Fluffy Air Fryer Crescent Rolls are warm, flaky, and smothered with homemade herb butter so that they practically melt in your mouth. Making perfect crescent rolls in your air fryer takes just 15 minutes!
Easy Air Fryer Crescent Rolls
It’s hard to resist snapping up a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls every time we visit the supermarket. Soft, flaky, and full of buttery flavor, now you can turn a can of refrigerated dinner rolls into something truly next-level. Air fryer crescent rolls are one of the most delicious ways to use homemade herb butter. Baking these in the air fryer is quick, easy and, dare we say, even better than the oven! These rolls are so incredibly soft, loaded with the flavors of fresh herbs, and pair perfectly with just about anything. They always vanish from the plate, whether it’s a weeknight dinner or holiday feast.
Why Make Crescent Rolls in the Air Fryer
Once you’ve made buttery crescent rolls in the air fryer, you’ll want to skip the oven from now on! Here are a few reasons why you’ll love this recipe:
- The rolls cook evenly. The entire purpose of the air fryer is to blow hot air around the food so that it cooks on all sides. It’s basically a countertop convection oven, and it’s perfect when it comes to baking. These rolls never have burnt bottoms!
- You can use your oven for something else. Cooking the rolls in the air fryer frees up oven space. This is especially handy during the holidays.
- Less chance of burning. The air fryer turns off automatically after the cooking time is up. If you happen to get distracted while these are baking, you don’t have to worry about the rolls overcooking!
You only need two ingredients for this easy air fryer recipe. You really can’t beat it! Below are some notes on what you’ll need. Be sure to refer to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.
- Canned Crescent Rolls: We like to use the Pillsbury brand of refrigerated crescent rolls. You can use whatever brand that you’d like.
- Herb Butter: This is a great way to use our favorite homemade herb butter (linked above and in the recipe card). You can also find pre-made herb or garlic butter in the bakery section of your local supermarket.
Can I Substitute the Herb Butter?
Absolutely! If you don’t feel like making herb butter, or if you don’t have any on hand, you can simply use regular butter instead.
If you’d still like the extra flavor, add a few pinches of your favorite dried herbs when you’re folding up the dough. After baking, brush the rolls with regular butter and then sprinkle a bit more dried herbs on top.
How to Make Air Fryer Crescent Rolls
We all love the convenience of refrigerated crescent rolls. This recipe just makes them that much BETTER! Here’s how to make fluffy air fryer crescent rolls bursting with melted butter and savory herbs.
- Assemble the crescent rolls. Begin by laying the dough triangles flat. Place about a teaspoon of butter at the widest part of each triangle, and roll them up.
- Arrange the rolls in the air fryer. Place the rolls into your air fryer basket, leaving enough space between the rolls for the hot air to circulate.
- Cook. Air fry the crescents at 300ºF for 5 minutes, flip, and bake for another 4 minutes or so until they’re puffed up and golden.
- Brush on more butter and serve. Once the rolls are out of the air fryer, brush the tops of the crescents with additional herb butter for added flavor. Serve and enjoy!
Can I Cook Frozen Crescent Rolls in the Air Fryer?
Yes, you can make this recipe using frozen crescent rolls, too! Since frozen rolls come already rolled up, you won’t be able to fill them with herb butter, but you can still brush it on after they’re baked. Frozen crescent rolls may take a minute or two longer to cook. Start at 9 minutes as directed and go from there, checking them each minute afterward.
Tips for Success
Here are a few things we learned along the way while making this recipe. These tips will help your rolls turn out perfectly:
- Use regular sized rolls. This recipe is written for the standard size crescent rolls. If you buy larger ones you may need additional cooking time. You’ll also likely need to bake them in batches as they won’t be able to fit in the air fryer all at once.
- Cook in batches if you need to. On that note, you may need to bake this recipe in smaller batches if you’re using a smaller air fryer. You don’t want to overcrowd the rolls.
- Remember, all air fryers are a bit different. Check the rolls when you flip them at the 5-minute mark. If the rolls are really cooking fast, cook for another 3 minutes and check them again.
- Add cheese. Try our cheesy herb crescent rolls for an easy variation filled with parmesan and melty mozzarella.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Crescent Rolls
Wondering what goes with crescent rolls? The good news is, pretty much everything! Below are a few of our favorite serving suggestions for flaky, buttery dinner rolls.
- Soups and stews. These rolls are perfect for dunking in cozy soups like our homemade minestrone soup or zesty tomato basil soup, or a hearty beef stew.
- Casseroles. Warm crescent rolls make casserole dinners even more comforting! Try them with our classic tuna noodle casserole, this easy crockpot chicken pot pie, or a satisfying sheperd’s pie.
- Pasta. These herbed dinner rolls are the perfect addition to Italian-inspired pasta dinners. We always serve a basket of rolls when we make our spaghetti and meatballs or baked ravioli.
- Meaty mains. Soft dinner rolls are perfect for sopping up the extra sauce in French onion chicken and savory beef tips and gravy.
- Holidays. Making crescent rolls in the air fryer is a great way to save valuable oven space during the holidays. These rolls are great with a Thanksgiving turkey and gravy made from drippings. Don’t forget a side of fluffy garlic mashed potatoes and roasted green beans.
How to Store
- To store. Air fryer crescent rolls are best served fresh, but if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Freeze. Unfortunately, the baked rolls aren’t the best for freezing. Instead, keep leftover herb butter in the freezer. All you need is a package of refrigerated rolls to get the recipe started!
More Air Fryer Side Dishes
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Zucchini
- Air Fryer Fried Pickles
- Air Fryer Baked Potato
Herb Air Fryer Crescent Rolls
- 1 can Crescent Rolls, (8 rolls)
- ½ cup herb butter, plus extra for topping, if desired
- Unroll the dough and separate it into 8 triangles along the perforated lines.
- At the widest part of the triangle, add 1 teaspoon of herb butter. Roll each triangle up and place them in the air fryer, leaving room between each crescent roll. Repeat until all crescent rolls are used.
- Do not preheat the oven! Cook at 300°F for 5 minutes, then flip the crescent rolls and cook for 4 minutes more.
- Remove from the air fryer and cover with herb butter, if desired. Serve immediately!
- These crescent rolls are really best served fresh. However, you can store leftovers for up to 3 days, at room temperature, in an air tight contianer.