Fried Apples With Cinnamon Recipe

Fried Apples
Apple Saute. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
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Serve these simple Southern fried apples as a condiment with pork chops, a roast, or baked ham, or with a big breakfast or brunch. They make a nice accompaniment for a hearty breakfast casserole, French toast, or pancakes.

They make an excellent dessert dish as well. Serve them warm with a scoop of ice cream or top the apples with whipped cream or whipped topping and sprinkle with some cinnamon sugar.

It is an easy dish to make, and such a tasty way to use fresh apples any time of the year. The apples can be peeled or left with the peels on for a more rustic and traditional dish. This version includes cinnamon and nutmeg, but they can be prepared without the spices or with cinnamon alone. 

See Also
Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce

What You'll Need

  • 8 medium Granny Smith apples or tart red apples, such as Jonathan or Cortland
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water

How to Make It

Peel the apples, if desired. Core them and then dice or cut into thin, uniform wedges. Or, slice the cored apples crosswise to make thin circles.

Melt the butter in a heavy skillet or saute pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and begins to foam, add the chopped or sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons of water.

Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the apples are tender and the sugar mixture has become syrupy.

Some varieties of apples hold their shape better than others. Add more water to the pan if necessary. 

The apples make a delicious side dish or condiment with pork or ham. They are also excellent served with breakfast or as a dessert with some whipped cream or ice cream.


  • Use 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in place of the water, if desired.