Air Fryer Apple fries are a delicious dessert that can be served a few different ways. You can eat them plain (which is totally healthy!), or you can coat them in sweetener or even graham cracker crumbs for breading.
Apple Fries In An Air Fryer
Air fryers were made to make apple fries. There’s no way around it, they just go together. We particularly love making them in our Instant Vortext Pro because it has the roasting basket that rotates everything for me.
But if you don’t have an air fryer with this type of function, don’t worry! These are still super simple to make! The important thing to remember is to shake your basket at regular intervals so that these fries get cooked on all sides.
Baked Apple Fries
While this entire site is dedicated to air fryers and air frying, it’s worth mentioning that these can also be made in an oven. To do so, heat your oven to 375 F. and cook these on a cookie sheet in a single layer for about 15-25 minutes, turning as needed to roast on all sides.
Apple Pie Fries
It is absolutely possible to make these apple fries taste like apple pie instead with a simple switch of the spices used. Instead of sprinkling your apple fries with cinnamon, use apple pie spice! It’s super easy to make at home. It’s just an easy blend of different spices. Here’s a great recipe I use all the time for Apple Pie Spice from The Gracious Pantry.
How To Cut French Fries From Apples
You will cut these just like you would normally cut french fries from potatoes. Some people prefer to do it by hand, while others (like us!), enjoy using a quick and easy french fry cutter like this one.
If you’d like to read more on french fry cutters that work well for air fried foods, check out our review of the best french fry cutters, here.
What Kind Of Apples Make The Best Apple Fries?
Generally speaking, the more tart they are, the better they will be. Any apple will taste good as apple fries, but the tart apples really give them that “something extra” in the flavor department. So while we will use just about any kind of apple to make these, the best seem to be:
- Granny Smith apples
- Pink Lady Apple
- Braeburn Apples
What You’ll Need
2 large apples – Simply wash and cut them as you wish. Note that thicker cuts or wedge fries will take longer to cook. Cooking times below are based on a traditional french fry cut. You can peel them if you wish, but it’s not necessary.
2 to 3 tbsp. cornstarch – the amount will depend on how much you have in the way of fries. Use a little caution here. You want to “dust” the apples with starch, not bread them with it. And if you prefer not to use cornstarch, you can sub with equal amounts of arrowroot powder.
1 tsp. oil – This is best dispensed from an oil sprayer (Get more info on the best oil sprayers here). An oil sprayer will give you more even coverage over your apples. If you don’t have one, then it’s best to really toss the fries well in a mixing bowl before putting them into the air fryer.
1 tsp. cinnamon – You can also use apple pie spice for apple pie fries, or you can leave off any spices at all. They are not necessary, but give you some delicious flavor options.
1 tbsp. granular sweetener – This is optional, and the amount can be adjusted to taste. It’s best to sprinkle this on after you cook the fries so it doesn’t fall off when you flip or shake your fries. So add as much as you like to make it taste good.
How To Make Apple Fries In An Air Fryer
Preheat air fryer to 400F. if it has a preheat function.
If you prefer to peel your apples, do so first, and then cut them into fries.
Dust them with cornstarch, being careful to “dust” them. You aren’t trying to bread them, so make sure the starch is a light coating instead of being layered on thick, then spray them with an oil sprayer. Again, this is a light coat of oil. Don’t drench them.
If you are using spices, sprinkle them over the oiled fries.
Place your apple fries in a single layer on your air fryer tray or in your air fryer basket.
Cook to desired doneness (about 10-15 minutes).
Place in a bowl and sprinkle with your favorite sweetener to taste.
Note that in an air fryer, you can easily make these as apple chips instead of as fries. But we have a delicious recipe coming for apple chips. So stay tuned.
Air Fryer Apple Fries Recipe
Air Fryer Apple Fries
- Air Fryer
- 2 large apples (cut into fries)
- 3 tbsp. cornstarch (it's okay if you don't use it all.)
- 1 tsp. oil
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. granular sweetener
- Preheat air fryer to 400F. if it has a preheat function.
- If you prefer to peel your apples, do so first, and then cut them into fries.
- Dust them with cornstarch, being careful to "dust" them. You aren't trying to bread them, so make sure the starch is a light coating instead of being layered on thick, then spray them with an oil sprayer. Again, this is a light coat of oil. Don't drench them.
- If you are using spices, sprinkle them over the oiled fries.
- Place your apple fries in a single layer on your air fryer tray or in your air fryer basket.
- Cook to desired doneness (about 10-15 minutes).
- Place in a bowl and sprinkle with your favorite sweetener to taste.
- Note that in an air fryer, you can easily make these as apple chips instead of as fries. But we have a delicious recipe coming for apple chips. So stay tuned.