Fried Apples is the perfect dessert or ice cream topping and ready in 15 minutes. Simple ingredients are needed to make this flavorful dish.

Fried Apples in a cast iron skillet with a spoon

Fried Apples Recipe:

Fried Apples is the perfect dessert for many occasion. The cinnamon, brown sugar and buttery sauce makes this dish so delicious. It is ready in less than 15 minutes and makes a classic comfort dessert.

Southern Fried Apples can be served by itself, as a ice cream topping or as a pie filling. Make this easy dessert when you have a lot of apples. You family will thank you.

Simple, easy, delicious apple recipe that will make your house smell amazing. Jazz up some of your favorite apples and makes this fried apple dessert.

Fried Apples in a white dish with a serving on a spoon

What Pan Should I Use?

When making these fried apples, we recommend using a cast iron skillet. We believe that there is nothing better to melt the butter and cook the apples in. The cast iron skillet gets hot fast and cooks the apples perfectly.

Make sure you cook your apples in a clean and seasoned cast iron skillet. If you need tips on how to clean you cast iron skillet, we have all the tips and tricks here.

Fried Apples in a white dish with a spoon

What are the Best Apples to Fry?

We suggest using Granny Smith Apples when making fried apples. We love the tartness that granny smith has and they cook up perfectly in the skillet. But you can always use these other suggestions:

  • Golden Delicious Apples – These apples have a sweet flavor and work great in this recipe. But handle with care as they can bruise easily. Cracker Barrel uses this kind in their recipe.
  • Fuji Apples – This apple choice also has a sweeter side to it. You may need to adjust your sugar ingredient. But having the extra sweetness is delicious with this recipe.

While Granny Smith provides the perfect blend of tartness and sweetness, any of these types of apples would suffice. Anytime I have extra apples of any kind, I use them to make fried apples.

You can’t go wrong with this simple recipe that is always a crowd pleaser. It is the best.

Ingredients needed - granny smith apples, lemon, butter, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon

Ingredients: 

  • Granny Smith Apples 
  • Lemon, juiced 
  • Unsalted Butter 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Ground Cinnamon 

How to Make Fry Apples: 

  • Prepare Apples – Peel, core and slice the apples.  Place them in a bowl and coat it with the lemon juice from the lemon to keep them from browning. 
Preparing the apples for cooking
  • Melt Butter – Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  
Heating the sugars, cinnamon and butter in the cast iron skillet
  • Add in Sugars and Cinnamon – Then whisk in the sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.  
  • Add Apples and Cook – Then stir in the apple slices.  Cook the apples until they are tender, 10-15 minutes.  Watch the apples closely while they are cooking and adjust the heat as needed.  Cooking time will vary.
  • Simmer the Apples – You want the heat to be at a simmer.  Make sure to not over cook the apples as they will get mushy.  
  • Serve and Enjoy – Serve warm and enjoy. 
Fried Apples in a white dish with a spoon

How to Serve Fried Apples:

Serving Fried Apples is the perfect fall dessert. The warm cinnamon flavor is perfectly served by itself or you can serve it with one of these favorites:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream – We love to serve warm fried apples over the top of vanilla ice cream. You can even drizzle with some caramel sauce to enhance the flavor.
  • Pancakes or Waffles – Add a serving to your favorite pancakes or waffles. It is a great way to jazz up your breakfast.
  • Pie Filling – Add to you favorite pie crust for an easy apple pie recipe.
  • Fried Chicken – I like to serve these Fried Apples when I make Fried Chicken or Fried Pork Chops. It balances well with these meats.

Fried Apple Tips:

  • Watch the apples closely while they are cooking. You may need to adjust the heat as needed.  You want the heat to be at a simmer. 
  • Don’t overcook the apples. Make sure to not cook the apples too long or they will get mushy.  
  • Serve the apples warm. These are best served warm.
  • Try apple pie spice. You can use this spice with fresh apples instead of the cinnamon.
  • Salted butter. You can use the salted variety if you prefer.
  • Fresh cut apples. Try to slice the apples right before cooking so they stay fresh and don’t turn brown. If you need to cut them sooner, make sure to soak them in lemon juice.
  • Sugars – Since the apples have their own sweetness, you can easily reduce the amount of sugars that you add to the recipe.
Fried Apples in a white dish with a serving on a spoon

How to Store Fried Apples:

Store the leftover fried apples in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  These Fried Apples are best served Warm.

Can you Freeze Fried Apples?

You can freeze fried apples, but keep in mind that the texture may change on the apples. Make sure to store in a freezer safe container and served within 2 months of placing in the freezer.

Fried Apples in a white dish with a spoon

Easy Fried Apples Recipe:

If you are needing an easy recipe that is budget friendly, this fried apple recipe is the one to make. It doesn’t take long to peel and core the apples and place them in your cast iron skillet to cook.

You guest will be so impress with the flavor and amazing they taste on their vanilla ice cream. It is one of those recipes that easily can be enjoyed with any meal of the day.

From breakfast and lunch to dinner, it is the best side dish. My kids love it for dessert with ice cream. I can eat it by the bowl just for a snack. However you decide to eat it, you will definitely enjoy it.

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Fried Apples

5 from 4 votes
Fried Apples is the perfect dessert or ice cream topping and ready in 15 minutes. Simple ingredients are needed to make this flavorful dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 206
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 4 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Peel, core and slice the apples.  Place them in a bowl and coat it with the lemon juice from the lemon to keep them from browning.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Then whisk in the sugars and ground cinnamon.
  • Then stir in the apple slices.  Cook the apples until they are tender, 10-15 minutes.  Watch the apples closely while they are cooking and adjust the heat as needed.  You want the heat to be at a simmer.  Make sure to not over cook the apples as they will get mushy.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover fried apples in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 206kcal, Carbohydrates 37g, Protein 1g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 5mg, Potassium 175mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 30g, Vitamin A 310IU, Vitamin C 15mg, Calcium 35mg, Iron 0.4mg

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