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Sweet southern fried apples are pan-fried in butter and spices to create a scrumptious treat that is sure to be a welcome addition for any apple lover out there. These yummy fried apples are a perfect alternative to pie filling but are also delicious on their own!
Spiced and saucy, these delicious fried apples are cooked in melted butter and warm spices to make the best sweet comfort food you can imagine. There are so many ways to use these tasty fried cinnamon apples, or simply enjoy them on their own!
Homemade fried apples are perfect for everything from an ice cream topping to a filling inside yummy apple treats. You can use these fried apples instead of store-bought apple pie filling for our apple enchiladas or apple bread pudding.
Just like the ones you would get at Cracker Barrel, fried apples are a snap to make and a delicious way to enjoy all those crisp fall apples. Tart and sweet, fried apples will soon become a favorite side or dessert.
Fried Apples Ingredients
- Apples - large Pippin apples
- Lemon - large lemon, about ¼ cup juice
- Butter - salted butter
- Sugar - granulated sugar
- Flour - all-purpose flour
As the apples cook, they will break down into mush (like making applesauce). If you slice them thin, they only need 5 -10 minutes total to cook through, but will still have a little structure to them. The apples usually release liquid while cooking. If there is not enough liquid after dissolving the sugar into the cooking apples, you can add a little cold water to make more sauce as it will thicken with the flour.
If you can’t find the Pippin variety of apples, you could use Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Fuji, or Golden Delicious apples in this easy recipe. A firm apple will hold up better to the frying process than softer apples.
The lemon not only helps to prevent browning on the sliced apples, but it also adds another level of flavor and tartness to offset the sweet sugar. You can also use maple syrup, honey, and/or light brown sugar as a white sugar substitute to sweeten the apples.
How to Make Fried Apples
FIRST STEP: As you peel, core, and slice the apples, toss them into a bowl and squeeze lemon juice over them.
SECOND STEP: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
THIRD STEP: When the butter is melted, add apples to the skillet. Saute over medium-high heat until the apples begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
FOURTH STEP: Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the apples, stir, and continue cooking until the sugar dissolves into the butter and forms a sauce.
FIFTH STEP: Sprinkle the flour over the apples and stir to combine.
SIXTH STEP: Bring the apple mixture to a low boil and simmer over low for a few more minutes until the sauce thickens.
SEVENTH STEP: Serve immediately!
What kinds of apples are best to use in this fried apple recipe?
Make sure you pick firm apples but any apple you choose would be delicious. We recommend varieties like Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Fuji.
Do I need to peel the apples for this recipe?
It is best to peel the apples for this recipe as leaving them on would affect the consistency and soft texture of the apples.
Can I freeze homemade fried apples?
Fried apples can be frozen but be aware that the texture of them may change. If you are planning to use them as a filling, they would likely be fine to freeze and use later.
How to Store Fried Apples
IN THE FRIDGE: Store these easy fried apples in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.
IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze fried apples but the texture of them may change during the freezing process.
- 5 large Pippin apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
- 1 large lemon about ¼ cup juice
- ½ cup salted butter 1 stick or 113 grams
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- As you peel, core, and slice the apples, toss them into a bowl and squeeze lemon juice over them.
- Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
- When the butter is melted, add apples to the skillet. Sauté over medium-high heat until the apples begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the apples, stir, and continue cooking until the sugar dissolves into the butter and forms a sauce.
- Sprinkle the flour over the apples and stir to combine.
- Bring the apple mixture to a low boil and simmer over low for a few more minutes until the sauce thickens.
- Serve immediately!