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Air Fryer Pretzel Bites made with simple ingredients taste just like your favorite mall soft pretzel!  The perfect after school, game day or party snack, these soft pretzel bites are easy and oh so delicious! Easy soft pretzel bites recipe - check out the video!

Air Fryer Pretzel Bites

Air Fryer Pretzel Bites taste just like mall soft pretzel bites!  Soft pretzel bites - the perfect after-school, game day or party snack!
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 60
Author Lyndsey


  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon flaky sea salt


  • If using regular yeast, add yeast to 1 cup of water and stir.  Allow to sit covered with a clean kitchen towel for 5 minutes.  If using instant yeast, skip to next step.
  • Mix together flour, yeast, water, sugar and salt and mix using a stand mixer with a dough hook paddle attachment until dough looks shaggy, for about one minute.
  • Move dough to a flour covered surface. Knead dough for five minutes.  Place into a bowl and cover with a kitchen towel for 30 minutes.
  • While dough is resting, heat 1 cup of water until boiling.  Add in 2 tablespoon baking soda and dissolve.
  • Allow the mixture to cool and then put into a baking dish.
  • Once dough has risen after 30 minutes remove from bowl and place on a greased surface.  I used a Silpat baking sheet.
  • Cut dough into six even pieces. Roll dough into long, snake-like pieces, about 12 inches in length.
  • Using kitchen shears, snip 1-inch pieces of dough and add to water bath.  Sprinkle each with flaky sea salt.
  • Once pretzels are ready, add to air fryer pan sprayed with coconut oil spray.  Air fry at 400F for 4-5 minutes.


This recipe is adapted from one originally posted by King Arthur Baking.
Yeast:  If you are using instant yeast you can skip to the second step.  Regular yeast requires a five minute rest in the water until it becomes bubbly.
How to store and reheat soft pretzel bites:  I definitely recommend eating these bites the day you make them.  However, you can store these pretzel bites in an airtight container for 1-2 days.
To reheat soft pretzels place them in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes or until hot and crispy.
Can I freeze pretzel bites?  How do I reheat them?
To cook frozen pretzel bites brush them with a bit of water and sprinkle with salt before heating in the air fryer.  They may take a minute or two more than the fresh dough.
Variations for this recipe:
Buttered pretzel bites: roll the cooked pretzels in melted butter
Cinnamon sugar bites:  sprinkle moistened pretzels with sugar and cinnamon