Air-Fried Apple Fritters with Salted Caramel Sauce

Normally fried, these makeover apple fritters are cooked in an air fryer and served with a sweet and savory sea salt and caramel sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
8 fritters


  • ¼ cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees F/40 to 45 degrees C)

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup milk, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup chopped apple

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ cup purchased or prepared caramel sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot water, or more as needed

  • coarse sea salt, as needed


  1. Stir together warm water, yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add yeast mixture, milk, oil, and egg; stir until a soft dough comes together. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes (dough will be sticky). Pat dough into an 8-inch square.

  3. Toss together apple and cinnamon in a small bowl, and sprinkle over 1/2 of the dough. Fold the side with no apples over the apples and knead until apples are dispersed, about 30 seconds. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  4. Lightly flour a piece of parchment paper; set aside. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into 8 pieces. Pat each portion of dough with floured hands into a 3- to 4-inch oval; fritters do not have to be uniformly shaped. Transfer fritters to the prepared parchment paper, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let stand until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet.

  6. Place 2 to 3 fritters in a single layer in the preheated air fryer basket and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove cooked fritters to the prepared baking sheet and keep warm in the preheated oven. Repeat with remaining fritters.

  7. Whisk together caramel sauce and 1 tablespoon hot water, adding more water if necessary, to make a smooth drizzling consistency. Drizzle hot fritters with caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt, allowing baking sheet to catch caramel drips and excess salt.

Cook's Note:

After the fritters have risen, use the parchment paper to help gently transfer them into the air fryer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
5g Fat
39g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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