Air Frying Fruit Is the 5-Minute Trick to the Easiest Dessert

updated Feb 24, 2021
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It’s the height of summer, the best fruit is flowing from bushes and trees around the country, and TikTok-ers everywhere have asked themselves the quintessential question for making a new food hack: how can I make this even better? The answer it seems, is the air fryer.

An air fryer applies convection heat, so the result isn’t so different from many other types of high-heat fruit cooking — the apples found in apple pie, peaches thrown on the grill, etc. All of which, of course, are delicious, so it makes sense that they’ve found out how much better getting all of that flavor without the hassle of actually making the pie or lighting the grill can be.

The “recipes” if you can even call them that run the gamut in complexity. Many, like those from the prolific @KourtneyandKarlee, are just tossing the fruit — blueberries, oranges, apples — maybe with a little cinnamon and/or sugar, depending on what it is — and seeing how it tastes (mostly the answer is great, of a dozen or so, pomegranate and kiwi seem to be her only real failures). She rarely deviates from this basic formula, but in one of the rare times she does, she offers cantaloupe with honey and cayenne, which sounds amazing.

Other folks have gone a little further in creating an actual recipe, like this “grilled peaches” version that is almost a full-on peach crumble made in the air fryer, or showing how you can use the air-fried fruit, like this one where strawberries with Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice go on vanilla overnight oats. But even the most basic air-fried fruits, like apples with cinnamon and sugar, apparently taste like pie.

Were you looking for an excuse to buy an air fryer? Because here it is.