Making air fryer French toast is a great way to use up your leftover bread and give yourself a breakfast or snack option that's quick and easy. It requires minimal prep work! I'll also show you how to air-fry French toast sticks and how to cook them from frozen. I love using brioche or soft, mild sourdough sandwich bread for this recipe.
- Simple - This is my favorite way to make breakfast because it's just that simple. Soak the bread in the seasoned egg-milk mixture and cook!
- Quick - Breakfast ready in 15 minutes!
- Taste - Full with butter, cinnamon, and vanilla flavor.
- Texture - Crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
Any type of white bread like sandwich toast or French bread, or sweet bread like challah or brioche works well. I also like to use mild-tangy bread such as sourdough sandwich or sourdough brioche. Even if it's not my preference, you can also use crusty sourdough bread. Whatever you choose, make sure the bread is stale so it can soak the egg mixture better. Just leave your bread on the counter for a day and it will be perfect.
These delicious toast slices are even more delicious with a variety of toppings. If you like it classic, sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon and serve with maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream. Banana slices, fresh berries such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, chocolate chips or syrup, hazelnut spread, peanut butter, apple butter, caramel sauce, or crispy bacon are also some of my favorite toppings.
Simply cut the bread into 1.5 - 2 inch (4-5cm) slices and dip them in the egg mixture. Then air fry them for 3-4 minutes, turning halfway through. They're delicious when dipped in maple syrup.
Store, freeze, and reheat
- Refrigerator: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat at 360°F (182°C) for 2 minutes until hot. Flip halfway through.
- Freezer: It's just as easy to cook it from frozen. Once cooled, wrap twice in plastic wrap and store in freezer bags for up to 3 months. Reheat at 360°F (182°C) for 6 minutes until hot. Turn after 3 minutes.
Top tips for success
- Whisking the cinnamon into the eggs before adding the milk and other ingredients ensures that the cinnamon is evenly distributed throughout the egg-milk mixture. Nobody loves lumps of cinnamon floating on top of the egg-milk mixture.
- Soak the slices just before putting them in the air fryer and work in batches. Do not let the dipped slices sit on the counter.
- Don't overcrowd the air fryer basket when cooking the toast. Place the bread slices in a single layer in the basket with enough space between the bread slices to allow air to circulate.
- Place already cooked toast slices on a cooling rack while cooking additional batches. When stacking on a plate, they may get soggy. When all batches have been cooked, you can, if you wish, reheat all toast slices at once for 30-45 seconds (freshly cooked toast slices can be arranged overlapping in the basket for quick reheating - in any other case arrange the bread in a single layer in the basket as previously mentioned).
- The cooking time can vary depending on the air fryer model and the thickness of the bread slices. I suggest cooking a test slice and from there adjusting the time and temperature if necessary.
In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and cinnamon until combined, and no lumps remain.
While whisking, gradually add the milk, vanilla, and melted butter and whisk until fully combined.
Dip the bread slices in the egg mixture to coat both sides and arrange in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
Cook for 6 minutes until golden and crispy, flipping halfway through. Repeat with the remaining bread slices.
Remove from the air fryer and serve with your favorite toppings.
More air fryer recipes to try
If you love to cook with your air fryer, you've come to the right place. Check out the following recipes too!
- Air Fryer Hamburgers
- Air Fryer Hot Dogs
- Air Fryer Pizza
- Air Fryer Muffins
- Air Fryer Donuts
- Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
Air Fryer French Toast (Regular, Sticks, and Frozen)
- 8 slices brioche or white bread, cut into 1.5-2 inch slices
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup milk, at room temperature
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (191°C) and lightly spray the air fryer basket with oil.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and cinnamon until combined, and no lumps remain. While whisking, gradually add the milk, vanilla, and melted butter and whisk until fully combined.
- Dip the bread slices in the egg mixture to coat both sides and arrange in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 6 minutes until golden and crispy, flipping halfway through. Repeat with the remaining bread slices.
- Remove from the air fryer and serve with your favorite toppings.
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