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Baked Bagel Crisps (or Air Fried)

Baked bagel crisps are a great way to use leftover bagels.  These crunchy bagel chips, seasoned with herbs and garlic powder, are perfect for a snack or served on an appetizer platter with your favorite dip.  They can also be done in the air fryer!

Bagel chips in a small dish.

These delicious garlic bagel chips are the perfect way to repurpose stale bagels.  The crispy bagel rounds are ideal for serving with your favorite dip.

We love them with sour cream and chive dip, mango habanero salsa, or a warm bowl of gooey homemade Queso Blanco.

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If you are anything like me, you often buy a package of bagels only to have them go a bit stale before you can eat them all.  I love it when I can use leftovers or things a bit past their prime, and these bagel chips are a favorite.

I love making bagel chips because I can control the flavor and the salt.  You can make them with any kind of bagel, making them savory for dips such as salsa, spinach dip, chive cream cheese dip, or hot cheese dip, or you can make them sweet to serve with fluffs or lemon curd.

They are much tastier and more economical than store-bought bagel chips, and you don’t have to worry about buying a bag containing mostly crumbs.

If you don’t have any old bagels, you can make them with fresh bagels, they will take an extra few minutes to fully crisp up. 

​Homemade bagel chips are also a great substitute for croutons in salads or soups, and a batch will stay well in an airtight container for about two weeks.  

Ingredients & Substitutions

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Bagels – You can use any type of bagel you like.  Plain bagels work fine, but you can use anything; poppy seed, sesame, and everything bagels are great for savory chips.  You could try blueberry bagels or cinnamon sugar bagels for sweet bagel chips.

Olive oil – Olive oil helps the seasonings stick to the bagel slices and makes them crispy.  You can substitute this with other oils such as canola oil or avocado oil if you prefer.

Seasonings – There is no end to the combination of seasonings you can use for your crispy bagel chips.  This recipe combines onion, garlic powder, dried parsley, and kosher salt.  

However, you can add chili powder, Italian seasoning, all-purpose seasoning, or ranch seasoning powder.  They would also be delicious with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.  You can use sea salt or garlic salt if you don’t have kosher salt.

Step by Step Instructions

Begin by slicing the bagel into small rounds.  Place the bagel on a cutting board, and with a serrated knife, cut the bagel in half across the hole, then cut it into thin slices.  You are aiming for slices ¼ to ½ inch thick.

You can do thick slices if you prefer, but they will take longer to back and may not fully crisp. 

Place the bagel slices into a large bowl, add olive oil, and toss to coat.

Add the seasonings and toss again to ensure all the bagel chip pieces are well seasoned.  

Small bagel slices in a mixing bowl with seasonings and a wooden spoon beside it.

How to Bake Bagel Crisps

Spread the seasoned sliced bagels in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet.  For easy cleanup, you can line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bake the bagel chips for approximately 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the bagel pieces are crispy and golden brown.  

Baked bagel crisps on a small baking sheet.

Remove them from the oven and turn them onto a wire cooling rack.  You can move them to an airtight container or ziplock bag for storage when they have cooled completely.

Air Fryer Bagel Chips

Place the bagel chips in a single layer in the air fryer basket or tray.

Set the air fryer to 350°F for five minutes.  Shake the basket halfway through.

After 5 minutes, check on the chips, they should be golden and crispy.  If they still feel soft, add a minute to the cooking time until they are crisp.

Turn the crisps onto a wire cooling rack. Once they are cool, transfer them to an airtight container or ziplock bag for storage. 

Top Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure the bagel chips have fully cooled before storing, or the heat will cause moisture to form, softening the chips and causing them to spoil faster.
  • Keep an eye on them while baking or air frying; depending on how fresh the bagels are, the seasoning you use, and how thick you slice them, they may brown more quickly than expected.

Food Safety and Storage

Homemade bagel chips can be stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for about two weeks.

Bagel crisps on a platter with a dish of salsa.

Dips for Bagel Chips

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Bagel chips in a small dish.

Garlic Herb Bagel Crisps (Baked or Air Fried)

Bagel crisps are a great way to use leftover bagels.  These crunchy bagel chips, seasoned with herbs and garlic powder, are perfect for a snack or served on an appetizer platter with your favorite dip.  
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Course: Appetizers, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Deanna

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 bagels
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Begin by slicing the bagel into small rounds. Place the bagel on a cutting board, and with a serrated knife, cut the bagel in half across the hole, then cut it into thin slices. You are aiming for slices ¼ to ½ inch thick.
    You can do thick slices if you prefer, but they will take longer to back and they may not fully crisp.
  • Place the bagel slices into a large bowl, then add the olive oil and toss to coat.
  • Add the seasonings and toss again to ensure all the bagel chip pieces are well seasoned.

Baking Bagel Chips

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Spread the seasoned sliced bagels in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. For easy cleanup, you can line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Bake the bagel chips for approximately 20 minutes, or until the bagel pieces are crispy and golden brown, flipping them about 10 minutes into the cooking time.
  • Remove them from the oven and turn them onto a wire cooling rack. You can move them to an airtight container or ziplock bag for storage when they have cooled completely.

Air Frying Bagel Chips

  • Place the bagel chips in a single layer in the air fryer basket or tray.
  • Set the air fryer to 350°F for five minutes. Shake the basket halfway through.
  • After 5 minutes, check on the chips, they should be golden and crispy. If they still feel soft, add a minute to the cooking time until they are crisp.
  • Turn the crisps onto a wire cooling rack. Once they are cool, transfer them to an airtight container or ziplock bag for storage.

Notes

These bagel chips work best with bagels that have not been precut.

Nutrition

Estimated Nutrition Facts
Garlic Herb Bagel Crisps (Baked or Air Fried)
Amount per Serving
Calories
241
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Sodium
 
572
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
0.1
g
0
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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