Air Fryer French Toast

4.99 from 687 votes

These air fryer French toast sticks are one delicious breakfast treat. Easy to prep and quick to cook, you can enjoy them within minutes!

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Cook up the most delicious French toast sticks quickly and easily in the air fryer. Perfect for a quick breakfast, they come out so beautifully. Seasoned with cinnamon for a tasty bite!

Air fryer french toast served with bowl of maple syrup
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Ingredients & substitutions

  • Bread: We love to make this recipe with sliced brioche. It’s slightly sweet and it’s soft texture soaks up the egg and milk mix well.
  • Eggs: Bread slices are dipped in beaten eggs so that when they cook in the air fryer they form a perfect crisp.
  • Milk: You can use any type of milk to make this recipe. 2% dairy works great, or a plant-based milk like unsweetened almond milk or oat milk works great.
  • Seasonings: Vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make air fryer french toast

make the batter

  1. Add the eggs, milk and seasonings to a bowl.
  2. Mix well to combine, but some cinnamon clumping is normal.
  3. Dip the sliced bread into the batter and coat all over.
3 image collage to show the steps for making the batter

cook in air fryer

  • Place the coated bread sticks into the air fryer basket, making sure they’re not touching. Feel free to use parchment paper here if your air fryer basket is not non-stick.
  • Cook until golden brown.
2 image collage to show the french toast before and after air frying

Tips for air frying french toast

  1. Don’t over soak the bread. Brioche has a soft texture and will soak up the custard mixture quickly. If you over soak it, it can start to fall apart.
  2. Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper. If your bread is a little soggy, you can line the basket with a piece of parchment to stop the liquid from making a mess in the bottom. The air fryer pictured here did not need parchment paper. Some comments below still experienced sticking with the parchment paper, so you can spray the paper with cooking spray for extra assurance too.

    Also, another tip from the comments by the lovely Kristina is not to put the parchment paper in to preheat. You want to preheat and then carefully place the parchment paper in the basket, spray it and place the french toast on top. This will prevent the parchment paper from catching on fire. Parchment is safe to use in the air fryer as long as there is something holding it down. When it becomes free-floating, there is a risk of fire.  
  1. Preheat your air fryer. If you don’t preheat your air fryer, the French toast sticks won’t cook through evenly and the middles can still be raw. If you don’t have a preheat function, let the air fryer run at 375F for 5 minutes before placing in the bread.
  2. Use a different bread. We love the richness and sweetness of brioche, but you can make this recipe with other sliced breads. If using a dense bread like sourdough you will need to soak it for a little longer in the egg mix.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to cook French toast in the air fryer?

Between 5 and 6 minutes at 375F works perfectly and results in a light and fluffy bite. Air fryer models can run slightly differently, so check at around 4 minutes.

Can you overlap the bread sticks?

For the best results, place the soaked pieces of bread in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This will ensure that they crisp up all over. You don’t need to flip the toast sticks during cooking.

How do you serve them?

We love to serve this with a dusting of powdered sugar and then some maple syrup of dipping. Serve along side some fresh fruits and berries, or go all out with some whipped cream.

Air fried french toast dunking into bowl of maple syrup

This air fryer French toast recipe is so easy and quick to make and guarantees perfect results every time. They are perfect for kids too as they’ll love dunking the sticks in maple syrup!

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Air Fryer French Toast

These air fryer French toast sticks are one delicious breakfast treat. Easy to prep and quick to cook, you can enjoy them within minutes!
5 from 687 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Breakfast
Calories 374
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Total Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer 375°F and line the air fryer with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray if needed.
  • In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
  • Dip each piece of bread into the egg mixture and then flip it over to coat both sides. Place the french toast sticks in the air fryer and repeat with as many pieces as will fit in the air fryer at once, about 8-12 pieces.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the french toast is golden brown and puffed.
  • Serve the french toast sticks warm with maple syrup and powdered sugar, if desired.

Notes

Storage: Once cooked, the French toast sticks will keep well for 2 days and can be reheated in the ai fryer.
Freeze: These freeze really well and will keep well for up to 3 months. They can be reheated from frozen in the air fryer.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 180mg, Sodium: 463mg, Potassium: 210mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 452IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 154mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Breakfast
4.99 from 687 votes (675 ratings without comment)

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  1. Justine Monken says:

    Wow! I made these with Berry sourdough bread and they were the best ever! Cooked for about 7 min because I wanted them super crispy! Fantastic! Thanks so much!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yum, berry sourdough french toast sounds so good!! So glad you enjoyed, Justine!

  2. Amira says:

    I’m new to using an air fryer. It would be helpful if the recipe included a note to flip halfway through the cooking time. I used parchment paper and a flat spatula to scrape/flip as they stuck to the bottom.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Hmm, you shouldn’t have to flip them halfway through the cook time. Did you use cooking spray on the parchment paper? My air fryer is nonstick but others have had issues with the parchment paper sticking if they don’t also spray with oil. Try spraying the parchment paper next time and see if that helps!

      1. Amira says:

        I actually tried this recipe again today. Sprayed the parchment paper and flipped halfway – turned out perfect! Love this for an egg breakfast sandwich alternative for my kids. They get an egg and grain serving, but they think it’s a treat as it’s dipped in syrup!

        1. Yumna J. says:

          Aww, I’m so glad to hear it!!

  3. Barbara says:

    Easy and delicious! Thank you. I added vanilla, nutmeg and cinnammon to the egg and milk mixture. Great! Crispy on the outside, soft in the center and simply lovely!!!!

    1. Yumna says:

      So happy you enjoyed it!

  4. Isabella says:

    Flavorless and took 5 minutes per side. Not certain where I went wrong.

    1. Yumna says:

      So sorry to hear. How saturated was the bread when you put it in the air fryer? Also was the airfryer preheated?

  5. Lisa J says:

    Thank you for this super easy and so delicious recipe! I preheated the air fryer and I used avacado oil spray on the parchment paper. I also turned the sticks halfway through cooking. They turned out perfect. This is a keeper recipe.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So glad you liked it, Lisa!

  6. Victoria C says:

    Amazing I had been deep frying mine but kept looking for a better way thank you these are wonderful

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked them!

  7. Michelle says:

    Smelt good! But man did they stick! My husband wasn’t too happy cleaning the air fryer.
    Unfortunately won’t be doing this in the air fryer again 😞 in the pan sure!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Oh, no! I am sorry to hear that. Did you try lining the bottom with parchment paper? I will dig deeper into this problem and see what’s happening. Please tell your husband I am sorry for the extra cleanup work!

  8. Sujay says:

    Great recipe! If you are using a dryer or more dense bread, try to leave the slices in the wet mix a bit longer to soak up the good stuff. The ones I let sit in the bowl for a few minutes, turned out way fluffier and better than the ones I only gave heave dip. Dryer, denser bread may require more wet mix than this recipe calls for. But either way my son loved them. Thank you!

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you so much! Great tip. Glad you both enjoyed it nonetheless!

  9. Salma says:

    For the first time i made, Brioche air fryer French Toast and they were delicious.

  10. Sarah says:

    I won’t use the air fryer for French toast again. Stuck terribly to the pan and peeled off the cooked part, leaving behind toast that was cooked perfectly on one side and soggy on the other. Recipe makes it sound like parchment paper is optional (and flammable, according to comments) and doesn’t mention sharing with oil. I’ll go traditional with a pan next time. Oh, the flavor was great, btw—nice recipe for the batter.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      It is not flammable under 425. Is it possible you are thinking of wax paper? Parchment paper is completely safe to use and there are some specifically made for the air fryer.

  11. Rachel Blair says:

    I just did this and laid down parchment paper. My air fryer caught fire 🤦🏼‍♀️ So be careful putting it in certain air fryers.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Definitely be careful with that!!

      1. Sherry Martin says:

        I used parchment paper on my first batch and they stuck badly. I used the silicone mat made for air fryers on my 2nd batch and no sticking at all. I flipped them last 2 minutes to acquire more even toasting. 2nd batch was perfect. Parchment paper should probably be sprayed with oil first.

        1. Yumna Jawad says:

          I’m glad to hear a silicone mat works! Thank you for sharing that with me!

  12. Leann says:

    Beyond delicious! My house smelled heavenly and the French toast was scrumptious. Hubby and I enjoyed every bite of it! I’ll definitely make it again. Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thank you! Love that you both enjoyed it!

  13. Valerie says:

    I didn’t have parchment paper so I sprayed the air fryer pan with two different types of cooking sprays. Each time the sticks stuck to the pan. 😢 Will they stick using parchment paper too?

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      I’m not sure why that happened! It shouldn’t be the case, but let me know how it goes with the parchment paper.

    2. Emma says:

      Ugh me too!! 🙁

      1. Becky says:

        Same! Stuck to the pan. Tossed it.

        1. Yumna Jawad says:

          Did you try lining your air fryer basket with parchment paper?

    3. Kristina says:

      They will not stick to the parchment paper as long as you spray with non stick spray! Also do not put the paper in to pre heat air-fryer, preheat then place paper then french toast or the paper, or the paper will catch fire. its safe to use as long as you have something holding it down

      1. Yumna J. says:

        Great tip, Kristina, on not using the parchment paper during preheating! I am going to add it to the post, so more people see it! Thank you so much for commenting!