Air Fryer Soft Pretzels are a quick and easy snack that are just as delicious as those soft and chewy pretzels from the mall food court. A quick homemade yeast dough with no required rising time and cooks in just 6 minutes!

PREP TIME: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 6 minutes TOTAL TIME: 21 minutes




  • 1 ½ cups warm water (100°)
  • 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ½ – 4 cups all purpose or bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • flake sea salt


  1. Add warm water – about 100° to a large bowl with yeast, sugar and olive oil. Stir to combine and set aside about 5 minutes.
  2. Add 3 cups of flour with a teaspoon of kosher salt. 
  3. Stir together with a dough whisk or wooden spoon until dough forms a ball. 
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for 3- 5 minutes until dough is no longer sticky, adding flour 1 tablespoon at a time if needed.
  5. Divide dough in half. Work with half of the dough at a time. 
  6. Divide each dough half into 8 pieces. 
  7. Roll the dough into about a 18 inch rope. Dough can be rolled on the floured surface or between your hands. If dough is resistant to shape, allow it to rest a few minutes and try again. 
  8. Form the dough into a U shape. 
  9. Twist the ends twice.
  10. Fold the ends over the round part of the dough. 
  11. In a small bowl, beat the egg with a tablespoon of water.
  12. Brush both sides of the pretzel dough with the egg wash. 
  13. Lay the pretzels into the air fryer with space in between. 
  14. Sprinkle flake salt over the pretzels.
  15. Cook pretzels at 370° for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown.
  16. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  17. Repeat with remaining pretzels.


Tips and Variations:

  • Easy Cheese Sauce: Melt 12 ounces Velveeta cheese with ½ cup milk over medium heat, stirring until melted. 
  • Tips: Brush the egg wash over the pretzels just before adding to the air fryer for the easiest handling. 
  • Garlic Butter Pretzels: Brush baked pretzels with melted garlic butter. 
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels: Skip the flake salt and brush the pretzels with melted butter after cooking. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before serving.
  • Oven Directions: Bake pretzels on a lined baking sheet at 375° for 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • Storage: Store pretzels in an airtight container up to 24 hours at room temperature or up to 2 days in the refrigerator. 
  • Freeze: Cooked pretzels can be frozen in a single layer in a freezer bag up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: Reheat thawed pretzels in air fryer at 350° 1- 2 minutes. For frozen pretzels 3- 4 minutes.