Fried Apples

I grew up with lots of homemade apple pies (which means I totally win because my mom makes the best pies), but never fried apples.  For an easy, delicious, quite a bit like eating warm apple pie filling side dish, this recipe is a winner!


Fried Apples

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 6-8 apples (I imagine most any variety would work, except red and golden delicious.)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Peel and slice apples.  Melt butter in a heavy skillet.  Add apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Saute on medium (maybe medium-low) heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.  Serve warm.




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  1. This is one of the things I miss not living near a Cracker Barrel restaurant. I will definitely try this.

  2. Fried apples are the best!

  3. Golden Delicious apples are delicious in this dish! That is usually the variety I pick so that is what I usually use for fried apples!

    • Oh, good to know! I never use the red or golden delicious for any cooking or baking because they seem like a softer apple. Glad you’ve had positive experience with them.

  4. Have you tried substituting coconut oil for the butter? Also, we like to add raisins to ours. MMMM…may be making some tonight 🙂

    • I haven’t tried coconut oil yet, mostly because I love the butter flavor. 🙂 Raisins… what a great idea! I’ll have to remember that next time.

  5. Debbie Jennings says:

    I made this many years ago when I was in high school. I had totally forgotten about this dish. I will have to be getting some apples and making some of this as soon as possible.

    I can’t wait for our apple trees to make fruit. We have 2. One is a yellow Delicious and the other is another kind. =) We do love apples. And did you know that you can use just about the same recipe and make fried bananas? You just cut the bananas in strips. They are really good like this, too.

  6. My Granny Maynor used to make the best fried apples. These look wonderful too!

  7. Funny…I was just thinking about making these tonight! They are delicious and smell delicious while they cook. Mmmm…

  8. These look yummy. Do you know if they freeze well?

    • I have no idea. Haven’t made enough to freeze yet. My *guess* is that it would be fine, simply because I’ve frozen apple pie filling before, and this is much the same, but I really can’t say for sure.

  9. Melanie Brownsberger says:

    does anyone know if you can make this and freeze or put in the frig with out it going all mushy??

  10. We make these all the time — perfect for pancakes, with homemade granola, and with ice cream. We put it into oatmeal too!

  11. Made this tonight. Yum! Thanks for the idea!

  12. Thanks for sharing. I think it might make me apple-loving husband fall in love with me all over again and maybe I’ll get a back rub!

  13. You can do this in the oven too, add about a tablespoon more of butter, and put in a heavy baking dish @350 for 30-40 minutes, stirring once at the halfway point, this frees up the stove-top if making other things! I might be making some of these tomorrow to go with my oatmeal!

  14. They taste even more like Cracker Barrel’s fried apples if you cook them in bacon grease instead of butter. Yummy either way!

  15. do you have to use a cast iron skillet?

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