Try out this easy and delicious Air Fryer Everything Bagel recipe. These are a homemade air fryer version that is sprinkled with an Everything bagel seasoning and come out the perfect golden brown.
🥯Why We Love This Recipe
Easy to Make | These are super simple to make. There is no need to be intimidated by the yeast dough process. It is virtually impossible to mess it up! Follow the steps and remember that this is “science” so give the dough time to rise. Simply follow along and the bagels will turn out fantastic.
Simple Ingredients | There isn’t anything in this recipe that is hard to find. I bet you have everything in the pantry already.
Great for Breakfasts and Snacks | These are all-purpose so they can be used in many different ways. Don’t think of these as just for breakfast with cream cheese. Make a batch of these and make up Meal Prep Breakfast Sandwiches for the freezer or create a batch of Instant Pot Cream Cheese to slather on these for this weekend. Kids love to pile peanut butter and jelly on them for a robust meal or snack on their way to after-school activities or long travel games on the weekends.
Freezer friendly | Not only can these be made into Breakfast Freezer Sandwiches, but they can be made and then flash frozen to take out of the freezer later. These are on the top of my list to meal prep as they are perfect “grab and go” options for breakfast and lunches.
All Purpose Flour | Make sure to not deviate from this type. Don’t use whole wheat or self rising flour for this recipe. Just stick to the All Purpose.
Yeast | Use Active Dry Yeast, not Instant or Rapid Rise – so watch the labels. Active Dry Yeast is partially dehydrated and then put into single use packets that each contain ¼ ounce. It will be rehydrated with the water and will start to foam.
Everything Bagel Seasoning | This is a specialty seasoning mix that is found in the seasoning aisle. It is packed full of poppy seeds, minced garlic, minced onion, salt, and sesame seeds.
Full steps and measurements for these bagels are in the printable recipe card below.
Step One: Add warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes to activate the yeast. It is important that the water is warm. Shoot for around 90 degrees to get the optimal performance from the yeast.
Step Two: Add in the flour and salt and mix for around a minute. Pour the dough out on a lightly floured surface like your counter.
Step Three: Knead the dough for about one minute. Grease a bowl and add the dough. Cover it with a towel and let it rise for about one hour.
Step Four: Once the dough has risen, separate it into eight pieces and form them into bagel shapes.
Step Five: Bring water to a boil and then turn the stove top down to low. Add the bagel to the water and let it bathe for about one to two minute on each side. Remove the bagel and set aside.
Note: The longer you let the bagel cook in the water, the tougher it will become. You want a little bit of chewiness, but don’t overdo it.
Step Six: Sprinkle the bagels with the Everything bagel seasoning and add it to the air fryer at 350 degrees for about eight minutes. They should be golden brown. Expect that you will need to repeat this process as most air fryers will only fit one or two bagels at a time.
If you have bagels that you don’t eat right away, allow them to fully cool on a cooling rack.
Transfer into a sealable bag or airtight container. Store on the counter for up to a few days.
For longer term storage, make a batch, lay them out on a sheet pan after they have cooled and place them in the freezer for about six hours uncovered. Remove from the freezer and place them in a freezer safe Ziploc bag for storage. This flash freezing approach will let you take out one bagel at a time for a breakfast.
📌 Expert Tips & Variations To Recipe
- Double the recipe and store extras for the next few weeks.
- Leave off the everything bagel seasoning and change up the flavors to fit your preference.
- Make sure to allow your dough to rise, or your bagels will fall flat.
- Soaking the bagels in water longer results in a chewier texture.
Soaking your bagel dough in hot water stops them from rising as they bake, like a dinner roll would. The longer the bagels soak, the chewier the texture. If you don’t soak, you will find the bagels rise a lot as it cooks.
When working with activated yeast, you have to mix the yeast with warm water and sugar. This allows the yeast to bloom. Blooming is when the mixture begins to foam. That is how you know your yeast is active.
If you find after adding in the water and sugar, it doesn’t foam and rise after 10 minutes, your yeast is spoiled or bad and it’s time to toss it out. The dough will not rise if the yeast doesn’t foam.
Roll out the dough into long lines. Then connect the ends making a circle with a hole in the center.
Make your bagels as small or as large as you would like. Just know that depending on the size, the cook time will vary.
Did you make sure that the yeast foamed? If it didn’t, that is most likely the cause.
Turn the air fryer on to 360 degrees and allow to preheat. Cut the bagel in half horizontally and cook for 2-3 minutes.
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Air Fryer Everything Bagel
- Air Fryer
- Three Quart Pot
- 3½ cups Flour all purpose
- 1½ tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Active Dry Yeast
- 1⅓ Water @90 degrees
- 1½ tsp Salt
- 8 tbsp Everything Bagel Seasoning
- In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, yeast and water. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes. Frothy bubbles should form.
- Add flour and salt and stir lightly for one minute. Then using your hands, lightly knead the dough. Roll the dough into itself and place in an oiled bowl. Cover with a damp towel and let dough rise for one hour.
- Once the dough has doubled in size, cut it into eight even pieces. Form each dough into a ball by tucking in the edges of the cuts and rounding out on a flat surface.
- Using your floured thumb and middle finger, create a hole in the center of the bagel and then lightly stretch the hole open about an inch.
- Get a pot of water to boiling and the lower the heat to low. Bath each bagel in the hot water for 1-2 minutes on each side. The longer the bagel soaks, the chewier the result.
- Season the bagels with one tablespoon of the Everything Bagel seasoning.
- Spray the air fryer basket with oil and place bagels in and cook on 350 for eight minutes.