Air fryer pretzel bites are fun after school or party snacks to make at home! Using just 3 ingredients we have an easy pretzel recipe, plus a honey wheat homemade pretzel dough you can try as well!
I craved these while I was pregnant. Didn’t have a hot air machine way back then but wish I did.
My favorite place to get them is Auntie Annes in the mall, but we live in the middle of nowhere and there isn’t one. So I created them…
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- It has temp. and times for making the best frozen foods for air fryer too.
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Air fryer soft pretzels
Our homemade pretzel dough is quite easy. There is only a 10 minute rest time necessary and no rising required.
I will share our no yeast pretzel bites recipe below too. 😉
Here are a few questions you might have before you get started on these:
Can you air fry pretzels?
Yes, we will show you how to make homemade pretzels in air fryer here today. Make them whole or as snacks like our pretzel bites. Either way they are great.
Can you cook soft pretzels in an air fryer?
Yes, we will show you how to do that here. Use homemade pretzel dough with no rising required and they’re a great snack.
Can you air fry frozen pretzels?
You can. There are 2 ways. You can microwave as directed and then crisp for 1 minute in your air fryer. Or put in and bake at 300 degrees F for 3 minutes.
Don’t these just look amazing?? My kids and I just love them and never last long in our house.
Ninja Foodi Pretzels
We have used a version of our bread in a bag dough and made honey wheat homemade pretzel bites in the air fryer that way as well.
There’s another “cheater” way of making pretzels with a package of refrigerated crescent rolls too. Here’s how you make those.
Air fryer pretzels
This is what you’ll need to make crescent roll air fryer pretzels
- Air fryer – we have the Ninja Foodi air fryer and pressure cooker
- Container of crescent rolls
Non stick spray is needed for just about everything cooked in this basket. I like olive oil spray specifically.
Want to make larger homemade soft pretzels? We have a recipe for that traditional dough too.
Can you bake pretzel bites in the oven?
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees for these honey wheat pretzel bites and bake for about 8-10 min. or until golden brown
- For the crescent roll pretzels follow directions on the package but check after the min time to ensure they don’t get too brown
- Food is lower in fat because there is no need for oil
- Dishes cooked in an air fryer come out crispy on the outside but still tender and soft on the inside
- Using an air fryer cuts down on cook time since you don’t need to wait for oil to heat up
- It just tastes better – no oily after taste to food
- Air fryer cinnamon rolls sticky buns are incredible
These air fryer breakfast stuffed peppers are low carb, keto friendly and a yummy breakfast
If you’re ready to create more in your new machine too here is a printable air fryer cook times chart.
A quick step by step is below but there’s a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post too.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Air Fryer Pretzels
- Make pretzel dough
Add warm water and yeast until dissolved. If boiling water, allow to cool until it’s still warm but cool enough to touch before adding. Add brown sugar and table salt to bowl and mix with flour after that.
Add 1 cup at a time using a stand mixer and dough hook. May need a bit more than 3 cups, add a bit at a time until dough is no longer sticky.
Leave dough in bowl and allow to rest for 10 minutes untouched.
- Create bites
On a floured surface roll the dough into “snakes” and then slice into bite size pieces. Make sure they’re all the same size so they cook evenly.
- Boil water
In a pot boil water and baking soda, then put bites (10 at a time) into liquid for 20 seconds. Use slotted spoon to remove, place on lined baking sheet with parchment paper on top. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Air fry
Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray and cook at 390 degrees F for 5 minutes until browned. Brush with butter and serve.
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Super easy recipe to follow and print out if you’d like is below.
Air Fryer Pretzel Bites
- Start by combining the water and yeast in a small bowl, allowing the yeast to dissolve. Add brown sugar and salt, whisk until well combined.
- In a bowl slowly add flour to yeast mixture 1 cup at a time. Use a stand mixer preferably with a dough hook for this. Add more flour, 1/4 c at a time until dough is no longer sticky.
- Once this is achieved allow dough to sit in the bowl for 10 minutes.
- Lightly flour a cutting board and cut dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into "snakes" and slice each one into "bites". Make sure all pieces are the same size.
- In a pot bring your 4 c water and baking soda to a boil. Then put 10 pieces at a time into the water and remove after 20 seconds with a slotted spoon.
- Put these pieces on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper on top. Once they're all done sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
- Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes.
- Spray air fryer basket with non stick cooking spray and place some in with space in between so they can rise.
- Cook for 5 minutes or until they're as brown as you'd like. Take out and brush melted butter on the top before serving.