Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels have been a popular snack in Germany since the 12th century. They were originally made by monks as a reward for children who learned their prayers. The shape of the pretzel is meant to resemble a person crossing their arms in prayer. In the 19th century, pretzels became popular in America thanks to German immigrants. Today, they are a beloved snack all over the world.

Air Fried Soft Pretzels

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: AppetizerCuisine: American
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Learn how to make delicious soft pretzels in an air fryer for a healthier twist on this classic snack. These pretzels are crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and perfect for dipping in your favorite sauces.


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • Vegetable oil, for brushing

  • 10 cups water

  • 2/3 cup baking soda

  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water

  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling


  • In a large bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and kosher salt.
  • Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add the flour and melted butter to the bowl and mix until the dough comes together.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • In a large pot, bring 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a boil.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a long rope.
  • Shape the ropes into pretzels and brush with vegetable oil.
  • Place the pretzels in the air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Dip each pretzel in the boiling water for 30 seconds and place back in the air fryer.
  • Brush the pretzels with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Air fry for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.


  • Make sure to preheat your air fryer before cooking the pretzels.
  • You can use any type of mustard or cheese sauce for dipping.
  • For a sweeter option, brush the pretzels with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar after air frying.

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