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Air-Fried Apple Rings Are Incredibly Quick

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Air-Fried Apple Rings

Air-fried apple rings are a nearly effortless way to transform a plain apple into an elegant side that pairs beautifully with pork or ham. These yummy rings would also be awesome on a breakfast menu and would be a perfect accompaniment to bacon, waffles, or French toast!

Truth be told, I was originally intrigued and inspired by a post I saw about air-fried pineapple slices, and I was dying to try them! Alas, I had no sliced pineapple on the shelf, but we ALWAYS have apples in the crisper!

Do you remember what they say about an apple a day? Well, that day, I wanted more than to keep the doctor away, so I gave it a whirl! We’ve been eating them often ever since that first try!!

Peel and core an apple, then slice it crosswise into thick rings. An average apple will yield about five slices.

I tried Fuji apples, Envy apples, and Autumn Glory apples, and every variety worked beautifully! Would you like a little spice? Sprinkle on a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger to kick them up a notch. I love adding a small amount of flaky sea salt or even flakey smoked sea salt when they come out of the fryer. Either one is delicious!

For one apple, melt about a tablespoon of butter with a tablespoon of syrup and brush a little on each apple slice, then put them into the air fryer. I used a temperature of 395 degrees and set the timer for 15 minutes.

About halfway through, I flipped the slices over, brushed some of the butter and syrup mixture on the newly exposed side, and baked them until the timer rang. That is it, and they turned out beautifully! How easy is that?

Here’s how they looked, untouched, right in the fryer! The white specks are the few grains of flaky sea salt I added for my favorite sweet/salty taste sensation! I am hooked!

apple rings in air fryer
Yield: 1 serving

Air-fried Apple Rings

air-fried apple rings

Air-fried apple rings are an easy way to make an ordinary apple into an extraordinary treat!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • One apple, peeled, cored, and sliced into thick rings.
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or pancake syrup
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger, optional.
  • Flakey sea salt for sprinking if desired.


  1. Wash, peel, core, and thickly slice one apple into about five rings.
  2. Melt butter and syrup together.
  3. Brush butter mixture on one side of apple slices and add a sprinkle of spice as desired.
  4. Set the air fryer to 395 degrees.
  5. Place apple slices in the air fryer directly on the grate.
  6. Set timer for 15 minutes.
  7. Halfway through the cooking time, open the air fryer, flip the slices, and butter the other side.
  8. Resume cooking until the timer sounds.
  9. Keep warm until serving.

What do you eat with these sweet golden rings? It was all I could do to restrain myself from eating them right out of the fryer, but I served them alongside our yummy dinner of pork chops, and they were spot on as a side!!

I can’t wait to try air-fried apple rings with bacon and waffles for Sunday breakfast or ham for Sunday dinner! My mouth is already watering!

served apple rings

I didn’t know I wanted an air fryer, so I was late for the party. I find myself using my top-rated Phillips air fryer several times a week now that I’m discovering more and more ways to utilize it. Do you have an air fryer yet? What is your favorite thing to make in yours? We’d be giddy to hear from you!

Here are some air fryer recipes for you to try! Air Fried Pickles, Air fryer Donuts, Air Fried Hot Dogs, Air Fryer Desserts. Do you have an air fryer, or are you considering purchasing one? If you’re like me, I think you’ll find yourself using it a lot!

Air fryers are like small countertop convection ovens with a heating element near the top of the fryer. Heat goes into the cooking drawer, and a fan forces the heated air around the food so it cooks much faster. The result is heat being transferred more intensely. The process is more like frying than baking, but no oil is used, making it healthier.

Air-Fried Apple Rings


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