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How You Can Toast Bread In Your Air Fryer (Super Easy)

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I love a good kitchen hack. Today, I’m sharing one of the simplest and most delightful kitchen hacks: toasting bread in your air fryer! If you’re on the hunt for a quick, fuss-free breakfast or a crispy accompaniment to your favorite soup and salad combo, this post is for you. Toasting bread in an air fryer is not only effortless, but yields perfect, golden slices with a satisfying crunch in every bite. This post is all about how you can toast bread in your air fryer.

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Air fryers are a very easy way to toast bread.

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Perks of using an Air Fryer for Toast

If you’re craving perfectly toasted bread without the hassle, an air fryer is your new best friend! Say goodbye to uneven toasting and hello to golden toasted perfection in minutes. Using an air fryer to toast your bread saves a lot of time. Air fryer toasted bread also guarantees a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior every time. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile. Whether you prefer classic white bread, hearty whole grain, or artisan sourdough, your air fryer can handle it all with ease. An air fryer’s compact size and rapid heating technology means you can enjoy delicious toast without heating up the whole kitchen. It’s a game-changer for busy mornings, lazy brunches, or anytime cravings strike.

I love the versatility of air fryers

We use our air fryer primarily in place of both microwave and toaster. There are a number of concerns about using microwaves for food preparation. Due to the nature of my chronic health issues and related severe digestive issues, using the healthiest means of food prep possible is important. So, when our last microwave died over a year ago, we chose not to buy a new one. However, we missed the convenience of quick heating. So, we started looking for microwave alternatives and decided that a multi-function air fryer was the way to go. Our air fryer is about the same size as a standard, high-power microwave.

The Air Fryer I use

I hunted high and low to find the perfect air fryer for my family’s needs. Simple versatility is the name of the game around here, so investing in an air fryer with multiple functions was important. While I found many good candidates, I decided on the Ninja DT201 Foodi 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fryer. Although not the cheapest air fryer on the market, this particular model is an all-in-one countertop kitchen appliance. We were blessed that our air fryer was gifted to us as a Christmas present.

One of the things I love about this air fryer is that you can easily toast as little as 1 slice or as many as 12 several slices of bread at a time. I can easily toast 4-6 slices per rack or basket in my Ninja Foodie XL Pro. This is a serious perk compared to 2-4 slice toasters, especially if you’re cooking for more than 1 person.

How to use your air fryer to toast bread

In the Ninja DT201 Foodi 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fryer, you can toast bread on either the oven rack directly or in the air fryer basket. While both work very well, you get more even results by using the air fryer basket. Using the oven rack will leave untoasted lines across one side of bread. This isn’t necessarily a problem. But in my experience, using the air fryer baskets result in more even toasting. Your total cook time will be the same regardless of which tray you use. If you’re making more than 1 tray of toast at a time, you might want to invest in some additional air fryer baskets.

Using the baking rack for toasting bread in an air fryer can leave wide untoasted lines across the bottom of your toast.

Once you select your rack or air frying basket, decide how many slices of bread you want to toast. If you’re toasting six slices or less, you will only need one rack or basket. My air fryer has 4 rack levels. For single tray cooking, placing your rack or air fryer basket on level 3 (see photo below) of the Ninja Foodi XL Pro works best. Be sure to remove the drip pan from the bottom rack (level 1) prior to toasting. Failing to do so will block the lower heating elements, which will result in unevenly toasted bread.

Air Fryer basket holding bread on level 3.

If you need to toast more than six slices of bread, you’ll need to use two racks or air fryer baskets. I recommend dividing your total number of slices as evenly as possible between the two trays. When using two racks, I place them on rack levels two and three.***

***Toasting two racks of bread simultaneously works wonderfully but does require a few adjustments to your process and cook time. I’ll elaborate more on this below.

Chosing your toast Settings

Once you’ve decided what rack to use and what volume of bread you need to toast, place bread in a single layer. You don’t need to line your rack or air fryer basket with parchment paper. Doing so will cause uneven toasting. For best results, place bread directly on the rack or air fryer basket.

Next, use the function button on the air fryer handle to select the “Toast” option. Then, decide how light or dark you want your toast. My air fryer has 7 toast shade settings.

Shade 1 will give you what I think of as “blonde” toast. For those who like just the tiniest hint of crispness and no significant color change to your toast, this is the perfect setting for you.

If you prefer a medium golden-brown hue to your toast, I recommend selecting shade 3. For dark-brown toast, I recommend selecting shade 6. I personally haven’t tried shade 7 as shade 6 yielded well-browned bread, that border lined on burned.

In the picture above, I have the air fryer set to “Toast”, 6 Slices, and Shade 4. You can adjust the settings to suit your preference by using the silver +/- adjustment buttons on either side of “Time” and “Temp”, located on the right side of the air fryer door handle. Once you’ve made your selections, simply hit the “Start” button on the far right of the air fryer. Toast times range from as little as 2:03 to as much as 7:20 depending on number of slices and shade selected.

Near the end of the toast time, my air fryer door always fogs up. This isn’t anything to be concerned about. It’s just part of the toasting process. Once the toast timer goes off, immediately open the air fryer door to prevent your toast from continuing to brown.

Toasting two Racks of bread at a time

Toasting two racks of bread (up to 12 slices of bread) simultaneously works very well in the air fryer, but your settings and process will be slightly different than the processes documented above.

Air fryers are an excellent way to one to twelve slices of bread at a time.

For 7-12 slices of bread:

Split total number of slices as evenly as possible between two racks or air fryer baskets. Be sure to place them in a single layer on each rack or air fryer basket. Some slight overlap of the bread is fine, but any overlap will lead to less even browning. Ideally, it’s best to leave a little space around each slice of bread.

My air fryer only allows programming for up to 9 slices of toast. But, this doesn’t mean you can’t easily toast 12 slices of bread at once. It’s just something to be aware of when you adjust your air fryer settings.

Cooking two racks of toast evenly requires a little more attention than one rack. It’s important to move the rack positions about halfway through the toasting process to get even browning on both sides of the toast. If you don’t swap the rack positions during toasting, the top rack of bread will be noticeably more toasted on top, and the bottom rack of bread will be noticeably browner on the bottom.

How to toast Two racks of bread in your Air Fryer

To achieve your ideal toast results for a large, two-rack batch of toast, you’ll need to make some slight adjustments to your toast settings. It’s important to move the top rack (which should originally be placed on rack level 3) to the bottom position (level 2), and to move the bottom rack (originally on rack level 2) to the top position (level 3) about halfway through the toasting process. Swapping rack position midway through allows the bread to get even heating element exposure on both sides.

Large Batch Air Fryer Toast Tips & Tricks

Quick Tip

The easiest way I’ve found to evenly brown 2 racks of bread is to reduce your shade settings by about 1/2 your ideal toast preference. Once the air fryer beeps to indicate your toast cycle is done, swap the racks from level 2 to level 3, and from level 3 to level 2. Then, start the toast cycle again. Using this method for toasting 2 racks full of bread ensures you don’t forget to rotate the trays halfway through the process.

So, let’s say you like your toast an even, rich, golden-brown. Normally, I’d advise using shade 4 to attain these results. But for 2 racks of bread, you’ll want to select shade 2. Hit start and wait for the cycle to complete and the air fryer to beep. Once it completes, immediately open the air fryer, rotate rack positions, close the air fryer, hit start, and wait for the cycle to complete. To prevent over cooking, open air fryer immediately and serve.

Equipment you May Need

Air Fryer – I use and recommend this one.

Extra Air Fryer Baskets – I use and recommend these (always double check that any additional baskets you purchase will fit the model of air fryer you own!)

Bread – basic sandwich bread, artisan sourdough, English muffins, or bagels are all great options to toast in your air fryer.

Butter or jam – for topping your freshly toasted bread!


If you try this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Perfect Air Fryer Toast

If you're on the hunt for a quick, fuss-free breakfast or a crispy accompaniment to your favorite soup and salad combo, this recipe is for you. Toasting bread in an air fryer is not only effortless, but yields perfect, golden slices with a satisfying crunch in every bite.
Prep Time1 minute
Active Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Air Fryer, Breakfast & Brunch, Easy Recipe, Kitchen Hacks, Toast

Equipment

Materials

  • 1-12 slice(s) Bread

Instructions

  • Place bread in a single layer on ungreased air fryer rack or basket.
  • Place rack or basket on level 3.
  • Select the "Toast" feature on your Ninja DT201.
  • On air fryer handle, use silver +/- buttons on right hand side of Ninja DT201 to adjust the number of slices and shade level settings.
  • Hit start and wait for the cook time to complete. Once the toast cycle has finished, immediately open the air fryer door to prevent over browning.
  • Serve with your favorite topping, or as a side for soup or salad.

Notes

These instructions are specific to the Ninja DT201 Foodi 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fryer.  Following these instructions in a different model air fryer may yield different results.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR LARGE BATCHES/2 RACKS OF BREAD: It’s important to rotate the rack positions about halfway through the toasting process to get even browning on both sides of the toast. If you don’t swap the rack positions during toasting, the top rack of bread will be noticeably more toasted on top, and the bottom rack of bread will be noticeably browner on the bottom.
FOR LARGE BATCHES: if you like your toast an even, rich, golden-brown. Normally, I’d advise using shade 4 to attain these results. But for 2 racks of bread, you’ll want to select shade 2. Hit start and wait for the cycle to complete and the air fryer to beep. Once it completes, immediately open the air fryer, rotate rack positions, close the air fryer, hit start, and wait for the cycle to complete. To prevent over cooking, open air fryer immediately and serve.

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