Air Fryer Garlic Knots Made Simple with Store-bought Dough

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Air fryer garlic knots are oozing with rich, garlicky flavor, and the best part? They’re ready in less than 10 minutes! In the time it would take to preheat your oven, you can be pulling these golden beauties out of your air fryer.

These garlic knots are made with store-bought pizza dough, so you skip all the complicated steps of proofing yeast and mixing in flour. And the air fryer gives the garlic knots a crispy exterior while keeping the interior soft and tender – an essential factor for the perfect garlic knot.

I love quick finger food, especially if it’s warm, fluffy, and smothered in butter, garlic, and herbs. It’s the type of comfort food that’s a surefire hit at parties, family gatherings, or even just as a treat to satisfy your late-night cravings.

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So, if you’ve thought your air fryer is only for reheating pizza or cooking frozen food, these garlic knots are here to prove you wrong. This recipe shows off the versatility of air frying and how it can bring restaurant-style dishes to your kitchen, even for beginning cooks.

In this post, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of making these simple air fryer garlic knots. We’ll also discuss some handy air frying tips and tricks, meal pairings, and how to store and reheat your knots for optimal tastiness. Once you’ve tried these, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

Looking for more air fryer recipes? Try my zucchini chips, corn on the cob, and yellow squash.

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🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Pizza dough: I usually use premade pizza dough (because I’m lazy like that 😉), but homemade pizza dough works well too.
  • Melted butter
  • Minced garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • Grated parmesan cheese
Labeled ingredient photo for air fryer garlic knots.

🥣How to Make Air Fryer Garlic Knots

  1. Prep: Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F. Melt the butter and mix it with the minced garlic.
  2. Roll and cut the dough: Roll out your pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Then, cut the dough into long strips about ½ inch wide. I usually aim for about 10-12 strips.
  3. Tie the knots: Take each strip of dough and tie it into a knot. Don’t worry about making them perfect – the charm is in their homemade appearance.
  4. Coat with seasoning: Place your tied knots into the air fryer basket, keeping them in a single layer. Brush each knot with the garlic butter, then sprinkle on some Italian seasoning and the grated cheese.
  5. Air fry: Air fry your garlic Parmesan knots for 5-7 minutes or until they’re a light golden brown and cooked through.
Roll the dough.
Roll the dough
Slice the dough.
Slice the dough
Garlic knots before air frying.
Before air frying

🍴Serving Ideas

Here are my favorite serving ideas for these delicious homemade garlic knots.

  • As a side dish: These garlic knots are the perfect companion to your favorite pasta dish, like spaghetti or chicken pasta. They go perfectly with any Italian meal.
  • Tasty appetizer: Arrange these garlicky knots on a platter with your favorite dipping sauce, like marinara sauce, ranch dressing, pizza sauce, or garlic butter.
  • Pizza night: Why not shake things up on your next pizza night? Serve these garlic knots alongside as a fun side pizza side dish.
  • Soup and salad: On those chilly days when all you want is a bowl of comforting soup, these garlic knots make the perfect addition. Pair them with a warm bowl of minestrone soup and a simple side salad for a complete meal.

💭How to Store

If you plan to eat these knots within a day or two (which, let’s be honest, is highly likely), store them in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature. They’ll stay soft and delicious for up to 2 days.

When you are ready to serve them, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, or warm them in the air fryer for crispy garlic knots.

For maximum longevity, the freezer is your best bet. Wrap each garlic knot individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag.

They’ll keep for up to 3 months, making them the perfect make-ahead treat for busy weeknights or unexpected guests. To reheat, let the frozen garlic knots thaw at room temperature for about an hour, then warm them in the oven or air fryer until heated through.

Holding an air fryer garlic knot.


Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • You don’t need to be a master chef to get the perfect shape. Just tie them into knots. The key here is to ensure they’re not too tight, as they’ll need room to expand in the air fryer. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be too hard on yourself if your first few knots aren’t Instagram-worthy.
  • Make sure you preheat your air fryer for this recipe. The garlic knots cook so fast that a preheated air fryer helps achieve that perfect golden brown color.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Make sure there is room for the air to circulate and for the dough to expand a bit. Cook in batches if you need to.
  • Use parchment paper in the air fryer to prevent the garlic knots from sticking.
  • You can substitute 1 teaspoon of garlic powder for the minced garlic.


Can I use frozen dough?

Absolutely! Just make sure to thaw it out in the refrigerator overnight before using it.

How do I reheat garlic knots in the air fryer?

Cook the garlic knots at 300 degrees F for about 3 minutes until they’re warmed and crispy outside.

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Air Fryer Garlic Knot Recipe

Published By Anne
Make Air Fryer Garlic Knots in less than 10 minutes using store-bought dough! These golden knots are irresistibly delicious and garlicky.
Prep Time4 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time9 minutes
Servings: 5
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  • 1 pound Pizza dough
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F.
  • Melt the butter. Then combine it with the minced garlic in a small bowl.
    1/4 cup unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon garlic
  • Roll out the pizza dough on a floured cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into long strips with a pizza cutter. I shoot for 10-12 strips from 1 pound of dough.
    1 pound Pizza dough
  • Tie the strips into knots and place them in the air fryer basket. Keep them in a single layer so the air can circulate.
  • Use a pastry brush to coat them with the butter mixture. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.
    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Air fry for 5-7 minutes.


  • Don’t overthink the shapes. Just tie the dough strips into knots. Keep the knots loose.
  • Homemade dough or store-bought pizza dough works equally well.
  • Make sure you preheat your air fryer for this recipe.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Make sure there is room for the air to circulate and for the dough to expand a bit. Cook in batches if you need to.
  • Use parchment paper in the air fryer to prevent the garlic knots from sticking.
  • You can substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder for the minced garlic.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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