All you need are a few ingredients to make fried apples in an air fryer! Simple, delicious, and perfect for any meal, this Air Fryer Apples recipe is a household favorite! Enjoy these fried apples at home in a few quick steps!
I love fried apples, but I can be a little lazy sometimes. Instead of making fried apples in the skillet, I decided to try making it in the air fryer and they came out perfectly! They're so tender, cozy, and flavorful. Coated in cinnamon and maple syrup, these fried apples are such a delight.
Why You'll Love This Fried Apples Recipe
- It's so flavorful! The air-fried apples are so sweet and delicious, I could eat them all day.
- You only need basic kitchen staples to make these air fryer fried apples, so you can whip these up anytime you're craving them!
- They're so quick! You don't even have to peel the apples. Just chop them, toss them, air fry them, and toss them again.
Ingredients You'll Need
- apples — I use baking apples, so the apples hold up in the air fryer. Some apples, such as Red Delicious, can end up becoming mealy and mushy when air fried. I use a combination of Gala and Granny Smith apples, so there’s a delicious combination of flavors, but you can use all of one type of apples.
- vanilla extract — I recommend real vanilla extract over artificial extract.
- cinnamon — make sure your cinnamon is fresh for the best flavor.
- oil — use a splash of oil to coat the apples before air frying them. I used vegetable oil.
- maple syrup — for added sweetness and to help make the apples a little saucy. Make sure to use real maple syrup and not pancake syrup, as they're not the same!
- brown sugar — I love the deep caramel notes dark brown sugar gives the fried apples. You can also use white granulated sugar if you prefer.
How To Make This Air Fryer Apples Recipe
- Cut the apples into 8 wedges and remove the core. Transfer them to a large bowl.
- Toss the cut apples with oil, ½ tsp of cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
- Transfer the apples to the air fryer basket.
- Air fry for 11 minutes at 375F. Shake the basket 2 to 3 times throughout the air frying cycle.
- Once done air frying, immediately add the air-fried apples to a large mixing bowl and add the maple syrup, brown sugar, and the remaining cinnamon.
- Toss until well combined. Serve while still warm.
Tips and Notes
- Instead of coating the apples in maple syrup, you can use melted unsalted butter.
- Try to cut the apples as uniformly as possible to ensure they cook evenly in the air fryer basket.
- Make sure the apple seeds are fully removed before air frying.
- The apples will start browning from oxidation after they've been cut, so don't wait long to air fry them.
- You can peel or not peel the apples. It's up to you. I don't mind the texture.
Air Fryer Apples
- 4-5 small apples cut into 8
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ tsp cinnamon split into 1 tsp and ½ tsp
- ½ tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or more
- 1-2 tbsp brown sugar
- Place the cut apples into a large mixing bowl and combine the oil, ½ tsp of cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Toss until fully combined.
- Transfer the seasoned apple slices to the air fryer. Air fry for 11 minutes at 375F. Shake the basket 2 to 3 times throughout the air frying cycle.
- Add the air fried apples to a large mixing bowl and add the maple syrup, brown sugar, and the remaining cinnamon. Toss until well combined. Serve while still warm.
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