Air Fryer Garlic Knots Recipe (w/Crescent Dough) + Video

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This garlic knot recipe makes tender, flaky bites that are bursting with flavor. Make a batch of scrumptious garlic knots in the air fryer in only 20 minutes!! You’ll love the flavor of these easy garlic knots! 

close up of air fryer garlic knots


This recipe makes the best garlic knots. Adding a little bit of fresh garlic butter on top of the warm dough creates a flavor that you can’t deny.

For the best results, follow the simple steps on the recipe card below. You’ll love the simple ingredients! 

crescent roll garlic knots ingredients

Garlic Knot Recipe

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!

Want some more simple side dish options? Use your air fryer to make baked potatoescorn on the cob, or even crispy potato chips!

These garlic knots crescent rolls are a tasty appetizer as well. Pair some with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy them while watching the game.

crescent roll dough in strips and shaped into knots

Air Fryer Garlic Knots Recipe Tips

  • Work in batches. 

    It’s important not to cook too many air fryer garlic knots 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 it into strips, then proceed with the garlic knot recipe as directed.
  • Add a spicy kick.

    A dash of red pepper flakes on your garlic crescent rolls will kick things up a notch!
  • Don’t need as many? 

    Easily halve this garlic knot 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 garlic knots crescent rolls 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.

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.
garlic knots in air fryer

Garlic Knot Recipe FAQ

What dipping sauce goes with air fryer garlic knots?

All you need is a simple marinara or ranch dressing, just like at your favorite pizzeria! Or, double the amount of butter and herbs for dunking your garlic crescent rolls. These are the perfect side dish and so much more fun to eat than dinner rolls! 

Can I bake these in the oven instead? 

Yes! In fact, that’s a great alternative when making a larger batch of this garlic knot recipe, 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.

Add some butter garlic or melt butter and drizzle on top. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s versatile! 

What’s the best way to reheat garlic knots in air fryer? 

Pop garlic crescent rolls 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.

Can I use pre-made pizza dough? 

You can, but using that type of store-bought dough isn’t going to give these rolls that flaky texture and feel. The crescent dough is the perfect soft dough to make these buttery knots – and they create a great appetizer or simple side. 

How do I serve garlic knots? 

I like to serve them with delicious garlic butter on top. Once you add the flavorful garlic herb butter, what else do you need? You can also add fresh herbs to the piece of dough as well. 

If you want to serve these delicious garlic knots for pizza night, just serve them up with some dipping marinara sauce. Add a little fresh parsley to the pizza sauce, or even a bit of Italian seasoning as well. 

These buttery garlic knots also pair well with pasta. Top with parmesan cheese and garlic powder for a burst of yummy flavor. 

Even though you’re not making homemade garlic knots, you’ll still love these single knot bread bites! If you’re lucky, you’ll have some leftover garlic knots to enjoy the next day as well. 

Personally I like these so much better than garlic bread, so this is my go-to recipe when I’m craving bread! 

half eaten garlic knot

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Other Easy Air Fryer Recipes

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Air Fryer Garlic Knots Recipe (w/Crescent Dough) + Video

Donna Elick
This garlic knot recipe makes tender, flaky bites that are bursting with flavor. Make garlic knots in the air fryer in just 20 minutes!!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Method Air Fryer
Servings 18 knots


  • 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.


Donna’s Notes

I use the Cosori 8.5 quart air fryer, so depending on your air fryer size you may be able to cook more knots at a time.
These can also be baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 74cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 144mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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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Originally published April 2021, updated and republished May 2024

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  1. 5 stars
    I usually buy premade garlic knots, but i never will again since making this recipe! They are so much better when you make them at home. Loved your homemade marinara sauce recipe too.

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