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Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream

Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream—wut? Yes, and it is so good. You have to try it!

low angle shot of air fryer fried ice cream with the air fryer in the background.

It has the same delectable crunchy-creamy, over-the-top deliciousness of your favorite deep fried ice cream, but it’s made in the air fryer so it’s easier and healthier (well, okay, it’s still ice cream, but…)

Air Fryer Ice Cream is a fun dessert to make for and with kids, but let me tell you, even adults will get excited about this dessert. Try mentioning deep fried ice cream to just about anyone and I promise you will get a great response.

What is fried ice cream?

If you’ve never had it, it sounds impossible, right? But fried ice cream is A Thing, and it is delicious. 

Low angle shot of air fryer fried ice cream with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.

To make the classic version, scoops of ice cream are coated with egg white, rolled in crunchy cereal, and then dropped into hot oil, which fries up the cereal coating into a crispy crunchy shell.

You’d think the ice cream would melt into a soft, runny mess, right? But it doesn’t. Because the high heat of the oil cooks the coating quickly, the ice cream inside stays frozen. It’s like some kind of dessert miracle!

Overhead shot of ingredients needed to make air fryer ice cream.

Ingredients you’ll need

You only need 4 ingredients to make this delicious air fryer ice cream dessert! Here’s what you need:

  • Vanilla ice cream (or you can use coffee ice cream, chocolate ice cream, or really any flavor you like!)
  • Flour
  • Egg whites
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (or use corn flakes, frosted flakes, crushed biscuits, or crushed cookies)

How do you make fried ice cream in an air fryer?

Want to know how to make fried ice cream in an air fryer? You’re going to be pleasantly surprised because it is so easy. Here’s how:

  1. Scoop balls of ice cream and arrange them on a baking sheet.
  2. Stick the baking sheet in the freezer and let the ice cream re-freeze for about an hour.
  3. Coat each ice cream scoop in flour and then freeze for another hour.
  4. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until they’re foamy, then dip or roll ice cream balls in the mixture to coat.
  5. Put the crushed cereal in a bowl and roll the ice cream balls in the crushed cereal. The egg whites will help the cereal stick.
  6. Return the coated ice cream balls to the freezer and freeze for 4 hours or overnight. You want them to really freeze hard.
  7. To cook, set the balls in an aluminum foil tray in the air fryer basket and air fry for just a couple of minutes. You’ll probably want to cook them in 2 batches.
  8. Dollop and drizzle with your desired toppings and serve immediately.

Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream recipe frequently asked questions

HOW DO YOU SERVE AIR FRYER ICE CREAM?

This air fryer fried ice cream recipe is delicious as is, but it does kind of beg for fun toppings like whipped cream, chocolate sauce, hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce, maraschino cherries, or any other favorite ice cream toppings.

What is the best ice cream flavor for this fried ice cream recipe?

You can’t go wrong with a classic like vanilla ice cream, but you can also get as creative as you like. Coffee ice cream or chocolate ice cream would be great. Or try more adventurous flavors like Pumpkin Ice Cream, chocolate peanut butter cup, chocolate chip, mocha fudge, strawberry, or butter brickle.

What can you use to coat the ice cream balls besides cinnamon toast crunch cereal?

There are so many options for coating the ice cream balls! I have used Corn Flakes cereal, Rice Krispies or other puffed rice cereals, or Frosted Flakes. You can also use crushed cookies like chocolate wafers, vanilla wafer cookies, gingersnaps, graham crackers, or Biscoff biscuits.

Low angle shot of fried ice cream with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
Yield: Serves 6

Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream

Close up, straight on shot of air fried ice cream with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

Air Fryer Fried Ice Cream is a dessert miracle. Creamy ice cream is coated in crunchy cereal and air fried to crispy, crunchy perfection while the ice cream inside stays frozen.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 48 ounce tub of vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, crushed

Instructions

  1. Scoop out about 1 cup of ice cream per ball. Mold into a ball and place in a muffin tin. Place in freezer for 1 hour.
  2. Remove the ice cream balls from the freezer and coat each in the flour. Return to the freezer for 1 hour.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until they’re foamy.
  4. Roll each ball in the egg whites, then coat with the cereal. Place back into the freezer for 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove and set ball on an aluminum foil tray in the air fryer basket.
  6. Cook at 350°F for 2 minutes
  7. Serve immediately with desired toppings.

Notes

1. You can use any ice cream flavor you like: chocolate, coffee, chocolate chip, strawberry, chocolate peanut butter cup, mocha fudge, or whatever you love!

2. You can top the air fried ice cream with whatever ice cream toppings you like: chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, whipped cream, etc.

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By on February 22nd, 2022

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