How to Toast Bread in the Air Fryer (Under 4 Minutes)

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Let me teach you how to toast bread in the air fryer. You’ll be amazed at how quick and easy it is! 🤯 Fry it, to believe it!

How to toast bread in the air fryer recipe bite shot: 4 slices of toasted bread on a wooden serving board.
How to toast bread in the air fryer recipe bite shot: 4 slices of toasted bread on a wooden serving board.

Can you toast bread in an air fryer?

To give you a quick answer, yes, you can toast any type of bread slice in the air fryer. And you’re not just limited to a humble bread slice; it can also handle bagels or larger slices of baguette.

In this post, I’ll guide you through the process of creating a perfectly golden and crispy air fryer toast.

We’ll also explore ways to make the most of your air fryer’s toasting functions.

Not only can it toast a slice of bread, but you can also level up your breakfast by making grilled cheese, garlic bread, French toast, egg toast, cheese toast, avocado toast and more.

If you’re in a rush, you can go straight to the cooking instructions for the exact cooking time and temperature.

See also: How to Toast Bagel in the Air Fryer

For starters, let’s make a simple toast from your favorite bread slice.

Simple Air Fryer Toast Ingredients

Different types of bread slices: plain bagel, brioche, white, whole wheat.
  • Bread 
  • Butter 
  • Garlic (optional)

📣 You can find the exact measurements and adjust the number of servings in the recipe card down below.

The garlic here is totally optional, but definitely adds a little fancy flair to your normal toast situation! 

Obviously, you can use any type of bread that you want to toast. The sky’s the limit with the bread options here, so get creative!

Just know that depending on the sugar content in the bread, it might toast at a different rate. For example, if you’re toasting cinnamon raisin bread, it will toast faster than regular white sandwich bread.

Video: Can You Toast Bread in an Air Fryer?

Don’t have time to read? We made this short recipe video just for you. 😉

*You can find the exact amount of ingredients and adjust the number of servings in the recipe card below.

How to Toast Bread in the Air Fryer?

Making toast in an air fryer is just as good if not better than using a toaster, and you’ll have beautiful toast in less than 5 minutes!

1. Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).

If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400ºF (204ºC) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food.

You may also skip this step by adding 1-2 minutes to your overall cooking time until you achieve your desired level of toastiness.

2. Spread butter on your bread slice.

Spreading butter to bread slice

If you’d like to add a little garlicky tang, first rub your bread with a clove of garlic. If not, skip straight to buttering one side of the bread.

The butter will help get a really gorgeous color on the toast, and it bakes in so beautifully while in the air fryer (which, by the way, is not something you can do in a toaster 😉).

3. Toast bread in air fryer for 3-4 minutes.

Toasted bread in air fryer

When your air fryer is preheated, add your bread, butter side up, in a single layer and toast for 3-4 minutes or until the toast reaches your desired shade.

If you prefer a lightly toasted bread slice, aim for 2-3 minutes of toasting. For a darker and crispier result, the ideal cooking time would be 4-5 minutes.

I used a 6-quart air fryer to test this recipe. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

4. Serve and enjoy your air fryer toasted bread!

Air fried toasted bread, 4 slices

When your toast is perfectly toasty, remove and serve immediately! 

If you are using the garlic, a great way to finish the toast would be with fresh tomato bruschetta!

Combine freshly chopped tomatoes with basil, olive oil and salt, and you’ve got a mind-blowingly-delicious and fresh topping that is perfect for a warm summer day! 

You could even use your toast as part of BLT! 🤩

Simply make the bacon in the air fryer first, then toast your bread. Add lettuce and tomato and you’ve got the world’s best sandwich!

Suggested Cooking Times & Temperature

As a general rule, always preheat your air fryer for a faster and more accurate cooking time. If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat button, simply run it without food for 4-5 minutes.

Toast LevelCooking TimeTemperatureNotes
Light2-3 minutes400°F (204°C)preheated
Medium3-4 minutes400°F (204°C)preheated
Extra Crispy4-5 minutes400°F (204°C)preheated
Approximate toasted bread cooking times on a preheated air fryer at 400°F (204°C).

Please note that the provided cooking times are estimates. It’s important to consider that smaller air fryers may cook faster due to the proximity of the heating element to the food. For reference, I conducted these tests using a 6-quart air fryer.

To achieve the best results, it is recommended to start with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

For frozen bread slices, simply add 2-3 minutes.

More Ways to Enjoy an Air Fryer Toast

As promised, here are a few more toast recipes that you might want to consider trying out.

French Toast

French toast is a classic breakfast delight that shares a lot of similarities with bread pudding. It’s a custard-soaked slice of bread, air-fried and served with powdered sugar or maple syrup.
Check out the full recipe of Air Fryer French Toast here →

French Toast Sticks

What's better than French toast? French toast sticks! They make fantastic breakfast dippers. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar and serve with caramel or chocolate dipping sauce for a delightful treat.
Check out the full recipe of Air Fryer French Toast Sticks here →

Cheesy Egg Toast

We have the perfect solution for the person who wants their eggs and toast, even on the busiest Monday morning—Air Fryer Egg Toast!
Check out the full recipe of Air Fryer Egg Toast here →

Breakfast Bagels

Breakfast, lunch, snack—air fried bagels are good ANY time of the day, especially when they’re perfectly toasted and slathered with butter, jam, cream cheese, or made into a sandwich!
Read the full instructions for toasting a bagel in the air fryer here →

Garlic Bread

Air fryer Garlic bread or toast goes with just about everything! Herby, buttery, and loaded with rich garlic flavor, it’s a classic accompaniment to a plate of saucy pasta or crisp chicken parmesan.
Check out the full recipe of air fryer garlic bread here →

Yogurt Toast

Yogurt Toast is almost like a cross between toast and French toast, and it is so much more delicious than you could imagine!It is also a really quick and easy option that packs some good nutrition, making it a great breakfast in a pinch for you or the kids!
Check out the full recipe of air fryer yogurt toast here →

Texas Toast

A perfect accompaniment to barbecue, fried chicken or steak, Air Fryer Texas Toast is a buttery, double-wide slice of bread that often has garlic and herbs spread on and grilled into it.
Check out the full recipe of air fryer Texas toast here →

Grilled Cheese

We have taken some of the best tips, tricks, and ingredients from grilled cheese recipes and combined them to make a knock-out air fryer grilled cheese sandwich that’s extra crispy, melty and golden.
Check out the full recipe of air fryer grilled cheese here →

Cheese Toast

Cheese toast is another perfect example of bread and cheese coming together to make something beautiful. It is as simple as it sounds and can be served and enjoyed however you can imagine.
Check out the full recipe of air fryer cheese toast here →

Avocado Toast

Air Fryer Avocado Toast is one of the tastiest and easiest breakfasts. With mainly three ingredients, it's ready in under 10 minutes.
Check out the full recipe of air fryer avocado toast here →

Freezing & Storage

We don’t recommend freezing your toasted bread.. Instead freeze the bread.

Freezing: Bread can be frozen in a whole loaf, wrapped in plastic, for up to 3 months. To defrost, simply leave in the refrigerator overnight.

Fridge: Allow your toast to cool before transferring it to a zip-top bag or airtight container for up to 5 days.

Reheating: To reheat your toast, simply add to an air fryer preheated to 375ºF for 1-2 minutes or until hot and re-crisped!

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Silicone Tongs

STOP using metal utensils on your air fryer! It’ll 100% mess up the non-stick coating. Protect your air fryer and grab silicone tongs now – the must-have tool every air fryer owner swears by. 😉

Toast in Air Fryer FAQs

Can you toast bread in an air fryer?

Yes, you can toast bread in an air fryer. It will only take less than 5 minutes to toast your favorite slice of bread in the air fryer.

How to make toast in an air fryer?

To make toast in the air fryer, first preheat the air fryer to 400°F (204°C). Then spread butter on one side of your bread slices, if desired. Toast for 3-4 minutes until golden and crispy.

How long does it take to toast bread in an air fryer?

It takes 3-4 minutes to toast a bread slice in a preheated air fryer at 400°F (204°C). If you choose not to preheat your air fryer, simply add 1-2 minutes. However, constantly check your toasts to prevent them from getting burnt.

Air fryer toast, 4 slices

How to Toast Bread in the Air Fryer (Under 4 Minutes)

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Whether you're making a simple air fryer toast, grilled cheese, or breakfast bagels, we've got you covered. Discover the secret to achieving perfectly golden and crispy toasts in just a few minutes. 😉
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 204 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices bread any type
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened or spreadable
  • 1 clove garlic optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (204°C).
    Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).
  • Get your bread slices ready. Any type of bread will do. Spread butter on one side of each bread slice, if desired.
    Spreading butter to bread slice
  • Air fry toasts for 3-4 minutes until golden and the sides become crispy.
    Toasting bread slices in the air fryer
  • Serve and enjoy your air fryer toasted bread!
    Air fried toasted bread, 4 slices

Video

Notes

  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 400°F (204°C) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food.
  • You can also skip preheating by adding 1-2 minutes to your cooking time. Increment gradually, to prevent burning the toasts.
  • Lightly Toasted: 2-3 Minutes
  • Medium Toasted: 3-4 Minutes
  • Extra Crispy: 4-5 Minutes
  • To quickly soften your butter, get a ramekin or mug and fill it with hot water. Then, immediately dump the water and add your butter and cover it with a lid or plastic wrap. The residual heat will soften the butter in a few minutes.
  • Another way to soften your butter is to microwave it at 30% power in 5-second increments. If you see the sides melting, mix the butter until it reaches the desired softness.
  • Do not leave the toasts in the air fryer for too long as they can quickly become burnt. Remove them right away once they are golden brown and crispy.
  • I used a 6-quart Instant Pot Vortex Plus to test toasted bread in the air fryer. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. A smaller air fryer will cook more quickly. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg
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