Air Fryer Croutons

Whenever there’s leftover or stale bread, just repurpose it into crispy, crunchy, savory croutons!

This recipe for air fryer croutons has multiple seasoning options, perfect for topping soups, salads, and stews.

Air Fryer Croutons in a bowl

Air Fryer Croutons

The air fryer can do amazing things! Air fryers circulate air around foods, cooking them and making the outside crispy, with far less oil if they were baked or fried. Plus, air fryers save time and cleanup!

While I often make homemade croutons, I love cooking them in the air fryer and not heating up the oven.

3 Ingredient Croutons

BREAD Honestly, ANY bread you love is the best bread for croutons! Denser bread should be kept in smaller cubes but it will take longer to bake, while lighter, airy breads can be cut larger and won’t take as long to make. French, Sourdough, rye, or Challah, even seeded breads make great croutons!

OIL Olive oil adds flavor by itself and also helps the seasonings to stick to the croutons. A combination of butter and olive oil makes them taste even better!

SEASONINGS Salt and pepper are all it takes for crunchy croutons, but a dash of garlic powder and some dried rosemary gives them a rustic flavor. For heavily seasoned croutons, toss the bread cubes with butter and our homemade Italian Seasoning, or for a spicy version for soup, toss the breadcrumbs in adobo seasoning. Or, try a light seasoned salt.

cut up Air Fryer Croutons

How to Make Air Fryer Croutons

  1. Cut bread into desired cube shapes. Place bread into a large bowl.
  2. Toss bread with olive oil & desired seasonings. Put cubes in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook croutons in the air fryer for about 5 to 10 minutes, shaking occasionally until they are dried out & browned.

Stovetop: Place a single layer of croutons in a skillet and sauté them in oil until they are very lightly browned on all sides. Shake the pan to turn the croutons over.

Oven: Place croutons in a single layer on a cookie tray and bake them at 250°-300°F until they are crispy but not overly browned. Croutons burn easily so watch them, turning and tossing frequently.

seasoned Air Fryer Croutons in the air fryer

Storing Croutons

Once they are completely cooled, allow the croutons to dry about 24 hours or so to ensure they’re completely dried out. If they have any moisture at all, they will mold or soften in a sealed container.

Keep dried croutons in a zippered bag or airtight container at room temperature. They will keep for about 7 days.

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cooked Air Fryer Croutons in the air fryer

Air Fryer Croutons

Crispy & crunchy air fryer croutons are the perfect addition to any homemade soup or salad!
Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 48
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Cut bread slices into cubes and toss with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Place in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes shaking the basket every two minutes to ensure all sides get browned.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate based on 6 cups of bread cubes, 1/2 cup per serving. This will vary based on the size of bread.

Stovetop: Place a single layer of croutons in a skillet and sauté them in oil until they are very lightly browned on all sides. Shake the pan to turn the croutons over.

Oven: Place croutons in a single layer on a cookie tray and bake them at 250°-300°F until they are crispy but not overly browned. Croutons burn easily so watch them, turning and tossing frequently.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 48 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryer Croutons in a bowl with a title
Air Fryer Croutons in the air fryer with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Air Fryer Butternut Squash – Sweet & Savory!

Air Fryer Butternut Squash is the side dish that complements any entrée or the perfect addition to your favorite recipes from butternut squash soup to risotto.

This is one of the easiest ways to make this sweet winter squash.

cooked Air Fryer Butternut Squash on a white plate with seasoning

An Easier Way to Cook Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is hard to peel and cut when it’s raw so we skip that step in this recipe and cook it in halves. If your squash is too hard to cut in half, poke it with a fork and microwave it for 3-4 minutes first (I do the same with spaghetti squash if it’s too hard to cut).

  • Make sure your squash is small enough to fit into your air fryer, if not it can be cut into quarters.
  • Season with cinnamon and salt or even just salt & pepper.
  • Adding a touch of brown sugar will add sweetness and help with caramelization.

top view of Air Fryer Butternut Squash in the air fryer

How to Make Butternut Squash in the Air Fryer

  1. Cut butternut squash in half vertically and scoop out the seeds and pulp.
  2. Brush the cut halves with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon then salt and pepper (per the recipe below). Sprinkle brown sugar on top.
  3. Cook, cut side up in the Air Fryer until tender. Remove and slice into 1” thick pieces (they’ll look like half-moons) or scoop out and mash. Serve with a pat of butter.

Cubed Butternut Squash

If you purchase cubed butternut squash, it can be roasted in the air fryer as well. Toss with seasonings per the recipe below. Turn the air fryer on to 380°F. Cook 10 minutes, shake the basket, and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until tender.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash in the air fryer after cooking

Ways to Enjoy This Recipe

Use this squash for any recipe that requires roasted butternut squash.

  • Serve it right out of the air fryer alongside baked pork chops.
  • Blend it with broth and add a splash of cream to make soup!
  • It’s perfect added to salads (especially our fave winter salad).
  • Toss it with cooked grains (like farro) for a great side or salad.

Savory Squash Dishes

Did you make this Air Fryer Butternut Squash? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

close up of Air Fryer Butternut Squash on a plate with a fork

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

This butternut squash is perfectly seasoned with cinnamon & brown sugar, then air fried until tender!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 127
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash (approx 1 ½ pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar optional

Instructions

  • Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp.
  • Brush squash with olive oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and season with salt & pepper to taste. Sprinkle brown sugar on top.
  • Place in the air fryer, cut side up and cook at 350°F for 40-50 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Slice or mash and top with butter if desired.

Notes

If your squash is too large to fit into your air fryer, cut it in quarters.

Cook time can vary based on the size of the squash. 

Change the seasonings as desired (and depending on how you will be using the squash). This squash can replace roasting for any recipe needing roasted squash.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 127 | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 19931IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryer Butternut Squash with a title
Air Fryer Butternut Squash cooked in the air fryer with a title
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Originally posted at Spend with Pennies