Southern Fried Apples

Southern Fried Apples
Diana Rattray
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Ratings (6)

If you crave a dessert but have little time, these fried apples are the perfect solution. All you have to do is peel the apples, slice them, and saute them in butter. Add some sugar, and you have an instant syrupy apple dessert with only about 10 minutes of hands-on time. The dish offers satisfying apple pie flavor with far less mess!

The recipe calls for granulated sugar, but for a caramel flavor, feel free to use brown sugar. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon along with the sugar if you'd like, or sprinkle the finished apples with a cinnamon-sugar blend. For the apples, choose an apple that will hold its shape fairly well when cooked. Granny Smith, Empire, Cortland, Golden Delicious, and Fuji are good choices for this recipe. Check the apples as you cook to make sure they aren't becoming applesauce. Some apples soften more quickly; the thickness of the slices can play a part as well. 

The warm fried apples make a fabulous dessert with a scoop of ice cream or freshly whipped cream. The sweetened apples are also delicious on French toast, waffles, or pancakes, and they go well with a hearty breakfast casserole. They also make a nice accompaniment for baked ham, chops, or pork roast.

What You'll Need

  • 3 apples (medium to large in size, tart)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Optional: sugar or cinnamon sugar for serving

How to Make It

  1. Peel the apples or wash them and leave them unpeeled. Core the apples and slice them into wedges.
  2. Melt the butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat.
  3. When the butter is hot and the foaming subsides, add the sliced apples to skillet. Cover the pan and cook them for about 5 minutes, or until apples are softened.
  4. Turn the apples gently and sprinkle with the 1/3 cup of sugar. Reduce heat to low. Cover the pan and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes longer.
  1. Uncover and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until the sugar is dissolved and syrupy.
  2. Remove the apples from heat. Taste the apples and sprinkle with a few more tablespoons of sugar if they are still quite tart. Or sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar blend.
  3. Serve hot as a side dish with ham or pork, with breakfast, or as a dessert.


To gussy the apples up, make an oat crumble topping. In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup of flour with 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon each of baking powder and cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Mix well and add 1/3 cup of rolled oats. Cut in 4 tablespoons of room temperature butter. Mix with your fingers or forks until small clumps form. Spread the crumbs out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and chill for about 5 to 10 minutes. Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for about 15 minutes, stirring and turning about halfway through. Cool and sprinkle over fried apples or other fruits, ice cream, pudding, or custard.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 152
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Carbohydrates 27 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)