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Can you make Toast in the air fryer? (Find out)

The air fryer is an amazing addition to a kitchen when you use it correctly.

Yes, You can easily make toast by using an air fryer and even toast bagels, English muffins, and many other things related to bread. Think of it as a mini-oven.

For amazing flavor, you can add butter to the bread before letting it toast in the air fryer so that it melts with a great aroma.

You might be wondering if toasting bread in the air fryer can work. Yes, it works and turns out fine, even in the basket-style air fryer.

Check out the following video to know more about whether you can make toast bread in the air fryer.

Can you toast bread in the air fryer?

If you wanna know more about making toast with an air fryer, stick with me!

Why use an air fryer for making bread toast?

Bread toasts
Bread toast is a quick and easy breakfast.

As you are aware that air fryer is great for cooking different types of food such as sausages, chicken tenders, and eggs, so it can also toast bread quickly and easily because some air fryers come with a toast function in which all you to do is season your bread and put in the air fryer with some oil or butter and tada your toast is ready!

Here are my reasons to enjoy air frying bread toast.

  • Easy to make – Making bread toast in the air fryer is so easy. You just have to preheat it, place toast in it, and Alas! Your delicious bread toast is ready.
  • Taste Delicious – The crispiness you get from air frying toast cannot be compared to any other toasting method. It comes out perfect every time.
  • Fast process – Bread toast doesn’t take too long to cook in an air fryer, unlike a stove. In this way, you can get yourself a quick breakfast for busy mornings.
  • Hands-free – In this method, you don’t need to check the toast after the interval or keep an eye on it. You just either flip or shake the basket to make sure the toast is cooked properly.

Why use a basket air fryer to toast bread?

Basket-style air fryers are really good for making things crispy and delicious, and by this, I mean every food, like bagel bites or pizza rolls, not only bread and toast.

It is a misconception that you cannot toast bread in the basket-style air fryer, and you have to buy a separate toaster oven to make toast because an air fryer basket can perfectly toast all kinds of foods like bread, English muffins, and bagels. So, don’t waste money on buying a separate toaster oven.

As I understand air fryer, many people might feel uncomfortable making toast in an air fryer because:

Things start to fly

The air fryer works on the convection heat method, and there are hot fans placed inside, which circulate fast, hot air around the food. So, if you put lightweight food inside, it might get picked up by a fan and get blown with air.

A crispy bread toast with jam and butter
The crispy bread toast is here to make your day.

If I talk about bread toast, when you place it in the air fryer, its moisture will be removed, due to which it gets lighter in weight which may lead a toast to fly around the air fryer.

So, if you start hearing funny noises from your air fryer, it means that the bread is flying around and your bread toast is ready. Stop your air fryer and take it out.

Overcrowding the basket

Overcrowding the air fryer basket is always a bad thing for not only toast but for other foods as well.

As you already know, the food needs hot circulation of air to be cooked. Do you know what would happen if you overcrowded the basket with bread?

Yes, you guessed it correctly! Some bread will be toasted from one side only, not on the other side, and chances are, the middle bread wouldn’t be toasted from any side because hot air couldn’t reach it.

So, if you want to toast too much bread, I would recommend you to toast in batches for perfectly and evenly toasted sides.

Cooking frozen items

If you want to toast anything from the freezer, be it bread or any other thing. I would recommend you not to thaw it as it would change its texture which would result in bad taste.

The correct way to cook, preheat or toast any food item is to put it straight from the freezer in the air fryer basket and cook it like that.

Can I use parchment paper to air fry bread toast?

No, there is no need to use parchment paper to air fry bread toast.

Parchment paper is designed for the air fryer by already having holes in it to allow the airflow, which is used for the time when you are sure that food you’re making will create a mess in the air fryer or would stick to the bottom of the basket such as cookies.

But, when making bread toast, you don’t need the parchment paper in the bottom of the basket because when the bread starts to fly around the basket after being done, then the parchment paper will fly too as it is light weighted.

Most importantly, if your bread starts flying around, it won’t damage the air fryer. But, if parchment paper starts to fly around, it will stick to the heating element and might catch fire will be hazardous for you as well.

So, in short, You don’t need the parchment paper to air fry bread toast because this process isn’t gonna be messy.

Which is the best bread to use to toast in the air fryer?

Choosing bread depends upon the preferences. However, you can choose from these to make toast in the air fryer.

  1. Challah
  2. Sourdough
  3. French Bread
  4. Brioche
  5. Plain Ol’ White Bread
toast on a small plate
Different loaves of bread taste different.

How to make Bread toast in an Air fryer?


  • Bread
  • Tongs

For toppings

  • Cream cheese
  • Jelly
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter


  • Step 1 – Preheat the air fryer to 400° F for one minute.
  • Step 2 – Now, put your bread in the air fryer to be toasted.
  • Step 3 – Now set the time to 6 minutes and let it toast at 400° F.
  • Step 4 – You can flip the bread halfway through the cooking or just shake the basket. You can skip this process if you have toppings to add.
  • Step 5 – Once it’s done, take it out and enjoy your crispy bread toast.

To make things easy for you, here are a few tips to consider


  • For perfect crispiness, follow the rule of putting a single layer in the basket. You can use it in batches if needed.
  • The cooking may vary from air fryer to air fryer. So, you can check it with a piece of toast before starting.
  • The cooking time also depends upon the thickness of the bread.
  • If you’re using an air fryer oven to toast the bread, make sure to use the lower rack of the oven, or else you will be left with overcooked or burned bread toast.

You can add the toppings according to your desire, whether savory or sweet. For suggestion, here is the list of the following toppings that go with air fryer bread toast.

  • Avacado + Nutritional yeast + Chilles
  • Almond butter + Banana + Cinnamon
  • Hummus + Cucumber + Sea salt
  • Egg + Pesto + Spinach
  • Strawberries + Goat cheese
  • Honey + Tahini
  • Feta + Roasted red peppers

Nutrition chart of bread toast

Total fat 1g2%
• Saturated fat 1g5%
Sodium 145mg7%
Potassium 51mg2%
Total carbohydrate 5%
• Dietary Fiber 1g4%
• Sugar 2g
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A1%
Vitamin C1%
Nutrition Chart.

What type of air fryer is best for toasting?

There are two types of air fryers on the market: basket air fryers and toaster oven air fryers. Both are ideal for making the best toast ever, and you can’t go wrong with either model.

While the toaster oven type can make more toast at once, the basket type also works well for toasting. Because the basket is typically round, you can only fit in 2-3 slices at a time, but it toasts them so quickly that it makes no difference.

I have a basket-style air fryer and have figured out how to get the perfect slice of toast from it through trial and error.

How can I keep the bread from flying into the fan?

I’ve never had my toast fly around while cooking.

To avoid this, you can use toothpicks or small baking racks to wave the toast down as it airs fries. If you’re using an oven-style air fryer, place the bread between the trays or on the bottom rack.


In summary,

  • Yes, you can make toast in the air fryer.
  • There is no need for parchment paper while making bread toast as there would be no mess.
  • It’s a misconception that you cannot make a toast in the basket-style air fryer.
  • Basket style air fryer makes the most crispy bread toast.

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