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Air Fryer Ranch Croutons

Air fryer ranch croutons add so much flavor to your favorite salads. They can be made with any bread and two simple ingredients.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • air fryer


  • 4 cups bread cubed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons dry ranch mix divided


  • Cut the bread into 1/2 inch cubes. Place the cubes into a bowl.
    4 cups bread
  • In a separate microwave-safe dish, place the butter into it and cover it with a paper towel.
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Microwave the butter for 35 seconds. Remove the butter and add 1 Tbs dry ranch dressing mix.
    2 tablespoons dry ranch mix
  • Mix the butter and ranch dressing together, then drizzle over the top of the bread. Stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle an additional 1 Tbs of the powdered ranch dressing mix over the top and stir for a second time to coat everything evenly.
    2 tablespoons dry ranch mix
  • Add the breadcrumbs to the basket of the air fryer. Set for 350 degrees and fry for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the basket and toss the bread with a spoon, then replace the basket and fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Let the croutons cool and add to salad or soup. Enjoy!


Tips for making this recipe:

  • Have a leftover hot dog or hamburger buns? Use them to make these ranch croutons.
  • Don't have an air fryer? Follow directions 1-5. Heat the oven to 375 degrees then bake for 10 minutes. Remove and turn the croutons, then bake another 10 minutes. Let cool.
  • How to store croutons: Add to an airtight container and store for up to two weeks.