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Air Fryer Bagels – Easy Spicy Bagels

Made with minimal ingredients, these Air Fryer Bagels – Easy Spicy Bagels are easy to make and taste awesome. This recipe has become a staple in our house. My girls and I can’t get enough of them. Additionally, they are so easy to make that now my girls actually help me make them.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 4


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 cup greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (maida)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 serrano peppers, small (hari mirch), 1 tablespoon finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tbsp oil (for greasing the basket)
  • 1 egg, whisked (for egg wash)
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds


  • Rinse and chop the serrano peppers finely.
  • In a mixing bowl combine Greek yogurt, all-purpose flour, baking powder, chopped serrano peppers, and salt and stir until they are fully combined together.
  • Knead the dough using your hands to form a ball of dough. When it's finished, the dough shouldn't be sticky and should be smooth. 
  • Once this is done you will want to place the dough on a surface drizzled with all purpose flour (I used a cutting board). Shape the dough into a ball and cut into 4 equal pieces. Flour your finger and poke a hole through each dough ball. Stretch the center of the hole and create a bagel shape. If it's sticky sprinkle a little bit of flour. Repeat for all the dough balls.
  • Meanwhile, grease your air fryer basket with oil. I grease mine by brushing oil generously on the bottom grate. Furthermore, follow your air fryer directions for preheating to 290°F for 5 minutes.
  • Once the bagels are put together, using a pastry brush, brush the top of the bagels with a lightly beaten egg. Further top the bagels with your favorite toppings. I have used  sesame seeds.
  • When it’s preheated, place the bagels in a single layer. Set the time and temperature at 290°F for 15 to 18 minutes. Make sure they are separated out or else they will stick to each other when ready. Every air fryer is different, check the bagel after the 15-minute mark and add or reduce the timing according to your fryer. Finally, let the bagels cool before cutting them. Enjoy


  • The egg wash is used to provide a nice finish to the bagel and help the toppings stick. If you want to eliminate the egg you can and you can use water instead.
  • I have used sesame seeds for the toppings. You can use whatever you prefer, for instance, poppy seeds, or everything bagel seasoning.
  • If you don't want them spicy you can eliminate the serrano peppers and follow all the other steps.
  • I typically air fry them for 18 minutes, however every air fryer is different and you can check the bagels after the 15 minute mark.
  • My kids helped me with making these bagels as shown in the video. If you do want your kids to help make these, make sure they work on this with adult supervision only. The air fryer basket should be touched by kids since it can be hot.
  • Please use greek yogurt only. Plain regular yogurt will mess up the consistency.
  • These can stay in the refrigerator for upto 3 days. You can reheat them in a toaster, microwave, or air fryer.
  • You can easily double this recipe.
  • You can bake these in the oven for 24 to 26 minutes at 350 degrees F, incase you dont want to use the air fryer. After 26 minutes are up increase the temperature to 450 degrees and let them brown for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • You can also make the dough ahead of time and keep it in a sealed container for upto 3 days. However, air fry only when the dough is at room temperature.
  • They freeze well too. You can freeze them in a plastic wrap or aluminium foil. Make sure they are sliced into 2 before freezing. Wrap them individually.
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