Can You Put Bagel Bites In The Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook bagel bites in an air fryer, and it’s a fantastic method to achieve a crispy exterior and warm, gooey center. Air frying is an efficient way to enjoy your favorite snack without turning on the oven, and it typically results in a better texture than microwaving. Here’s how to do it:

Air Fryer Bagel Bites Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Frozen bagel bites

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (about 190°C). Some air fryers don’t require preheating, but doing so can help cook the bagel bites more evenly.
  2. Arrange the Bagel Bites: Place the frozen bagel bites in the air fryer basket. Ensure they’re not touching to allow air to circulate freely around each piece for even cooking. There’s no need to thaw them beforehand.
  3. Cook: Air fry the bagel bites for about 5-6 minutes. The exact time might vary depending on your air fryer model and how crispy you like your bagel bites.
  4. Check for Doneness: The bagel bites are done when they are golden brown and the cheese is melted and slightly bubbly. If they’re not quite done, you can cook them for an additional 1-2 minutes, but keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  5. Serve: Carefully remove the bagel bites from the air fryer (they will be hot) and let them cool for a minute or two before serving.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Bagel Bites

  • No Overcrowding: Avoid stacking the bagel bites or placing them too close together in the air fryer. This ensures they cook evenly and become crispy.
  • Adjusting Time: Cooking times may need slight adjustments based on the size of the bagel bites and the specific air fryer used. It’s a good idea to start checking a bit early until you find the perfect timing.
  • Serving Suggestions: Enjoy your air-fried bagel bites as is or dip them in your favorite sauce, such as marinara, ranch, or garlic butter, for extra flavor.

Using an air fryer to cook bagel bites is not only convenient but also yields a superior texture compared to other cooking methods. It’s a quick and easy way to enjoy a delicious snack any time of the day.

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