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How to Make Toast in Air Fryer

How to make toast in air fryer or Ninja Foodi toast! If you don’t have a toaster this is how to brown bread perfectly for breakfast. You can even bake homemade loaves of air fryer bread first if you love homemade.


Toast in air fryer was a game changer for us when we were traveling in an RV. We didn’t have a toaster, to save space, and figured out that we could do it all in our Ninja Foodi. I forgot all about it until now, but thought I’d share this super easy air fryer recipe that helped us so much back when we were traveling. (post may contain affiliate links present)

Air Fryer Toast

You could use any brand of machine or toaster oven for this. I have a Cosori, AirWave but for this I used my 2 drawer Ninja Foodi dual zone machine. You don’t need much, same as if you were to bake toast in the oven. That is another variation you could follow if that is the only heat source you had.

Ninja Foodi Toast

If you have a rather large machine you can make a few at a time, smaller can only handle 1 or 2 slices of bread at a time. You can toast bagels in air fryer too this same way. If large they may take 1 more minute but a great option if you are traveling.

If you love easy air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Toast in the Air Fryer

This is how to make your pieces plain. Now you can go a a step further and into an actual meal like our Pizza Toast which is incredible too.

What kind of bread is best for toast?

I personally love the thick slices that Artisan from Sara Lee offers. It isn’t that much more expensive than any other types of bread or loaves but is great for this as well as french toast. If you prefer sourdough I’d choose a smaller loaf or you’ll need to slice it in half to fit nicely. All about homemade white bread? Use that!

Can you toast bread in an air fryer?

Yes, we will show you how to do just that here. Why would you bother doing this? Well like I said above it came in really handy when it was the only device we had and were making a lot of RV meals. You can not only add butter but make air fryer cheese toast in it too by laying a slice of Kraft slices right on top, same timing.

Want to use this same idea for a heartier meal? Brush some sriracha mayo on the outside, load the middle up with prepared tuna and a slice of cheese!

Air fryer tuna melt is created! OMG were these so amazing when we were famished after hiking all day long. Here are a few other ideas as we are speaking about different breads;

  1. You can bake air fryer garlic rolls inside using frozen dough
  2. Make a small bundt of cornbread in air fryer to serve with a bowl of chili
  3. And did you know that you can even bake small individual loaves of air fryer zucchini bread in this baby?

I know, all the things are possible. We will start simple though and then you can go on from there and try the others listed above.

Air Fryer Toast

How Long to Toast Bread in Air Fryer

If you have a pressure cooker and air fryer machine like we do you can make this using the air crisp function. You would close the lid that is attached to make this. Only about 2 slices will fit in the small round basket that comes with it but since they are done quickly you could make multiple batches quickly.

You can make air fryer bruschetta toast in it too. Just for the basics you are going to need to get out;

  1. Slices of bread, as many as you will consume in one sitting – it’s better made fresh so make batches on request
  2. Butter is best spread before you crisp we feel – we also add a bit when they are done, or homemade jam is great but it allows the flavor and moisture to really seep in

What goes well with toast?

This is subjective of course but we have a few favorite suggestions if you are making a toast bar for the holidays? Never done this? OMG it is so much fun, especially for kids.

You lay out everything on your kitchen island so each person can dress it up as they like. Just lay out and offer;

  • Honey butter
  • Different types of jellies
  • Avocado spread
  • Slices of various cheeses
  • Peanut butter and jam

Make a batch of eggs too if people want to top some protein on it.

Can you toast bread in an air fryer_

Air Fryer Cheese Toast

You would follow the same instructions as far as temp. (I have decreased to 380 for 2 minutes too and that works well too) at 400 you only need 1 minute though. Butter on 1 side, lay a piece of easily meltable cheese, like packaged wrapped Kraft cheese slices on top.

A thin slice of Velveeta on top works too, that melts well too. A slice of lunchmeat can go underneath if you want to make it more of an open face sandwich. OR continue on to make one of our air fryer tuna melts.

how to make cheese toast

Toast Bread in Air Fryer

You can see here daughter #2 making it herself. Now that my girls are teenagers they are into cooking, especially if they don’t have to ask directions. 😉 I will share the quick step by step below but offer a printable recipe card below if you want to keep it handy.

  • It is best to preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
    • We like to butter both sides of the bread slices with room temperature salted butter.
    • Then lay pieces of bread inside in one single layer, not overlapping.
  • Close air fryer basket drawer and cook for;
    • 2 minutes cook time for lightly toasted
    • or cook toast for 2.5 = more browned – we think this is perfect toast for us
    • 3 minutes for crispy browned toast.
Ninja Foodi Toast

Cinnamon Toast in Air Fryer

If you too love SunMaid or Cinnabon raisin bread this will work the same way. I would definitely spread butter on the top before adding that to keep it nice and moist. Slightly underdone and not too crispy is better for this style. I’d say stick to 2 minutes since the pieces are slightly smaller and you want fruit inside to be tender.

Ready to try this and all of our other air fryer breakfast recipes? Go for it and let us know if you tweak it in any way we should try.

Toast in Air Fryer

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Toast in Air Fryer

How to make toast in air fryer or Ninja Foodi is here! If you don't have a toaster this is how to brown bread perfectly for breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, bread, ninja foodi, toast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 2-4 pcs bread
  • butter can be spread on at beginning if desired


  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Butter both sides of your bread slices and lay inside in one single layer.
  • Close drawer and cook; 2 minutes for lightly toasted, 2.5 for more browned, and 3 minutes for crispy browned toast.


Nutrition Facts
Toast in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 1 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pam Clarke

Monday 5th of February 2024

Hi would love to try your recipes but I live in England and your temperatures don't fit with my ninja foodi. I think mine must be in centigrade, so how do I alter this. Thanks so much

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Monday 5th of February 2024

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