Whether you’re looking for a midday snack or a side dish, our air fryer cheesy garlic toast is just perfect. The gooey melted cheese, punchy garlic, and crunchy bread truly deliver on flavor and texture! We know you and your family are going to fall in love with this super simple, tasty recipe. 

overhead of 2 pieces of cheese garlic toast

Why we love air fryer cheesy garlic toast

We are totally obsessed with this recipe. It makes for an indulgent afternoon snack when you really need a quick  pick-me-up. This cheesy garlic toast is the best side dish to serve on pasta night or alongside a deliciously dip-able soup! It’s crunchy, garlicky, and cheesy – seriously the most delightful bite.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can make some easy variations that have a big impact on flavor. Here are some of our favorite ways to spice this up:

  • Try adding crushed red pepper for a little bit of a kick! The subtle heat from the crushed red pepper is a great addition to this recipe.
  • Fresh herbs are a must! We love parsley, oregano and basil the most to compliment these flavors.
  • Sliced tomatoes add a pop of color and flavor to this cheesy toast! 
compound butter in a marble mortar and pestle

What equipment do you need to make air fryer cheesy garlic toast

To be honest, this recipe is super straightforward. You really only need two pieces of equipment to make it: an air fryer and a mortar and pestle. If you are missing one, or don’t have either, worry not! We will let you know how to adapt this recipe to what you have in your kitchen.

We love our air fryer. It uses convection air circulation to cook food quickly with a small amount of oil. Air fryer cooking is fast, easy, and low mess – it is such a great tool to have in the kitchen. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can totally still make this recipe. Pop the toasts on a baking sheet and throw them in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. 

We use a mortar and pestle to mix up the garlic butter we use for this recipe. A solid marble or stone mortar and pestle is a fun kitchen tool to have, but it’s not necessary. If you don’t have one,  you’ll just need a bowl and spoon or masher to grind the ingredients together. 


How to make air fryer garlic toast

  1. In the bowl of a mortar and pestle add butter, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Mash the ingredients together until everything is thoroughly combined. 
    1. Note: if you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can mash everything together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Spread compound butter on toast.
  3. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Air fry at 350 degrees F. for 6 minutes, until cheese is golden brown and melted.
cheesy garlic toast in an air fryer

If you love cheesy bread. Try these other recipes!

  • Our Cheesy Garlic Bread is the stuff of dreams! Similar to this recipe, we use a compound butter that is garlicky and delish!
  • This No Knead Cheesy Focaccia Bread is incredibly easy to make. The olive oil helps to create that traditional focaccia crust, and melty cheese always makes everything better.
  • We love our baked Cheesy Garlic Knots! They come together quickly, make a very small mess and are so so indulgent!
air fryer cheesy garlic toast in an air fryer
two pieces of cheese garlic toast with a bite taken out of one

Air Fryer Cheesy Garlic Toast

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Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 2
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
This simple and quick garlic toast is going to rock your world! It's buttery, cheesy, and so good!


  • 2 sourdough sliced bread or your favorite bread
  • 4 tbsp room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves grated garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Salt pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Crushed red pepper to taste


  • In a bowl add butter, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and mix together until combined.
  • Spread compound butter on toast.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Air fry at 350 degrees F. for 6 minutes, until cheese is golden brown and melted. 



Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1321IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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