Air Fryer Bagel Bites – Easier, Quicker and Tastier Than Ever!

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How To Cook Bagel Bites In An Air Fryer

We all know that bagel bites are the perfect snack for any occasion. Whether for yourself, your kids, or even your friends coming round to watch the game. There are few among us that can resist this enticing treat.

The only problem comes with how to cook them. Some people put them in the microwave only to find a soggy, gooey mess awaiting them when the beeps go off. Others will swear that conventional oven is best. They will often tell you this repeatedly and relentlessly for every single one of the 20 minutes it takes for the oven to heat up. So, how do you get the crispiness of the oven and the speed of the microwave. The answer is of course our trusty air fryer!

The air fryer is quickly becoming our favorite kitchen appliance. One thing we certainly didn’t expect is that the air fryer is a far superior way to cook almost any frozen food. Not only is it quicker than a conventional oven but the food actually tastes better too.

Ingredients (Frozen)

This may be the simplest recipe we have ever done. As it only has 1 ‘ingredient’. That is, of course, frozen bagel bites. There really are no bad choices here. Whichever brand or flavor you prefer will be perfect in the air fryer.

We’ve included a recipe below for homemade bagel bites for those looking to experiment with different flavors and toppings that aren’t commercially available. If you’re feeling bold, scroll to the bottom to find out more!

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Tongs

Instructions (Frozen)

  1. Place your frozen bagel bites in your air fryer. Making sure they are in a single layer and that they are not touching. You may have to do multiple batches if you are cooking a large number.
  2. Cook for 6 minutes at 360 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius).
  3. Remove from the air fryer onto a serving plate. We highly recommend using tongs for this, saves you burning the tips of your fingers!
  4. Give them 1 minute to cool down as they are very hot.
  5. Then enjoy, and secretly wish you had cooked more!

Top Tips

Air fryers vary by make and model. Be careful the first time you cook bagel bites in your air fryer. The cooking time may be slightly more or less the 6-minute mark. Check after 4-5 minutes to see if they are done if not continue until crispy and delicious. After you’ve cooked them once you will have a much idea for the next occasion.

It is important that the bagel bites do not touch as this prevents the air from circulating around the items. Leading to an uneven cook.

Home-made Air Fryer Bagel Bites Recipe

Congratulations on making it this far! These home-made savory snacks are an absolute winner and are incredibly fun to make. Especially with your kids, to get them interested in cooking.

Ingredients (Fresh)

  • Mini Bagels
  • Sauce for the base – whatever your preference.
  • Toppings – again this can be anything you like.

There is a lot of freedom with this recipe. Your sauce can be anything from marinara to pesto to béchamel. This is also true of the toppings whether you are a big meat lover, fish lover, vegetarian or vegan. If you can imagine it, you can make it!

In the table below are some of our favorites to get you started.

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Marinara Sauce
Pesto
Bechamel Sauce
Parmesan
Mozzarella
Cheddar
Pepperoni
Chorizo

Instructions (Fresh)

Prep Work

  1. Cut your mini bagels in half ready for assembly.
  2. Put a healthy dollop of your sauce on the bagel and use the back of the spoon to spread it evenly.
  3. Grate some cheese over the sauce in a thin layer. Too much and you’ll just end up with a lump of congealed cheese. Just enough to cover the sauce is perfect.
  4. Add our toppings to the cheese in any pattern you like. The more creative the better here!
  5. Once constructed, store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Cooking Time

  1. Place your home-made, fresh bagel bites in your air fryer. Making sure they are in a single layer and that they are not touching. You may have to do multiple batches if you are cooking a large number.
  2. Cook for 4 minutes at 360 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius).
  3. Remove from the air fryer onto a serving plate. We highly recommend using tongs for this, saves you burning the tips of your fingers!
  4. Give them 1 minute to cool down as they are very hot.
  5. Then enjoy, and secretly wish you had cooked more!

Conclusion

The allure of these mini pizza snacks is universal. And now, with the help of our air fryer, your friends and family will keep coming back to get their hands on them!

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