Fried Apples With Cinnamon

Fried Apples With Cinnamon recipe
The Spruce
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
120 Calories
6g Fat
18g Carbs
0g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 0g
Calcium 17mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Serve these simple Southern fried apples as a condiment or side dish with pork chops, a roast, or baked ham, or enjoy them 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 a blend of cinnamon and 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.



  • 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

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Fried Apples With Cinnamon recipe ingredients
    The Spruce
  2. Peel the apples, if desired. Core them and then dice them or slice them into thin, uniform wedges. Alternatively, slice the cored apples crosswise to make thin circles.

    Sliced apples in a bowl
    The Spruce
  3. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet or sauté pan over medium heat.

    Butter in a pan
    The Spruce
  4. When the butter has melted and begins to foam, add the chopped or sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons of water.

    Apples sautéing in a pan with butter
    The Spruce
  5. 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.

    Browned apples in syrup
    The Spruce
  6. Serve over pancakes, ice cream, or inside of crepes, and enjoy!

Recipe Variation

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