Can You Put Bagels in the Air Fryer

Yes, you can definitely put bagels in the air fryer! In fact, air frying can give bagels a delightful texture: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Whether you’re reheating pre-cooked bagels or cooking bagel-based recipes, the air fryer is a versatile tool for bagel lovers. Here’s how to do it effectively.

Reheating Bagels in the Air Fryer

Reheating bagels in an air fryer is a great way to restore the fresh taste and texture of day-old or refrigerated bagels.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 360°F (about 182°C). Preheating helps achieve a more even and efficient reheating process.
  2. Prepare the Bagels: If the bagels are not already sliced, cut them in half. You do not need to add oil or butter unless you want a slightly crispier crust.
  3. Air Fry: Place the bagel halves in the air fryer basket, cut-side up, ensuring they’re not overlapping. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. There’s no need to flip them.
  4. Check and Serve: After 3-4 minutes, check the bagels. They should be warm and slightly crispy. Adjust the time as needed based on your texture preference. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Cooking Bagel-Based Recipes in the Air Fryer

Beyond reheating, you can get creative with bagels in the air fryer. Here are a couple of ideas:

Bagel Pizzas:

  1. Prepare: Spread pizza sauce on the cut side of the bagel halves. Add cheese and any desired toppings like pepperoni, vegetables, or herbs.
  2. Cook: Air fry at 360°F for about 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Bagel Sandwiches:

  1. Assemble: Create your sandwich with the desired fillings. For a breakfast sandwich, you might add cooked bacon, a fried egg, and cheese.
  2. Air Fry: Wrap the sandwich lightly in foil to prevent the toppings from blowing around. Air fry at 360°F for about 6-8 minutes, or until heated through and the cheese is melted.

Tips for Best Results

  • Don’t Overcrowd: Place bagels in a single layer to ensure even cooking and crisping.
  • Adjust Cooking Time: Cooking times may vary depending on the air fryer model and the size or thickness of the bagels. Start with less time, check, and then add more as needed.
  • For Fresh Bagels: If you’re starting with fresh, doughy bagels, cooking times will be longer. Consult a recipe specific to air frying raw bagel dough for best results.

Conclusion

The air fryer offers a quick and convenient way to enjoy delicious bagels, whether you’re simply reheating them or getting creative with bagel-based recipes. By following these guidelines, you can achieve perfectly toasted bagels that complement a variety of toppings and fillings, making for a satisfying meal or snack any time of day.

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