Southern Fried Apples

fried apples
Fried apple slices in a skillet. Brian Hagiwara/Getty Images
  • 29 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 14 mins
  • Yield: Makes 6 Servings
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Fried apples make a fabulous breakfast side dish or top with ice cream or whipped cream for a delicious dessert. The sliced apples are sauteed in butter with sugar until they're soft and the juices are reduced and syrupy.

Add a dash of cinnamon to the apples, or use brown sugar for some caramel flavor. 

Fried apples are amazing on French toast, waffles, or pancakes, and they go well with a hearty eggs and bacon breakfast or breakfast casserole. They also make a nice accompaniment for baked ham, chops, or pork roast. For dessert, serve the apples warm with a scoop of ice cream or drizzle some heavy cream over them. 

Feel free to reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup or less.

What You'll Need

  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled or not, cored, quartered, and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar for serving if desired

How to Make It

Melt butter in a medium heavy skillet over medium heat. Add apples to skillet; cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until apples are juicy.

Turn and sprinkle with 1/3 cup sugar. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes longer.

Uncover and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until sugar is absorbed and apples are lightly browned on bottom.

Remove from heat and sprinkle with a few more tablespoons of sugar, depending on tartness of apples.

Serve hot as a side dish to ham or pork meal, or with breakfast.

Serves 6.

Tips and Variations

  • Use half brown sugar along with the granulated sugar.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or a spice blend or 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

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