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Air Fryer Homemade Bread Rolls

Whip up some delicious homemade dinner rolls quickly and easily in your air fryer. These dinner rolls are so light and fluffy, and take less time to bake compared to the oven. The perfect bread side for any meal, and a must have for Thanksgiving!


  •  Prep Time   20 minutes
  •  Cook Time  15 minutes
  •  Resting time2 hours
  •  Total Time   35 minutes
  • Servings     12 small rolls
  • Calories      143kcal


  • ¼ cup water warmed (100F – 110F)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast 1 packet
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated white sugar divided
  • 2 ¼ cup Bread flour spooned and leveled (281g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 Tablespoons softened unsalted butter divided
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling on top optional


  • Add water, yeast, and 1 tsp of granulated white sugar to a small measuring cup. Stir and set aside for 10 minutes, until the yeast has bloomed.
  • Add bread flour, remaining granulated sugar, and salt to a large bowl. Mix until combined. Add yeast mixture, milk, and 3 Tablespoons of softened butter and mix until combined. Use your hands to clump the dough together and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes until smooth. You could also use a stand mixer for this step.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow it to proof in a warm area until it’s almost double in size, about 1 – 1 ½ hours.
  • Meanwhile, line the bottom of the air fryer basket with parchment paper. DO NOT turn on the air fryer at this time. Place dough on lightly floured surface and cut dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a roll and place them in the lined air fryer basket next to each other, with the sides touching. Close the air fryer. DO NOT start the air fryer at this time. Allow the rolls to rise again for 45 minutes to 1 hour in the closed air fryer that is off.
  • When ready to air fry, turn on the air fryer and set the temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 15-18 minutes until the rolls are done, and golden on top.
  • Brush the rolls with the remaining butter and sprinkle with coarse kosher salt or sea salt if desired. Enjoy.


  • This dough can be made in a stand mixer. Follow the directions and knead dough in the stand mixer with a dough hook for 7-8 minutes.
  • It’s best to use a scale to weigh the flour in this recipe. However, if you don’t have a scale, cups will work fine. Just make sure to spoon the flour into the cup and level it before placing it in the bowl.
  • All-purpose flour can be used instead of bread flour if needed.
  • Don’t skip the rising times, this is what results in light and fluffy dinner rolls.
  • You do not need to preheat the air fryer for this recipe.
  • Different air fryer models can run slightly differently, so cooking times may vary slightly. Check them at around 15 minutes.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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