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You will love toasted crumpets in air fryer. Fast and easy and perfect for when you are craving crumpets for breakfast.

Mix and match crumpet toppings, or keep it simple with some butter, or why not try our cheesy crumpets?

Air Fryer Crumpets
Air Fryer Crumpets
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Air Fryer Crumpets

We all have those favourite foods from childhood, don’t we? I have so many greats and crumpets are up there in the top 5. My grandad who was a fantastic cook, got me hooked on crumpets, as well as other classic foods like liver and onions, black pudding, scotch broth and his amazing fishcakes.

No surprise then that we have instant pot liver and onions, air fryer black pudding, instant pot scotch broth and air fryer fishcakes on the blog!

For a guy that was born in 1917 and raised his children during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s he was a modern dad with a true talent for cooking.

So, when he showed me that crumpets taste amazing when warmed up over a coal fire and then loaded with butter I was smitten.

Since then, my crumpets addiction has grown and grown. When I lived in England, I would always have Warburtons Crumpets for breakfast. I remember being on a trip back to England in 2008 and sleeping on a great friend’s sofa.

He just couldn’t believe that I would spend a whole week just eating crumpets. I hadn’t had any for months and the craving was crazy. He also was a gem and bought me some more when I ran out.

Fast forward to 2023 and we have been living back in the UK for the last 2 and a bit years and I always have crumpets in the freezer ready for the air fryer.

Today, we will be sharing with you our air fryer crumpets recipe, along with crumpet toppings, cheesy crumpets, and all your top FAQ about crumpets in air fryer.

Beyond our air fryer crumpets recipe, we have many more easy recipes for breakfast including: toast in air fryer, air fryer English breakfast, air fryer sausages and bacon, air fryer egg cups and lets not forget about the air fryer omelette.

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What Is A Crumpet?

A crumpet is a small griddle cake, or many call it a mix between a pancake and an English muffin. It has a similar central texture as bread. It is famous for its pretty holes and many love the crumpet because of the way the crumpet toppings dribble in the holes.

A crumpet is most popular in the UK, but is also popular in Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

What Are Crumpets Made Of?

The main ingredients in a crumpet are:

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Milk
  • Water

But of course, with Warburtons selling 700 million crumpets a year and having the perfect recipe, I am all about toasting my favourite brand of crumpets instead!

Can You Air Fry Crumpets?

Absolutely! In fact, cooking crumpets in the air fryer is easier than our air fryer toast. I know this sounds silly when they are similar foods, but because crumpets are heavier than toast, it doesn’t do a runner into the air vents.

You can simply place four crumpets at a time in your air fryer and then let the air fryer do the hard work.

Can Crumpets Be Toasted In Air Fryer?

Yes, you can toast crumpets in the air fryer and its so easy. You simply place the crumpets into the air fryer basket (up to 4 will fit on a single layer) and then air fry until toasted to your liking.

You can also air fry crumpets with your toppings such as when you want the butter to melt over the crumpets.

Can You Make Toast In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can toast in air fryer is so easy and I haven’t owned a real toaster for many, many years. You could also do cheese on toast, or make air fryer cheese and ham toasties, using the air fryer.

Can You Toast Crumpets Without A Toaster?

Yes, you can. I have not had a toaster for a long time now and have used other kitchen gadgets that I have in, instead.

My favourites include the air fryer, a toaster oven does the best, and also the instant pot lid.

Can You Eat Crumpets Cold?

Yes you can. But they are boring and it’s like when you eat your dinner when it has gone cold. It is just not the same. Plus, a lot of the crumpet’s obsession is about them being warm with melted butter dripping down.

Can You Toast Crumpets From Frozen?

Yes you can and I do this a lot. You see where I source my Warburtons Crumpets from, is sold frozen. Therefore, I will usually transfer them from the supermarket freezer to my freezer. I will then have a craving for crumpets and realise that they are in the freezer.

Grab some out and throw them straight into the air fryer for them to be toasted from frozen.

Can You Toast Crumpets From Frozen?

Yes, you can toast frozen crumpets in the air fryer, and I have done it whilst being recorded for my local radio station.

The lovely radio lady came around to my house and wanted to see air fryer soft boiled eggs and whether or not they were a myth. I just knew I couldn’t serve her boiled eggs without the toast soldiers and I had no regular bread in.

So what I did was put frozen crumpets in the air fryer, then once defrosted, spread them out in the air fryer basket and cooked as usual.

To defrost crumpets in air fryer – place frozen crumpets into your air fryer basket and air fry for 3 minutes at 160c/320f.

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Crumpets Air Fryer Ingredients

Crumpets – We love Warburtons crumpets, but any brand will work well in the air fryer.  

Toppings – Crumpet toppings is totally personal choice but I love butter, and either pate, cheese, or some jam on top of mine. It depends what crumpet topping I am craving.

Can You Recommend An Air Fryer?

I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them. But if you would rather have a dual air fryer we recommend this Ninja Dual (make sure you order the right one as not all are good) or the Philips Dual.

How To Cook Crumpets In Air Fryer?

air fryer crumpets step by step
  • Toast. Lets air fry crumpets. Start by adding crumpets to the air fryer and air frying for 2 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Butter. Next add the butter to the tops of your crumpets and cook for a further 1-2 minutes at 200c/400f or until the crumpets are toasted to your liking and your butter has melted.
  • Toppings. Next add any crumpet toppings that you would normally add cold such as jam, pate etc before serving.

And that is how easy crumpets in air fryer are to toast and add toppings to.

What To Put On Crumpets?

You have made crumpets in the air fryer, you know how to toast crumpets, but what about those delicious crumpet toppings?

Well, you can scroll below for our cheesy crumpets, but for a more basic and easy breakfast crumpets idea, anything you would normally put on toast can be a crumpet topping.

For example, with my crumpets air fryer toppings I usually add butter, and one of the following:

  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • Jam
  • Marmalade
  • Lemon Curd
  • Pate (especially Brussels pate)
  • Grated Cheese

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Cheesy Crumpets

Crumpets has recently become a thing on TikTok and become a TikTok trend and we decided to try it the different way.

Instead of simply loading crumpets into the air fryer and air frying, you cut them into quarters, like you would with afternoon tea sandwiches.

Then load them into the air fryer (on foil) sideways and spray with extra virgin olive oil.

Then add grated cheese and air fry for 4 minutes at 200c/400f. You then have this cheesy air fryer crumpets thing that is AMAZING. And if you want crumpets with cheese, then this is how its done.

But it gets better….if you remove the crumpets with the foil you can eat from the foil and save on washing up!

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How Long To Toast Crumpets In Air Fryer?

The crumpets in air fryer time is JUST 3 minutes. This is perfect for firstly warming through and toasting crumpets and then an extra minute to warm up your toppings.

What Temperature To Cook Crumpets In Air Fryer?

We recommend 3 different temperatures with crumpets in the air fryer.

  • 160c/320f for defrosting frozen crumpets
  • 180c/360f for warming/toasting crumpets
  • 200c/400f for melting/warming your toppings

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This crumpets air fryer recipe is an updated post and was originally shared on Recipe This in 2020 and updated in 2021.

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Air Fryer Crumpets

You will love toasted crumpets in air fryer. Fast and easy and perfect for when you are craving crumpets for breakfast.
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 2
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Air Fryer Crumpets Ingredients:


  • Place up to four crumpets into the air fryer basket and make sure they are not on top of one another. Set the air fryer cook time to 2 minutes and the temperature to 180c/360f.
    Can You Cook Crumpets In Air Fryer?
  • When the air fryer beeps add butter on top and cook for a further 1 minute at 200c/400f.
    Can You Cook Crumpets In Air Fryer?
  • Serve as the butter drips down into the crumpet holes.
    Can You Cook Crumpets In Air Fryer?


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Optional. Most of the time I just add some butter to my crumpets and that is it. However, if you want more crumpet toppings, I recommend strawberry jam, pate or some soft cheese.
Frozen. If using frozen crumpets, I recommend starting with a 2 minute defrost at 160c/320f as that will help defrost the crumpets before they cook.
Thanks for reading our air fryer crumpets recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love bread, then I recommend you try our air fryer bread rolls.


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 737IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Sam & Dom

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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  1. 5 stars
    I thought these would take longer and now i know why mine went hard, glad you tested them and they were cooked to perfection. Also thank you as i know you do alot of American food but thank you for doing something very british. I am new to air frying and loving looking at your recipes thought i would start of simple!

  2. 5 stars
    Glad you tested Warburtons crumpets no other comes close to them, the timings were spot on for my Tower air fryer and i love some garlic and herb philly on mine 🙂