Crispy Prosciutto is a crunchy, savory snack that’s super simple to make in the oven! In less than 15 minutes, you can add this fried prosciutto to a charcuterie board or crumble it up to use as garnish on soups, salads, pasta, pizza, and more.
about this crispy prosciutto
If you love bacon, you are going to fall in love with crispy prosciutto. The salt-cured ham is thinly sliced with one of the best savory flavors in the world. While you’ve probably had it in its cured form, it is even better when it is baked until crisp! Those paper-thin slices are ideal for turning into something crispy, crunchy, and full of pork flavor (I dare say it is even better than bacon…).
The beauty of making crispy prosciutto is that it is super simple! All you need is thinly sliced Prosciutto di parma, a baking sheet, and your oven (or air fryer if you prefer!). In less than 15 minutes, you’ll have crispy slices of prosciutto that can be served whole on your favorite charcuterie spread.
Alternatively, you can easily crumble it up to serve as a garnish on soups, salads, pastas, pizzas, and more!
prosciutto. That’s right, there’s just one ingredient required for this recipe! Pay attention to where the prosciutto was cured if you are looking for the best quality. Prosciutto di parma is the best option, which is made in Italy. You’ll want to keep an eye out for a gold crown on the label. You can also use other type of prosciutto if you choose!
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here’s how to make crispy prosciutto
bake in the oven
Line a rimmed baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Place the slices of prosciutto on the baking sheet, spacing them apart with 1 inch of space in between. You don’t want the slices to overlap.
Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, until the slices start to shrivel and get firm.
Cool on the pan for about 5 minutes. They will continue to crisp up as they cool, so remove them to wire racks to cool all the way.
Serve as desired! Be sure to store the crispy prosciutto in an airtight container in the refrigerator (it will last for up to 4 days).
tips and tricks
keep an eye on it! Don’t get preoccupied with another project while you are baking the prosciutto. It is thin and can easily burn. Therefore, make sure you are close to the oven and ready to grab it once it turns crispy.
leave space between the slices. Be sure not to overcrowd the baking sheet! If the prosciutto slices are too close together, they won’t crisp up.
can I make crispy prosciutto in the air fryer?
Yes, you can! Preheat your air fryer to 360˚F and spray the basket with nonstick cooking spray. Add the pieces of prosciutto in a single layer to the basket (you will likely need to work in batches!). Cook for about 5 minutes until crispy and firm.
how long does crispy prosciutto last?
Crispy prosciutto will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days! You can eat it either cold or hot. I prefer it warm, so you can easily reheat it in the oven or on the stovetop in a skillet. See my section below on How to Store for more reheating details.
Need more inspiration for appetizers? Check out my appetizers recipe page!
how to use prosciutto crisps
There are so many ways that you can serve this crispy prosciutto. Here are just some of our favorites to try out:
- Charcuterie board – adding the crunchy prosciutto to your favorite charcuterie spread for texture variation! It’s the perfect crunchy snack, especially for a Christmas cheese board.
- Soups – It’s a fantastic garnish for your favorite soups from butternut squash soup to creamy pumpkin and sweet potato soup!
- Salads – Upgrade from bacon bits to crumbled crispy prosciutto! You can use it on any salad from arugula to spinach and instantly add some savory flavor to the mix. It particularly makes a lovely pairing for a caprese burrata salad.
- Pasta – Finish off your bucatini cacio e pepe or even your favorite bowl of white cheddar mac and cheese with some prosciutto crumbles.
- Use it where you use bacon! This recipe works wherever you would use bacon. Whether it’s a topping for pizza, mixed into risotto, or folded into fried rice. You could even incorporate the crunchy slices into sandwiches!
how to store
Store. Store crispy prosciutto in an airtight container or wrapped in foil in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can eat them hot or cold, but I prefer them hot.
Reheat. Reheat in the oven at 350˚F for a few minutes until the prosciutto is warmed through and crispy (about 5 minutes). You can also reheat or re-crisp the slices in a skillet over medium-high heat.
more tasty appetizer recipes
Marinated mozzarella balls are another quick Italian recipe you can whip up last minute!
If you’re craving a crispy snack, these cheese corn balls are oh-so gooey with a crispy outside.
Air fryer scallops are drizzled with chive lemon butter for a simple elegant appetizer, or serve over pasta for a main dish.
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- 12 pieces thinly-sliced prosciutto
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Add prosciutto slices to the baking sheet, making sure they do not overlap.
- Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, until the slices begin to shrivel and turn golden. Be sure to keep a close eye on it because the slices can burn quickly.
- Remove from oven and let cool on the pan for 5 to 10 minutes. The slices will continue to crisp up as they cool!
- Serve as desired!