Air fryer garlic knots are tender, flaky, and bursting with flavor. Make a batch in 20 minutes for scrumptiously soft garlic rolls!!
Air Fryer Garlic Knots
Twists of crescent dough are brushed with butter and herbs and topped with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan. After just a few minutes in the air fryer, you can enjoy savory little bites of heaven!
These crescent roll garlic knots are a tasty appetizer as well. Pair some with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy them while watching the game.
- Work in batches.
It’s important not to cook too many at one time, since the dough will rise and expand. Leave extra space between each one so the outside can brown evenly as well.
- Use pizza or biscuit dough instead.
Since crescent rolls already come in sheets, using them cuts down on prep time. However, any type of refrigerated or fresh dough will work for this recipe. Just roll it out thin before cutting into strips and proceed as directed.
- Want a spicy kick to your garlic knots?
A dash of red pepper flakes will kick things up a notch!
- Don’t need as many?
Easily halve the recipe and save the remaining crescent roll sheet for later. Trust me, though – you will end up eating more than expected. Air fryer garlic knots really ARE that good!
- Freeze leftovers.
Place extra crescent roll garlic knots in a Ziploc bag and store for up to 3 months. You may want to wrap them individually in plastic as well to prevent ice crystals from forming on the surface.
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Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Air Fryer – Different brands and sizes will require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
- Cutting Board – A big solid cutting board makes prepping a breeze. I use mine daily, so it’s worth the investment to get a good quality one.
- Pastry Wheel – This helps create clean, even strips of dough, but a pizza cutter or sharp knife will work in a pinch.
- Basting Brush – I prefer this type over the silicone ones since it creates a more even layer of melted butter.
Air Fryer Garlic Knots FAQ
What dipping sauce goes with air fryer garlic knots?
Can I bake these in the oven instead?
Yes! In fact, that’s a great alternative when making a larger batch or if you want them to be done all at once.
Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving an inch or two of space between for each one to expand. Then, bake at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
What’s the best way to reheat air fryer garlic knots?
Pop them right back in the basket for a few minutes until warmed through.
You can also microwave them in 30-second bursts, but you may want to cover them in a damp paper towel to prevent them from drying out.
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- 8 ounces crescent roll sheets dough
- 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 300 degrees F.
- Unroll crescent dough onto a large cutting board into a flat rectangle.
- Using a pizza cutter, cut the crescent dough in half the short way, and then into 1-inch strips.
- Tie/fold each strip into a knot.
- Place 5 to 6 knots (or more depending on your air fryer) at a time in the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove the knots from the air fryer and place them on a cooling rack. Continue cooking until all are cooked.
- In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
- Brush the melted butter mixture onto the knots, then top with grated Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve warm.
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.
Originally published April 2021, updated and republished November 2021
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