Air Fryer Focaccia
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Air Fryer Focaccia with Tomatoes

What are the ingredients in Air Fryer Focaccia?

This easy Air Fryer Focaccia is one of my favorite to make in the air fryer.  Mostly because it is nearly fail-safe, and so easy to customize.  This particular combination is one of the most versatile I have found.  Here are the easy ingredients that you will need:

  • For the Air Fryer Focaccia dough
    • Rapid rise yeast
    • Brown sugar: either dark or light will work just fine, just use what you have on hand
    • Warm water
    • All purpose flour
    • Sun Dried tomatoes in oil: buy the pre-julienne sliced to make it simple or chop larger ones to the size of your liking.
    • Oil from the sundried tomatoes: if you don’t have enough, just round out your ¼ cup with some olive oil
    • Kosher salt
  • For the Air Fryer Focaccia topping
    • Olive oil:  if you still have remaining oil from the sun dried tomatoes, you may use that here as well
    • Roma tomatoes
    • Fresh rosemary
    • Sesame seeds
    • Kosher salt
Air Fryer Focaccia

What are the steps to making Air Fryer Focaccia?

  • Begin by proofing the yeast with the brown sugar and warm water.  Stir lightly with a large wooden spoon to combine and allow to sit until the mixture becomes foamy.  This should happen fairly quickly, especially with the rapid yeast; however, it can take up to 10 minutes.
  • Once the yeast has bloomed, add in the all purpose flour, the sun dried tomatoes, the oil and the salt.  Knead the dough until it becomes smooth.  Place in a large bowl and seal (not air tight) or wrap with plastic wrap.  Allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size.  This will take between 30 and 45 minutes.
  • After rising, split the dough into two even bars.  Roll out the dough and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Re-cover the dough and allow the dough to rest for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Finally use your fingers to make divots in the dough by poking it all over.  Drizzle with the olive oil and spread using a pastry brush.
  • Arrange the tomato slices over the dough.  Sprinkle with a generous helping of both the rosemary and the kosher salt.
  • Place in the preheated air fryer and cook until browned and cooked through.
Air Fryer Focaccia

What are some ways to serve Air Fryer Focaccia?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Slice and serve on its own as a snack or a side dish for a pasta.  Some good pairings would be:
    • Pasta Puttanesca with Green Olives is a fresh, bright take on traditional pasta puttanesca that skips the kalamata olives and anchovies in favor of green olives for a light, fast pasta dish the whole family will enjoy.
    • Instant Pot Garlic Noodles-this pasta is the epitome of the drop and go dishes that make pressure cookers so popular. Drop in your ingredients, set it and wait a few minutes, stir through the cheese and dinner is a go. Kids LOVE this pasta dish.
  • Serve it with a soup and use for dipping.  Here are a few soups that would go very well with the Air Fryer Focaccia:
    • Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana– Our version is Vegetarian for a lighter take on the classic soup that still packs all the flavor of the beloved soup made in minimal time because, who isn’t in a hurry for great soup!?
    • Instant Pot Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Basil Soup-Another restaurant-at-home favorite. This copycat soup tastes so much like the restaurant original; however, you can make a pot for the entire family for the cost of a single bowl at the cafe.
  • Make it into a sandwich.  Anything from a simple grilled cheese panini or a turkey swiss melt would be great with this bread.
Air Fryer Focaccia
Air Fryer Focaccia

Air Fryer Focaccia

5 from 1 vote
Servings 2 flatbreads


For the dough:

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons rapid rise yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup warm water
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • cup sliced sun dried tomatoes packed in oil drained
  • ¼ cup of oil from the sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the topping:

  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 roma tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig rosemary stemmed
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • Kosher salt


  • Add the yeast, brown sugar and water to a large bowl. Lightly mix to dissolve and set aside until the yeast becomes foamy. 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the remaining dough ingredients and knead until a smooth dough forms. Place in a large bowl and seal with a lid or plastic wrap. Allow to rise until doubled in size. 30-45 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half and spread each ball out on a sheet of parchment paper in a large oval, approximately ¼” thick. Cover lightly and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes before cooking.
  • Use your fingers to make divots in the dough. Drizzle with the olive oil. Arrange the slices of tomato over the dough and sprinkle with the rosemary, sesame seeds and salt.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360. Cook for approximately 8 minutes until browned and cooked through.


  1. […] Air Fryer Focaccia is a lovely homemade bread, also perfected in the air fryer, that makes a delightful addition to any warm weather Brunch, Lunch or light Dinner. The fresh tomato topping of the original recipe would pair perfectly with this air fryer asparagus parmesan; however, there are so many other options depending on how you wish to serve the bread: olives, sundried tomatoes, caramelized onions, really the choice is yours! […]

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