Easy Fried Apples

Simple and delicious fried apples  make a comforting side dish perfect for autumn suppers including pork chops, cabbage rolls and roast beef.
Easy Fried Apples

Easy Fried Apples

Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is for easy fried apples,  which is something I like to make every year as early autumn takes  hold  and  apples are being harvested heavily at the orchards.

Easy Fried Apples

A Family Favorite Full of Memories

I made these for my brother a few years back, when I visited back home when Mom passed away. He has since passed away as well. He really enjoyed these and I am  glad I had a chance to cook these for him. It is the type of cooking I think he liked most, being a meat and potatoes country cooking kind of guy. And it’s the way I have always made them, quick, simple, and easy.   Even though he  liked this kind of food,  I don’t think he had ever had them before.

These skillet fried apples make a great side for breakfast and tastes like apple pie without the crust.

What Kind of Apples Should I Use?

The kind of apples you use does make a difference. There are sweet apples, there are tart apples. There are apples which hold their shape under cooking, and those which just turn into sauce. Refer to an apple chart for apples available in your area if you need to be sure. You can easily up the amounts to cook in the same skillet if you need extra.

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Easy Fried Apples

Easy Fried Apples

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Easy Fried Apples

Easy Fried Apples

Sue Lau
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 3 cooking apples sweet, such as Empire, Fuji, Jonagold, Paula reds, etc.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider


  • Peel, core and slice apples.
  • Melt butter in a skillet and cook apples over low heat until they become tender, adding the apple cider after they brown to aid them getting soft.
  • Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and stir in brown sugar and cook until apples caramelize, but not so long as to burn the sugar.
  • Serve hot.


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This post has been updated from  6.19.2013, 8.28.19, to reflect  new photography

16 responses

  1. Can you leave the peel on the apples and it still work good? I love the apple skin because you get all of you nutrients from the skin.

    • Peels from apples tend to separate sometimes. Other times they prevent the caramelization on the apple flesh. I don’t leave peels on the apples. What you could do is to take the peels and toss them with a little fruity salad dressing that is acidic enough to keep the flesh from oxidizing, and put that in a baggie in the fridge for a few hours until you can make a tossed salad with that, apple chunks, lettuce, walnuts, dried cranberries etc.

  2. Sue, fried apples were my grandpa’s favorite dish. My grandma would serve all of us grandkids first, because he always ate what was in the serving bowl! 🙂

  3. Easy recipes are the best…especially when apples are involved! These take me straight back to my childhood!!!

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