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Air Fryer Naan Bread (with Garlic Butter)

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Air Fryer Naan Bread with Garlic Butter is a great side dish and you can even use it to make pizzas. This is an easy alternative compared to store bought and it uses pantry staples. 

I may not have hopped on the bread making train in 2020, but when I discovered I could make Naan bread in my air fryer, I totally took advantage! And if you’re an Auntie Anne’s lover, check out my air fryer soft pretzel copycat recipe.

Stack of air fryer naan bread with garlic butter on a white plate.

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Making yeast bread is typically a hassle in my opinion, but this simple recipe is easy enough that anyone can do it. Not to mention, Naan brings a whole new dimension to the bread lover’s world. 

If you are wondering, Naan bread is similar to a flatbread or a pita. You can use it to make sandwiches, pizzas, and even tacos if I’m lucky. Or smear on a clove or two of air fryer roasted garlic for a simple appetizer.

You can use this kind of bread to complement any Italian dish or grilled meats. And it goes fantastic with dips like spinach, buffalo chicken, and crab dip. 

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Recipe Ingredients for Air Fryer Naan

Ingredients for the Bread

Active dry yeast – find these small packets on your local baking aisle if you are new to the bread world

Water – you will want the water warm, around 110 -115 degrees

Sugar – granulated table sugar

Milk – we’ve only tested this with dairy milk, so if you try an almond or oat milk let us know the results. 

Greek yogurt – be sure to grab the plain kind

Oil – we are using vegetable

Garlic – mince fresh garlic cloves or take the easy route and grab a jar of minced garlic from the store.

Flour – all purpose

Baking powder – make sure it’s fresh!

Salt – you can use regular table salt or sea salt

Garlic Butter Ingredients: 

Minced garlic 

Butter – you can use regular or salted

Fresh parsley 

Kitchen Tools and Gadgets 

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Stand Mixer with Dough Hook
  • Air Fryer – I have three but my favorite one is my Cosori
  • Brush – for brushing the butter on

How To Make Naan Bread in the Air Fryer

Start by adding the yeast, warm water, and sugar to your mixing bowl (that one that goes with your stand mixer). After you have mixed it together, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Once the yeast has activated you will notice it’s slightly foamy.

Pour in the flour, milk, Greek yogurt, garlic, baking powder, and salt. Insert your dough hook, start the mixer and let it do it’s thing until a dough ball forms.

two image collage showing the bread ingredients in a bowl and after the dough ball forms

Make sure you have a floured surface ready. Transfer the dough ball to floured area and start kneading, three minutes should do it.

Grab another small bowl and oil it well. Place the kneaded dough ball into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. In about an hour, the dough ball should have doubled in size and that’s how you know it’s ready for the next step. 

Once the proofing process has been completed, remove the dough from your bowl and cut it into 10 equal pieces (a bench scraper works well for this). 

Roll into balls, then flatten on a floured counter surface. You want to size them so they fit in your air fryer basket.

two image collage showing dough pieces before being flatten then the naan dough in the air fryer basket

Now, add the flattened Naan to the air fryer basket, and spritz with oil. Air fry at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

While you’re cooking the bread, melt the butter in a small microwavable dish, with the parsley and garlic. Once the Naan has finished cooking, brush on the garlic butter. 

Repeat for the remaining dough balls. 

I Don’t Have a Dough Hook, What Do I Do? 

Having a dough hook and stand mixer is just easier than hand kneading. If you find yourself without these gadgets, you can just knead by hand. Make sure to keep your hands floured so the dough doesn’t get too sticky.

close up of air fryer naan bread with brushed garlic butter

Can You Freeze Homemade Naan Bread? 

Yes and you have two options to do so. 

If you want to freeze the uncooked dough, once it has proofed and you have cut the Naan into individual dough balls, lay them on a baking sheet and flash freeze. This just means to place it openly on a baking sheet in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. Remove the tray from the freezer and place the dough balls in a freezer bag, in single layers separated by parchment or freezer paper. 

You can also freeze Naan bread it after it has cooked and completely cooled. I wait to add the garlic butter until I reheat.

To reheat, let it thaw just a bit in the refrigerator or on the counter, then heat it back up in the air fryer or oven. Brush with garlic butter after it’s cooked.

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Stack of air fryer naan bread with garlic butter on a white plate.

Air Fryer Naan

Air Fryer Naan Bread with Garlic Butter is a great side dish and you can even use it to make pizzas. An easy alternative compared to store bought and it uses pantry staples.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10 breads
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Lori


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 110-115 degrees
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Garlic Butter

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley


  • In a mixing bowl, stir the yeast, sugar and water together. Let sit for 10 minutes. It will be slightly foamy when the yeast is activated.
  • Add flour, milk, yogurt, garlic, oil, baking powder and salt. Using the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer, mix until a dough ball forms.
  • Remove dough from bowl and knead for 3 minutes on a floured surface. Place dough ball in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  • Remove dough from bowl and cut into 10 equal pieces (a bench scraper works well). Form pieces into balls. Flatten balls on a floured surface, to fit the size of your air fryer basket.
  • Place a flattened dough piece in the air fryer basket and lightly spray with oil. Cook on 370 for 6 minutes, flip and cook for 3 more minutes. Continue with remaining dough.
  • Garlic butter: In a small microwave safe bowl, melt butter with garlic and parsley. Brush mixture onto naan after cooking.


  • If you don’t have a stand mixer with a dough hook you can knead by hand. Make sure to keep your hands floured so the dough doesn’t get too sticky.
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Nutritional Estimate

Serving: 1Naan | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg

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