bread is unmatched. Go with a whole wheat sourdough for more heartiness.
  • Miche: Miche (country bread) is an all-around favorite for its classic yeast flavor.
  • French bread: Use a loaf of French bread for extra-crusty croutons.

Ingredient Variations

Croutons are incredibly simple and versatile. Experiment with any of these ingredient swaps to adjust the flavor of the croutons to your liking.

  • Oil: We love the fruitiness of extra virgin olive oil, but feel free to use avocado oil for a more neutral flavor. If you want to get fancy, try a drizzle of truffle oil.
  • Butter: Substitute the oil for melted butter for rich and buttery croutons.
  • Seasoning: Get creative with a mix of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or ranch seasoning. For herby croutons, use freshly chopped parsley, thyme, or rosemary. Or, keep it simple with salt and pepper.
  • Cheese: Add umami flavor with grated Parmesan cheese.
Air Fryer Croutons on a plate.

Tips for the Best Homemade Croutons

These croutons are unlike any store-bought croutons you’ve tried — perfectly crunchy without breaking your teeth. Follow these tips to ensure your croutons (and teeth) stay in one piece!

  • Use day-old bread. Although it may seem contradictory, stale bread makes the freshest-tasting croutons. Slice up that loaf that’s been sitting on your counter to guarantee a satisfying crunch.
  • Opt for thick slices. For perfectly cubed croutons, aim for one-inch thick slices of bread. Thin slices work too — just keep in mind that the cook time will decrease.
  • Tear the bread by hand. This is a trick for extra-crispy, rustic croutons. Instead of slicing the bread into cubes, rip it by hand to create uneven edges which hold onto the seasoning and crisp up wonderfully.
  • Avoid overcrowding the basket. Air fryers use hot air circulation to cook food, so it’s imperative to allow enough room between croutons for even crisping. Place the croutons in a single layer in the basket and if needed, air fry them in multiple batches.

Ways To Serve

Crunch away on these air fryer croutons as a snack, or use them to top your favorite soups and salads. They’re delicious in a bowl of tomato basil soup, creamy chicken wild rice soup, or salmon chowder. Are you in the mood for a salad? Sprinkle the croutons over a classic garden salad, Caesar salad, or arugula Caprese salad.

Hot tip: Throw leftover croutons in a food processor to make homemade seasoned bread crumbs!


Homemade croutons are best enjoyed within a few days. If you don’t quite manage to finish them all in that time, don’t fret — these croutons stay fresh for up to two weeks! Allow the croutons to cool completely, then store at room temperature in an airtight container or ziplock bag.

Hot tip: Refresh stale croutons by heating them in the oven at 400°F for a few minutes.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.