Everyone loves breadsticks and these air fryer frozen breadsticks are a great way to enjoy this beloved snack or appetizer. Air frying the breadsticks from frozen, straight from the freezer is amazing and easy!

Breadstick in air fryer basket

Air Fryer Frozen Breadsticks

We stopped using our regular conventional oven to heat up breadsticks because it takes so long to reheat the large oven. When air frying the frozen breadsticks, you don’t need to pre-heat the air fryer. The bread sticks are fantastic and perfectly re-heated all the way through. If you want crisper results, just cook them for a few minutes longer or until it’s to your preferred texture.

Video: Frozen Breadsticks in Air Fryer

How to Air Fry Breadsticks From Frozen

Frozen breadstick selection is plentiful. There’s so many different sizes, types and brands of frozen breadsticks. Some are wide, narrow, thick, thin and even topped with cheese or have cheese in the middle. These variations in different thicknesses and sizes all cook a little differently. Various models of air fryers will cook differently as well.  Here’s some easy air fryer re-heating tips to remember:

  • You should flip the breadsticks so they cook evenly on both sides if it’s just covered with butter and garlic.
  • If the frozen breadsticks have cheese on top, then air fry the bread sticks with the cheese side facing up. Don’t flip the bread or else the cheese side will stick to the air fryer basket or rack.
  • Start with the lowest air fry time we suggest and check to see if the breadstick is to your preferred texture.
  • If not, then increase time when needed and if you want your bread crispy, definitely add a little more time.
  • Love more butter flavor? Brush some extra melted butter on top of these after air frying. You’ll really enjoy the butter flavor once they’ve been cooked.
  • Read our recipe details in the recipe box below.
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  • Pro-Tip: here’s our favorite tools to help make air frying easier:
Evo Oil Sprayer
Evo Oil Sprayer

We LOVE Evo Oil Sprayers. Not the prettiest, but they’re functional and spritz oil great! They don’t clog up like many others we’ve bought. There’s different styles, but all seem to have the same great spray head. Works great for grilling!

8.5" Square Blue Silicone Mat
Perforated Silicone Mat

There are Square Mats & Round Mats. These perforated non-stick silicone mats are used to cook food in your air fryer or steamer to minimize sticking. Holes allow hot circulating air to cook the food & keeps the food from sticking.

Perforated Parchment Paper
Perforated Parchment Paper

Parchment sheets are great for your air fryer or bamboo steamer (food tends to stick most on wire basket or tray). Choose from different sizes, shapes, white and brown (unbleached). Holes allow air to cook food evenly.

regular and cheese filled breadsticks

What to serve with these breadsticks?

  • Dip them in marinara sauce, ranch or a cheese sauce. This queso dip is super easy to make.
  • These would be delicious dipped in this homemade easy 5 minute lazy honey mustard dip.
  • Serve them with some air fryer chicken strips
  • Add some slices of pepperoni on top to make some pepperoni breadsticks! the pepperoni might fly around with the hot circulating air, so you might want to use toothpicks to hold down the pepperoni. Remember to REMOVE the tooth picks before eating. 🙂
  • Serve them with this easy air fryer spinach dip
Air Fryer Frozen Breadsticks Recipe and Air Fried Cheese Bread Sticks | AirFryerWorld.com

Air Fryer Frozen Breadsticks

Different brands of frozen breadsticks vary in thickness & bread type so you’ll have to adjust timing. Only cook a single layer's worth at time for even cooking. Cook in multiple batches if needed. Do not thaw before air frying.
All air fryers are different and some cook much hotter than others. Once you cook your first batch, you’ll know more of what works for your model of air fryer and size of food. These were tested on basket style air fryers. Read more recipe notes below the recipe. Nutrition will vary depending on individual brands.
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  • 4 Frozen Breadsticks



  • Place the frozen breadsticks in the air fryer basket and spread in an even layer (make sure they aren't overlapping). No oil spray is needed.
    Placing Frozen Breadstick in Basket
  • Air Fry at 340°F/170°C for 5 minutes. Flip the breadsticks over.
    Continue to Air Fry at 340°F/170°C for another 1-5 minutes or until cooked to your desired golden crispness.  If you’re cooking only 1-2 breadsticks it might take about 5-6 minutes total time, depending on how crisp you like them. Test a piece first and you’ll know more of what your preferred timing is like. 
    Finished Air Fried Breadsticks


Air Frying Tips and Notes:
  1. No Oil Necessary. Cook Frozen – Do not thaw first.
  2. Cook in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  3. Recipe timing is based on a non-preheated air fryer. If cooking in multiple batches back to back, the following batches may cook a little quicker. 
  4. Recipes were tested in 3.7 to 6 qt. air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, they might cook quicker so adjust cooking time.

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 170kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 300mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g

Extra Crispy Air Fryer Breadsticks

Breadsticks are great for anytime of day and they’re so easy for air frying. But we like our breadsticks extra crispy. How about you? So we’ll sometimes air fry them for an extra minute or two so that the crust has the extra crunch. We don’t let them burn, but definitely air fry them a little longer than most people like. Try making them extra crispy. You just might love them! If you made this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments below. Thanks friends!

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