Air Fryer Pretzel Bites (Game Day Snack)

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Air fryer pretzel bites are the perfect game-day appetizer or party snack! This simple cheater recipe uses canned biscuits, so you don’t have to worry about making dough or proofing yeast.

These air fryer pretzel bites are delicious with classic pretzel flavor with minimal effort. You will be amazed at how easy it is to make these tasty treats at home with just five ingredients.

They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Dip them in hot mustard or cheese sauce and enjoy. Whether you are hosting a game day party or want a fun snack, everyone will love them.

Keep reading to learn how to make the perfect air fryer pretzel bites step by step.

Looking for more game day appetizers? Try Old Bay Wings, Zucchini Fritters, or Air Fryer Corn Ribs. Or check out the ultimate football snack stadium for game-day fun.

🥘Key Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Canned biscuits
  • Baking soda
  • Egg
  • Butter, melted
  • Coarse salt
ingredients for air fryer pretzel bites.

🥣How to Make Soft Pretzel Bites in the Air Fryer

  1. Boil Water – Put a large pot on the stove half full of water, and add the baking soda. Bring it to a boil.
  2. Make Bites – While the water heats, break each biscuit into four pieces. Roll each into a ball shape.
  3. Boil Pretzel Bites – Put the pretzel bites into the boiling water, four at a time. Let the dough cook for 2-3 minutes until it floats to the top. Remove the bites with a slotted spoon and set them aside.
breaking the biscuit into quarters.
Cut biscuits
four pretzel bites on a cutting board before air frying.
Roll into balls
boiling the biscuit pieces.
Boil with baking soda
  1. Coat – Put the egg in a bowl and stir to mix. Put the pretzel bites in the air fryer, making sure not to overcrowd the basket or tray. Brush each one with the egg.
  2. Air Fry – Air fry the cooked bites at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes or until brown.
  3. Add Salt – Brush the soft pretzel bites with butter and sprinkle them with salt.
brushing the bites with butter before air frying.
Brush with egg
brushing the bites with butter.
Brush with butter
pretzel bites in air fryer.
Add salt

🍴Serving Ideas

Air fryer soft pretzel bites are perfect for dipping, so serve these with your favorite dipping sauces. Here are some suggestions.

They are also tasty without any sauce. These are excellent for an after-school snack or game night because they are simple to make and delicious.

💭How to Store

These will taste best when they are freshly made. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container for 2-3 days. They don’t need to be refrigerated.

📝Variations

  • Flavor variations – You can switch these up and roll them in cinnamon sugar or ranch seasoning for a different pretzel flavor.
  • Oven baking – Put them on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 12 minutes.
dipping a pretzel bite in mustard.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Boiling them in a baking soda bath is essential for getting pretzel flavor. So don’t be tempted to skip it.
  • Don’t overcrowd the bites in boiling water or the air fryer. They need room to expand.
  • Use parchment paper in the air fryer, so the soft dough doesn’t stick.
  • You may need to air fry them in batches to avoid overcrowding.
  • Coarse salt, like Kosher salt, works best as pretzel salt.

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Air Fryer Pretzel Bites Recipe

Published By Anne
Make air fryer pretzel bites from canned biscuits! These easy pretzel bites are perfect dipped in mustard. Enjoy them for a quick snack.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time21 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 package biscuits large or jumbo size
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt

Instructions

  • Bring the water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot.
    ¼ cup baking soda, 6 cups water
  • Cut each biscuit into four pieces and roll the dough into balls.
    1 package biscuits
  • Once the water is boiling, add dough balls four at a time. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes until they float and expand.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove cooked dough and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to dry. Continue to boil the remaining dough balls.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Put the egg in a bowl and stir to mix.
    1 egg
  • Place the dough balls in the air fryer basket, keeping them in a single layer and leaving room to expand. Brush each one with the egg wash.
  • Air fry for 5-6 minutes until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Before serving, brush the pretzel pieces with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.
    2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon coarse salt

Notes

Oven Baking: Put them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 12 minutes.
  • Boiling them in a baking soda bath is essential for getting pretzel flavor. So don’t be tempted to skip it.
  • Don’t overcrowd the bites in boiling water or the air fryer. They need room to expand. Cook them in batches as needed.
  • Use parchment paper in the air fryer, so the soft dough doesn’t stick.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 2625mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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