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How to Make Toast in an Air Fryer

Did you know that you can make toast in an air fryer? I’m serious. You absolutely can. And it’s super easy!

2 slices of air fried toast with a side of butter

It’s a great way to make perfect toast every single time.

You can count on the timer letting you know when it’s done, so you don’t have to worry about burning it.

buttered toast with a side of homemade butter

Air Frying

If you have limited space on your counter, your air fryer can take over the job of several of your appliances.

We’ve chosen to use it for toasting, reheating, and cooking many of our foods, mainly because it’s so easy to use and clean.

My husband loves Texas toast in an air fryer. It’s quick, easy, and renders crusty, buttery toast that bursts with flavor at every bite.

I love the fact that my air fryer makes delicious toast. It’s also good for English muffins, garlic toast, cinnamon toast, and bagels.

Ingredients

Making toast in your air fryer only requires one ingredient: bread. Yep, that’s it.

You can use any type of bread you like. This time, I wanted toast for myself, so I used my favorite gluten-free bread.

2 slices of bread on a plate

I’ve also made it with whole wheat bread for my husband and French bread when he wants something a little thicker. It really doesn’t matter at all.

And as I mentioned above, the best way to make Texas toast is in an air fryer. So whether you’re making it from scratch or toasting it from the freezer, you’ll absolutely love how it turns out.

If you want to add butter before toasting the bread, that’s fine. But wherever you put the butter will prevent the bread from toasting.

That’s why I like to butter it afterward. Then every bite of it has the crunch that I love in my toast.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make Toast in an Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 400˚ F. This is a step you can skip after you get a feel for how quickly your air fryer toasts the bread. However, in the beginning, it’s always best to be precise.

Place the bread in a single layer an ungreased air fryer tray and air fry it for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. I’ve noticed that regular whole wheat bread toasts more quickly than gluten-free bread.

2 slices of bread in an air fryer basket

Flip the bread and air fry for another 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until it reaches the level of golden brown you prefer.

I like medium golden toast.

flipping the bread with red tongs

The cook time will vary based the type of air fryer you have, the type of bread you use, and the thickness of your bread. 

I recommend cooking on a slightly lower temperature (375* F) for thicker bread and leaving it in the air fryer a minute longer.

For thin bread, check it halfway through the air frying cycle. You can also turn it down to 375 degrees F to keep it from burning.

2 slices of toast in an air fryer

Making Toast in Your Air Fryer

Whether you’re making air fryer Texas toast, air fryer cinnamon toast, toasted garlic bread, or just plain toast, you’ll love the fact that you don’t need a toaster oven or pop-up toaster. It super easy and eliminates the need for more gadgets on your kitchen counter.

I like to slather some of my homemade butter on the toast. The way I make it, the butter is lower in sodium than salted butter but has more flavor than unsalted butter.

buttered toast on a plate with a side of butter

If you have any day-old bread (or stale bread as my mother used to say), don’t throw it away. Make this crispy French toast in your air fryer.

You can make an easy breakfast with a piece of toast and some fresh fruit. Sometimes I add a little bit of jam or cream cheese.

toast with butter and strawberry jam

Or you can make this omelet for more protein. Just pour the egg mixture into your skillet, add a few vegetables, and in a matter of minutes, it will be done.

When I’m in a hurry and need to eat on the run, I’ll spread some peanut butter between two slices of toast that have been air fried and take it with me.

Some air fryers have a toast function, but mine doesn’t. I manually put it on air fry and select the temperature stated in my recipe.

What to Do with Leftover Toast

If you make too much toast, which I often do, put it in a freezer storage bag or other airtight container and put it in the freezer. 

2 pieces of toast with a side of homemade butter

You’ll have breadcrumbs next time you need them. Use them as-is or sprinkle a little garlic powder or Italian seasoning on them for more flavor. It’s such a delicious way to save money and not waste food.

More Air Fryer Recipes

It’s a great option for anyone who does a lot of cooking. There are different types of air fryers.

We have a convection oven, a toaster air fryer oven, and a basket style air fryer. All of them use convection, which is what we know as air frying.

All of them have a heating element and a fan that circulates the hot air. My preference for true air fried food is the basket style.

Here are some of my favorite foods cooked in an air fryer:

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin – Pork tenderloin is such an easy thing to cook in your air fryer. It’s browned and crispy on the outside and flavorful and juicy on the inside. Mmm, so good!

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – One way to get the kids to eat their vegetables is to wrap them in bacon. Because everything is better with bacon, right?

Sweet Potato Fries – Sweet potatoes are delicious as a side dish, and these fries are super easy to make! You can eat them as-is or add your favorite toppings. Sometimes I like to sprinkle a little cinnamon over them for even more flavor.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders – These delicious chicken tenders are the perfect appetizer, but they’re also a wonderful main course. It’s completely up to you how to serve them. You can’t go wrong!

Country Style Ribs – Whether it’s raining or you feel like cooking indoors, when you want ribs, you can make them in your air fryer!

Blueberry Muffins – Yes, you read that right. I make muffins in my air fryer, and that’s my favorite way to cook them. They come out perfect every single time!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños – Spicy food lovers will love these delicious appetizers that are perfect for any occasion.

Final Thoughts

It’s easy to make toast in an air fryer, so you really don’t need a toaster. In fact, having an air fryer will eliminate the need for several other appliances.

air fried toast with and without butter and jam

Some foods have enough fat in them, so you don’t have to use any additional oil. However, if the food doesn’t have enough fat, you can use olive oil, avocado oil, or any other cooking oil.

I don’t recommend using a cooking spray that has an aerosol propellant. That’s because it might damage the nonstick surface of the air fryer basket.

The good news is that not only is your air fryer a convenience you’ll love, but it’s also easy to clean afterward.

Whether it’s breakfast time or you’re making something for dinner, you’ll find yourself reaching for your air fryer more often than not.

air fried toast with a side of homemade butter

How to Make Toast in an Air Fryer

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Air fried toast is easy to make, and cleanup is a breeze!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of any type of bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400˚ F. 
  2. Place the bread in a single layer in an ungreased air fryer basket. Air fry it for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.
  3. After one side is golden brown, flip the bread and air fry it for another 1 to 2 minutes or until it reaches the color you like for your toast.
  4. That’s it! Now you can enjoy some delicious toast from an air fryer!

Notes

Most gluten-free bread takes longer to toast than flour-based bread.

Learn how quickly your air fryer cooks. Mine might be a little different from yours, so don’t be afraid to check on the food before the timer goes off.

This recipe is for standard sliced bread. Toast thick bread on 375˚ F for a longer period of time. Toast thin bread on 375˚ F for a shorter period of time

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 41Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 76mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Trudie Lewis

Saturday 16th of July 2022

Easy!

southernhomeexpress

Sunday 17th of July 2022

Hi Trudie. I agree, and I love easy!

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