Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Ice Cream

Fried ice cream has been a popular dessert in the United States since the 1960s. It is believed to have originated in Mexico, where it is known as ‘helado frito’. Traditionally, the ice cream is coated in cornflakes or breadcrumbs and then deep fried. However, with the rise of air fryers, people have begun experimenting with air frying ice cream as a healthier alternative to deep frying.

Air Fried Ice Cream

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: DessertCuisine: American
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A unique twist on a classic dessert, this air fried ice cream is crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Perfect for a hot summer day or a fun dinner party dessert.


  • 1 pint of ice cream

  • 1 cup of crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon of water

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • Powdered sugar for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place scoops of ice cream on it. Freeze for 2 hours.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water.
  • In another bowl, mix together the crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs and cinnamon.
  • Dip the frozen scoops of ice cream in the egg mixture, then roll them in the cornflake or breadcrumb mixture. Make sure the ice cream is fully coated.
  • Place the coated ice cream balls in the air fryer basket, leaving space between them.
  • Air fry for 2 minutes, or until the coating is golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with powdered sugar if desired.


  • Make sure to freeze the ice cream for at least 2 hours before air frying.
  • You can use any flavor of ice cream for this recipe.
  • Serve immediately after air frying for best results.

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