Air Fryer French Toast

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Air Fryer French Toast is a breakfast food that transcends generations – young and old, everyone loves a fluffy, syrupy plate of french toast!! The cinnamon-vanilla batter coats slice after slice of pillowy bread. And with this air fryer breakfast, it all puffs up like a cloud and gets the most scrumptious browned crust – it looks almost as good as it tastes!!

air fryer French toast.

Air Fryer French Toast

Let me tell you, learning how to make french toast in my air fryer was the best decision I ever made!! Not only is it always tasty, but it takes less than 15 minutes to make 6 slices – enough for everyone in my family to have two! 

french toast ingredients.

It’s easy enough to double this recipe and keep the air fryer french toast coming.

Think about how easy weekend breakfasts are going to get with this recipe up your sleeve!

While we’re on the subject of french toast, have you tried this make ahead bake that you can save for busy mornings?

And this overnight french toast casserole is made with gingerbread – perfect for the holidays!

french toast recipe.

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

  • Bread – While you can really use any bread to make french toast, a hearty and thick bread like Italian, sourdough, brioche, or Texas toast will yield the best results.

    The batter in this recipe makes enough for 6 slices!
  • Heavy Whipping Cream & Whole Milk – Don’t get too excited and go with all heavy cream – too much dairy will make the bread too soggy and it won’t cook through!
  • Vanilla Extract – You can also use vanilla bean paste for a stronger flavor!

    And if you’re using maple syrup and just love that flavor, try using maple extract – it’s so unique and tasty!

    Almond and hazelnut extracts are great for a sweet, nutty taste, too. 
  • Ground Cinnamon & Nutmeg – Can’t beat the classics!

    The best spices to use as substitutes include allspice, cloves, and ginger – those will get you a different flavor, though. 
soaking bread.

How to Make French Toast in the Air Fryer Perfect Every Time!

  • Don’t Use Fresh Bread – At least not right out of the package. We don’t want it to be stale, per se, just slightly dry.

    It’ll absorb the batter without getting soggy and falling apart!  
  • Whisk Well – We’re not making scrambled eggs here, so make sure those whites and yolks are completely combined with the milk and seasonings! 
  • Line With Parchment Paper – While this isn’t necessary, it sure makes clean up easier!
  • Don’t Soak For Too Long – If the bread sits in the batter for too long, it’ll fall apart before it makes it to the air fryer!

    Give it a bit of a shake, too, before adding to the air fryer basket. And, alternatively…
  • Be Sure To Soak For Long Enough!  If you don’t get enough batter, you’ll just get regular ol’ toast!

    Press the slices into the batter and flip over once or twice to ensure a complete coating.
french toast in air fryer basket.

How to Reheat French Toast in the Air Fryer

You can keep leftovers from your air fryer breakfast in the fridge for up to 2 days. Store in an airtight container separate from any toppings and syrup.

Leftovers aren’t very tasty cold, so use your air fryer once more to enjoy them the next day.

Reheat air fryer french toast the same way you made it the first time – you just need a little less time!

Go with 2 or 3 minutes per side, then add your toppings after it’s warmed through and crisped up. 

Air Fryer French Toast FAQ

How long does it take to air fry french toast?

It takes roughly 7 minutes to make one batch of French toast in an air fryer. The number of slices you can fit in one batch depends on how large your slices are and how large your air fryer basket is. 

Can you cook frozen French toast in an air fryer?

Sure! And if you’re wondering how long to air fry french toast after freezing, just add an extra two minutes or so of cook time per side. 

If you’re freezing this recipe for later, go ahead and coat each slice. Lay them on a piece of parchment paper and stick them in the freezer for 10 minutes or so until they’re slightly frozen. 

Then, you can go ahead and layer them up in an airtight container (with a sheet of parchment paper between each slice) and freeze for later use. 

How do you serve air fried french toast?

Well, that’s up to you! I personally would never have French toast without syrup and fresh berries – strawberries and blueberries are my family’s favorites. And I always dust each slice with powdered sugar!


Strawberry syrup is also lovely and sweet, particularly if you have strawberries on the side as well! I like to complement a plate like this with whipped cream

And don’t forget a bit of butter on top to wrap everything together!

stack of french toast on a plate.

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stack of french toast with syrup.

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Air Fryer French Toast

Donna Elick
Air Fryer French Toast is a simply scrumptious way to start your day! Make this sweet and sticky air fryer breakfast in just 15 minutes!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 3 2 slices each

Ingredients
 

  • 6 slices bread, 3/4 inch thick (See Notes)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Line air fryer basket with parchment paper liner. Preheat the air fryer to 370°F.
  • To a medium-size mixing bowl, add eggs, cream, milk, vanilla, and spices; whisk well to combine.
  • Pour egg mixture into a shallow pie plate or baking dish. One at a time, dredge each slice of bread in egg mixture, flipping over to coat both sides.
  • Arrange soaked bread slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket (You will need to cook them in batches).
  • Cook for 7 minutes, flipping each slice over halfway through cook time. Repeat with remaining bread slices.
  • Serve warm with desired toppings (butter, syrup, fresh berries, etc.).

Donna’s Notes

You do not have to line your air fryer with parchment, but it helps with clean-up.
Bread: Any type of bread will work, but for best results, use a hearty bread like Italian, sourdough, brioche, or Texas toast.
Cook Time: The total cook time for 6 slices of French will vary depending on the size of the air fryer basket. The cook time for each batch is 7 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 423cal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 298mg | Sodium: 386mg | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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French toast recipe

Originally published November 2022

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