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Air Fryer Crostini

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Learn how to make the most amazing Air Fryer Crostini that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. All you need is a baguette, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, a clove of fresh garlic, and less than 5 minutes to create perfectly toasted baguette slices to serve with dip or your favorite soup!

Six slices of toasted baguette slices on a wood platter with a bowl of dip on the side.

Did you know that you can toast baguette slices in an air fryer? I decided to give it a try to serve alongside my Spinach Artichoke Dip and it turned perfectly! It is simple enough to make and serve with Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup this winter.

What is crostini?

Crostini (kraw-stee-nee) is an Italian appetizer that translates to “little toasts” or “little crusts”. It is made with thin slices of baguette that are grilled or toasted and served with olive oil or a sauce for a simple presentation, or alongside cheeses, meats, vegetables, or condiments for a savory snack.

Check out these Apple Compote and Brie Crostini for a sweet appetizer that is as impressive as it is delicious!

Ingredients needed

Ingredients needed to make air fryer crostini.
  • A long, round, fine-textured French baguette. They are often sold in a package of two smaller loaves in the bakery section.
  • Olive oil helps to keep the slices tender while toasting and adds flavor so a good quality olive oil is definitely worth it.
  • Sea salt and black pepper give a boost of subtle flavor that will no overpower the toppings.
  • A fresh garlic clove rubbed on the hot, toasted crostini adds a more intense flavor that is perfect for those of us that love garlic!

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Four slices of air fryer crostini on a wood plate.

How to make air fryer crostini

Slice the baguette into half-inch slices. Brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.

Three slices of baguette topped with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Place the slices (mine will hold 12) into the air fryer basket.

Twelve slices of oil topped baguettes in an air fryer basket.

Slide the basket into the air fryer. Press the “air fry” button, then set the time to 2-minutes and the temperature to 400°F. Press the Start button.

Air Fryer display set for 2 minutes at 400 degrees with an arrow pointing at the air fry button.

The air fryer will heat up, then cook for 2-minutes. You do not need to preheat or flip the crostini over halfway through.

When finished, remove the basket from the air fryer and place the crostini on a plate or serving tray.

Twelve toasted baguette slices in the basket of an air fryer.

Slice the end off the garlic and rub it over the top of each slice.

Six toasted baguette slices on a wood platter with a clove of fresh garlic on top of one slice.

Serve immediately.

An air fryer crostini in a bowl of cheesy dip with three more baguette slices on the side.

Depending on the size of your baguette and air fryer, repeat the process with any remaining bread slices.

Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between crostini and bruschetta?

Both are Italian but the bread used makes the difference. Crostini are made with small, round loaves of white bread with a light texture, while bruschetta are made with wider slices of rustic Italian or sourdough bread.
Bruschetta, or bruscare, means “to roast over coals”. Crostini can also be grilled or toasted in the oven.

How long can crostini be stored?

Allow crostini to cool completely and store in an airtight container on the counter up to 3 days for best flavor. Crostini can also be stored in the freezer for a month. Defrost overnight and reheat in the air fryer before serving.

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Serving suggestions

Crostini is so simple to make and versatile enough to serve along just about any dip at parties, or with soup for lunch or dinner. These are some of my favorite options:

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Four slices of air fryer crostini recipe on a wood plate.

Air Fryer Crostini

Air Fryer Crostini is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, made with baguette, olive oil, salt, pepper, and clove of fresh garlic.
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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: toasted baguette slices
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 65kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 French baguette cut into 0.5-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 large garlic clove

Instructions

  • Slice the baguette into half-inch slices. Brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Place the slices (mine will hold 12) into the air fryer basket and slide the basket into the air fryer.
  • Press the “air fry” button, then set the time to 2-minutes and the temperature to 400°F. Press the Start button. The air fryer will heat up, then cook for 2-minutes. You do not need to preheat or flip the crostini over halfway through.
  • When finished, remove the basket from the air fryer and place the crostini on a plate or serving tray.
  • Slice the end off the garlic and rub it over the top of each slice. Depending on the size of your baguette and air fryer, repeat the process with any remaining bread slices. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Allow crostini to cool completely and store in an airtight container on the counter up to 3 days for best flavor.
  • Crostini can also be stored in the freezer for a month. Defrost overnight and reheat in the air fryer before serving.
  • Serving size based on two slices per person. Amounts will vary based on size of baguette and appetites.
  • All air fryers cook differently. Cooking time is approximate based on my results. If crostini is not golden brown and crispy, cook for an additional minute.

Nutrition

Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 0.02IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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