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There’s nothing like the flavor and texture of the perfectly prepared soft pretzel!
They are fluffy yet crispy, filled with a yeasty flavor and just enough salt. However, pretzels from scratch can be a big project to make, and that is where frozen pretzels shine!
Everyone loves a warm, soft pretzel, but who has time to make one from scratch!? Level up your snack game with this guide to making frozen pretzels in the air fryer for a fast, delicious soft pretzel snack!
What is a Frozen Pretzel?
Frozen pretzels all start with the standard soft pretzel dough, but they come in made varieties.
There are frozen pretzel sticks, twists, and bites. They also make some frozen pretzels with cheese or meat fillings!
No matter the style, frozen pretzels are a wonderful convenience that allows you to have a baked treat that would normally take hours in minutes! With the assistance of an air fryer, this classic stadium-style snack can be whipped up in minutes!
Why Air Fry Frozen Pretzels?
The air fryer has become one of the world’s favorite small appliances due to its powerful convection-style heating. It can make foods crispy and delicious in a flash without cooking oil or fat. That makes this machine a dream for your diet and your schedule!
Nobody wants to preheat a full-sized oven for a couple of frozen pretzels! The air fryer preheats in minutes, and it does not produce enough heat to make your kitchen stuffy. Air frying is an excellent option for a small kitchen and warm days.
Should Frozen Pretzel be Thawed Before Air Frying?
Frozen pretzels are the perfect snack; they’re soft, flavorful, and ready in a flash!
That is what makes them such a popular snack, but do they need to thaw before air frying? No, luckily these soft yet crisp twists can go from the freezer to the air fryer to your plate in five minutes or less without thawing!
Getting Ready to Air Fry
Air frying is easy, but you should take a few steps to ensure you’re ready to cook. Follow these simple prep steps to help get ready for air-frying frozen pretzels:
- Position the Air Fryer – An air fryer is a safe way to cook when set up correctly. Position the air fryer on a dry countertop with about 6 inches of space around it. Periodically ensure the cord looks intact and plug prongs are clear and unbent.
- Double Check the Basket – Remove the basket and make sure it is cleaned. If not, wash and dry the basket interior and rack before using.
- Mise en Place – Make sure you have everything you need. Put out a brush for the water, the pretzel salt, and a hot pad or trivet.
Should Frozen Pretzels be Salted
To salt or not to salt that is the question. Well, it’s really up to you! An air-fried pretzel is delicious as a sweet or savory treat.
If you are enjoying a savory pretzel, salt the pretzel as directed in the steps. If you want a sweet pretzel treat, do not salt before cooking instead brush the pretzel with butter after cooking and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
No matter which variety you choose, the air fryer will give it a satisfying texture and delightful soft flavor!
- 1 Frozen pretzel
- Air fryer.
- Turn the air fryer on.
- Press ‘Air Fry’ and set the temperature to 300°F and set the time to 5 minutes.
- Allow the air fryer to preheat. Preheating only takes about 1-2 minutes. During the preheating, lightly brush the frozen pretzel with water and sprinkle on pretzel salt, if desired.
- When prompted, add the frozen pretzels. Try to keep them in a single layer. Work in batches to avoid overfilling the air fryer if you need to.
- The air fryer will prompt you to turn the food, open the air fryer and turn the food 90°F and then replace the basket.
- Continue cooking until the end of the cycle and then remove the basket.
- Check the pretzels for doneness; they should be hot and crispy on the outside but soft enough to squish. You can also cut one open to check the middle for doneness.
- If they aren’t quite cooked through, return the basket to the air fryer and heat them at 300°F for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
- For sweet pretzels, remove them from the basket immediately and brush with butter then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Dipping Sauces for Pretzels
Soft pretzels were made for dipping! Try these delicious sauces to dip your air-fried pretzel in:
- Homemade Icing – For sweet pretzels, mix powdered sugar with a dash of heavy cream or citrus juice to make a quick icing for ducking or drizzling.
- Chocolate – Melt your favorite type of chocolate (white, milk, or dark) and use this as a rich dip for sweet pretzels.
- Homemade Honey Mustard – Make the perfect savory pretzel dip by mixing mayo, stone-ground mustard, and honey. Add seasonings to taste and dip away!
- Cheese – Pretzels and cheese are a classic combo. Grab some spreadable cheese for your savory pretzel or try a jar of salsa con queso for a more zesty pretzel dip.
Can I Store Air-Fried Frozen Pretzels?
Unfortunately, it’s not recommended. As these pretzels sit they tend to lose their moisture and sometimes they can become hard. They do not take to storage very well, so always be mindful of how many frozen pretzels you make at once, and do not over-make.
These delightful pretzels make an ideal snack, appetizer, or even dessert.
Serve them while they’re warm and pair them with delicious complementary flavors. Dips and sauces are the best way to introduce pretzels to other flavors. Dip them, dunk them, and go crazy because it’s all delicious!