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Air Fryer Pretzel Bites Recipe

If you thought homemade pretzel bites were too hard to make, you are going to love these Air Fryer Pretzel Bites – delicious and simple!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time16 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 pieces
Calories: 32kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 10


  • 1 can Pillsbury pizza crust (original)
  • ½ cup (120g) baking soda
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 recipe egg wash
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt


  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pour 4 cups of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • While the water comes to a boil, open your pizza crust but do not unroll it. Cut into 8 slices, about 1 inch thick. Cut each slice into quarters (for 32 total pieces). Roll each one individually into a ball. The shape might not be perfect ball, but it will work, trust me.
  • Once the water is at a rolling boil (boiling in the center, not just around the edges), turn the heat to warm and stir in baking soda.
  • Working in batches of 4-6 balls, dunk balls into the water for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Place balls onto prepared cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Working in batches, place the balls in the air fryer basket (my Cosori holds about 9-11 per batch). The balls might look like they're falling apart but they'll glue together as thy cook.
  • It is important not to overcrowd your air fryer otherwise the bites won’t cook evenly.
  • Cook at 350°F for approximately 5 to 7 minutes or until nice and golden. The later batches might take less time since the fryer is already hot.



  • When you are rolling the dough into balls, roll as best as you can. If they try to separate, tightened your roll but don’t “squish them”. Once in the air fryer they will be nice and in a ball shape.
  • Be sure to give them the baking soda bath in batches so the water temperature doesn't drop too much.
  • I have a Cosori 5.8 Qt air fryer, if yours is bigger or smaller you can do more or less per batch.
  • Be sure and check the later batches at 5 minutes - they'll cook faster. The first few sets cooked at 6 minutes for me.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg