Air Fryer Nectarines are an easy and delicious air fryer dessert! Ready in just over 10 minutes and perfect for adding a little pizazz to your favorite stone fruits. Top with vegan ice cream for a yummy treat or yogurt and granola for a healthy breakfast!
If you've never tried cooking fruit in the air fryer, then these air fryer nectarines are your cue to give it a try! This recipe is such an easy and delicious way to enhance the naturally delicious flavors of nectarines (or any stone fruit), you'll wonder why you didn't start air frying fruit sooner!
You only need a handful of ingredients and in just over 10 minutes this healthy nectarine recipe is ready.
Serve on their own, top with ice cream for a yummy dessert, or add to a bowl of vegan yogurt and granola for an exceptional breakfast.
Here's what you need to make this recipe.
- nectarines -- For best results, choose ripe but firm nectarines. Peaches or other stone fruit can be substituted.
- vegan butter --This just adds a little richness and flavor.
- maple syrup -- For both sweetness and flavor.
- cinnamon --Because cinnamon makes any dessert a little better!
- nutmeg -- This helps add depth and balance the sweetness.
- salt - Just a pinch to help enhance the flavors!
- sugar (optional) -- Sprinkling a little sugar over the top can help with caramelization but this is optional.
See recipe card for quantities.
Here are step-by-step instructions with photos.
Preheat the air fryer to 350F or 180C.
Cut the nectarines in half and remove the pits. If the pits don't pop out easily, you can use a small spoon to dig them out.
Add the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt to a small pot. Cook over medium heat, whisking to combine, until the butter melts. Remove the glaze from the heat.
Place the nectarines in a lined air fryer, cut-side down. Brush with the glaze.
Cook for 3 minutes.
Open the air fryer and turn the nectarines over. Brush with the rest of the glaze. Sprinkle sugar over the top for extra caramelization (optional). Cook for another 5 minutes.
Remove from the air fryer and let cool for about 5 minutes, then serve right away!
Hint: Fill up the center holes with the extra glaze for even more flavor!
Want to change things up? Check out these variations:
- Crunchy - top with granola or nuts for a little extra crunch!
- Stone Fruit - Prefer a different type of stone fruit? This recipe also works with peaches, apricots, and pluots!
For this recipe, you need an air fryer, small pot or microwave safe dish, a cutting board, knife, and pastry brush.
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How to serve
Serve these Air Fryer Nectarines as a sweet snack or dessert. Add a scoop of vegan ice cream and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts and pecans for a deluxe version.
Or top the nectarines with vegan yogurt and granola for a fun and healthy air fryer breakfast!
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
For best results, use nectarines that are ripe but firm (not overly ripe). A good way to test for ripeness is to smell the nectarine. You're looking for a sweet and fragrant scent. You can also check the color. Ripe nectarines will be a combination of red and yellow with freckles of color. There shouldn't be any green.
But if the nectarine is especially soft and overripe, then it's probably better for making preserves.
Yes! If you want to use peaches or another stone fruit the directions are exactly the same. I have tried this recipe with peaches and they are also delicious!
Choose the air fryer that best meets your needs. Consider things like price, size, and functionality. I personally love my Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Grill and Air Fryer, because it has a bigger capacity, which better suits my family of four.
For more info, see my post What Air Fryer Should I Buy? or check out Good Housekeeping's review of the Best Air Fryers of 2023.
Looking for more air fryer recipes? Try these:
Air Fryer Nectarines
- 2 nectarines
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch of salt optional
- ¼ teaspoon sugar optional
- Preheat the air fryer to 350F or 180C.
- Cut the nectarines in half and remove the pits. If the pits don't pop out easily, you can use a small spoon to dig them out.
- Add the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt to a small pot. Cook over medium heat, whisking to combine, until the butter melts. Remove the glaze from the heat.
- Place the nectarines in a lined air fryer, cut-side down. Brush with the glaze. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Open the air fryer and turn the nectarines over. Brush with the rest of the glaze. Sprinkle sugar over the top for extra caramelization (optional). Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the air fryer and let cool for about 5 minutes, then serve right away!
- This recipe can make 2 to 4 servings, depending on how they're served. Nutritional info is calculated or 2 servings.
- I included an optional pinch of salt to enhance the flavor. Even ⅛ of a teaspoon is too much, so I truly mean a small pinch of salt.
Air Fryer and food safety tips
Here are a few safety tips for cooking with an air fryer.
- Cook food to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Use oils with a high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always use oven mitts or some protective hand covering when shaking the basket or removing food from the air fryer.
- Hot air comes out the back of the air fryer. Try to keep the back of the air fryer at least a hands length away from the wall, other ingredients, or anything else that could be damaged by heat.