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Air Fryer Pretzel Bites

Make these easy and delicoius Air Fryer Pretzel Bites completely from scratch!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Resting Time 30 mins
Course Air Fryer Snack Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 44 Bites
Calories 53 kcal


  • 1 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp Lukewarm Water, Divided (90-95*F - See Note)
  • 2 1/4 Tsp Active Dry Yeast (or 1 Envelope)
  • 1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Baking Soda Bath

  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda

Butter and Salt Topping

  • 3 Tbsp Melted Butter (Unsalted or Salted will work)
  • Sea Salt


  • In a large bowl, pour 1 1/2 cups of warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar together. This is best done with a stand mixer or by hand, the hand mixer is not normally strong enough to keep up with the thick batter.
  • Let this sit for 4-5 minutes. The mixture will start frothing and foaming. This means the yeast is activated. This should be happening at this step otherwise the water temperature was not correct.
  • Once the yeast is frothy, add the flour and the salt, mix this well to combine.
  • Transfer the dough and if any remains in your bowl knead that in as well, you can add about 1-2 tbsp of water if needed to get it to stick together. Knead this for 2-3 minutes on a floured surface until you have a nice ball formed. It will be slightly sticky but should not stick to your fingers.
  • Pour 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil in a bowl, place the dough in the bowl and cover for 30 minutes.
  • After about 20 minutes into the rising time, fill a saucepan with 4 cups of water, it's best to use a 5 quart pan. Bring the water to a boil.
  • Once it's boiling add in 1/4 cup of baking soda, be very careful as it will bubble up.
  • After 30 minutes of the dough rising, place the dough into a working surface to divide into balls. It's easiest to use a cookie dough scoop otherwise use a tablespoon to do this.
  • Place 4-6 balls at a time into the baking soda bath for 30 seconds, then immediately place in the air fryer basket. (The basket can be lined with parchment or silicone liners if you prefer.)
  • Use the Air Fryer to cook these for 3 minutes at 390*F. (This is with no preheating.)
  • Flip the pretzels and bake for an additional 4 minutes.
  • Repeat the process for all pretzel balls.
  • Once they are cooked, brush with the melted butter and salt.
  • Serve warm.


The water must be 90-95*F in order for the yeast to bloom, if it's too cold it will not activate and too warm will kill it.  This will affect the pretzels from rising properly. 
Do not substitute the Granulated Sugar, this also must be used in order for this recipe to work properly.
This recipe made 44 balls using a 1 1/2 Tbsp Cookie Scoop OXO brand.
If you do not want to make this many bites, you can freeze the dough. Once you have the balls formed, place them on a parchment-lined plate and then into a freezer storage bag. These can be stored frozen for up to 30 days, thaw them overnight before cooking, and start back at the baking soda bath instructions.


Calories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 247mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 24IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
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