These sliced apples are tossed in butter and cinnamon and air fried until irresistibly tender. They’re perfect as a healthy snack, breakfast topping, or paired with ice cream!

Air Fryer Apples on a plate with ice cream.

How To Make Air Fryer Apples

Set aside 10 minutes and pull out your air fryer — this recipe is a breeze! Slice up your apples, toss them with butter and cinnamon, and get to frying.

  • Prep the apples: Peel, core, and cut the apples into thin slices.
  • Season the apples: Toss the sliced apples with the cinnamon and melted butter.
  • Air fry the apples: In a preheated air fryer, lay the apple slices in a single layer. Cook for 7-10 minutes, or until tender.

Hot tip: Leave the apple peels on for a boost of fiber!

Best Varieties of Air Fryer Apples

This recipe doesn’t include additional sugar, so opt for naturally sweet apples to satisfy your sweet tooth. Pick two or three types to make a tasty mix!

  • Gala: Gala apples have a mildly sweet flavor. They’re known as one of the best snacking apples.
  • Fuji: These crisp and juicy apples are commonly used to make apple juice because of their sugary-sweet flavor.
  • Pink Lady: Pink Lady apples are not only appealing to the eye, but they also have an addicting sweet-tart taste and are incredibly versatile.
  • Honeycrisp: Honeycrisps are explosively juicy, balanced in flavor, and vividly red in color.
  • Golden Delicious: These sweet yellow apples have a hint of cinnamon and pear flavor.

Ingredient Variations

You only need three ingredients to make these air fryer apples, so prioritize quality to achieve the best flavor. If you like experimenting, tweak the recipe with any of these ingredient and flavor additions.

  • Butter: We love the apple pie-like flavor that butter produces, but feel free to use coconut oil instead for a slightly sweeter flavor.
  • Sugar: Add a drizzle of maple syrup, coconut sugar, or brown sugar for caramel-y notes.
  • Spices: Elevate the flavor with a pinch of nutmeg or apple pie spice.

Tips For Perfectly Tender Apples

Do you want to know the secret to tender (but not mushy) apples? Listen up to these tips to create magic in the air fryer.

  • Cut the apples evenly. The more consistent the slices are, the more evenly they’ll cook through. We like to aim for 1/4 inch thickness. A mandoline slicer like this one is a great way to ensure consistent results.
  • Avoid overcrowding. Leave space between each apple slice in the air fryer basket — this allows the hot air to circulate properly and cook the apples evenly. If needed, air fry the apples in multiple batches.
  • Take a sample. After about five minutes, pop the air fryer open and test an apple slice for doneness. If a fork easily pierces through, they’re done. If not, continue cooking for another few minutes.

Ways To Serve

Air fryer apples are absolutely delicious as a snack on their own, a healthy breakfast topping, or a dessert indulgence. Rise and shine with a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal, and add a mouthwatering scoop of apples and granola. Are you a pancake person? These apples taste divine with apple pancakes or oladi. If none of these ideas quite tickle your fancy, load up the apples with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, sit back, and close your eyes in sweet bliss.

Storage & Reheating

These air fryer apples are so tasty, you’re sure to polish off every slice. If you make a large batch to enjoy later as well, follow these steps to store and reheat them properly.

  • Storage: Store leftover air fried apples for up to four days in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Reheating: Reheat leftover apples in the air fryer at 350°F to restore crispness, or pop them in the microwave if you’re short on time.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.