Fried Apples Recipe (Southern Style) (2024)

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This Fried Apples Recipe is tart, sweet and has just the right amount of spice to make them a favorite side or dessert!

They are as simple as they are delicious, and are a comfort food that everyone loves! Serve as a side, or as dessert (they are so good over ice-cream).

Step-by-step photos and instructions are below!

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Southern Fried Apples

Right around this time of year, there is an abundance of apples available in the store, priced perfectly for making Apple Cinnamon Waffles, Applesauce and of course, these Fried Apples.

This is not terribly diet friendly. I mean, yes, it does contain fruit. However, we cook the apples in butter and add plenty of sugar. It’s like apple pie with the crust, essentially!

What you'll find in this post: hide

1 Southern Fried Apples

2 Why you’ll love this recipe:

3 Frequently Asked Questions

4 What to serve with Fried Apples

5 Recipe Ingredients and Possible Substitutes

6 Recommended Equipment/Tools

7 How to make this recipe

8 Kylee’s Notes

9 Freezing instructions

10 More delicious Apple Recipes

11 Easy Fried Apples Recipe

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • This is an easy recipe to make, that doesn’t take long!
  • This recipe can be made ahead, refrigerated or frozen (see notes).
  • Versatile. It can be a side, a dessert or part of breakfast.

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes with Fried Apples?

Pork and chicken dishes pair well with these apples as a side, but I particularly like them as dessert with ice-cream. Some people love them with breakfast, too!

How long do fried apples last in the fridge?

Stored properly, in a covered container in the refrigerator, your apples will be good for about 5 days.

Can you freeze fried apples?

You certainly can. Allow to cool completely, then store in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw and warm in a saucepan.

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What to serve with Fried Apples

This recipe can be a side dish for a main course (it is especially good with fried pork chops), or as a dessert with vanilla ice-cream.

You can even use them in hand pies. Wrap some apples in pie crust, brush with an egg wash, cut a few steam holes and bake.

I have included step-by-step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the full recipe card located at the bottom of the post.

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Recipe Ingredients and Possible Substitutes

The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.

  • Butter. I use salted butter for pretty much everything.
  • Apples. I use fresh apples, and prefer Granny smith apples for their tartness. They hold their shape well during cooking and the tartness balances the sweetness of this recipe.
  • White and Brown Sugar. Both types have their place here! I use dark brown sugar.
  • Cinnamon. You could use Apple Pie Spice if you have any in your pantry. Or Pumpkin Pie Spice, for that matter!
  • Nutmeg and Salt. Just a pinch of each.
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  • Chopping Board
  • Knife. You will need a good sharp knife to cut the apples evenly.
  • Vegetable Peeler. To peel the skins off the apples
  • Cast iron skillet. A cast iron skillet isn’t 100% necessary, but because of all the sugar, you’ll need a very heavy bottomed pan to help prevent burning and uneven cooking

How to make this recipe

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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Get prepped

Peel, core and slice the apples into even pieces. You will want them sliced more chunky than thin. Cooking time will be longer, but the apples will have more bite to them.

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Cook the apples

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add the apples, cover, and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes, until the apples are soft. Stir often so they don’t burn.

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Add remaining ingredients

Mix the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in a bowl.

Add to the apples and stir. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and are syrupy.

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Serve over ice-cream, or as a side.

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Kylee’s Notes

Peel and chop apples ahead

Toss the apple slices with a little lemon juice to prevent browning.


You can use more or less sugar and spices according to your tastes.

You can use pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice in place of cinnamon if you prefer.

Freezing instructions

This recipe can be frozen after cooking.

Allow the apples to cool completely, then store in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw and warm in a saucepan.

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  • Apple Dumplings. Tart apples wrapped in a flaky biscuit, and smothered in a buttery vanilla sauce. Topped with crunchy cinnamon sugar, this is a super easy recipe that delivers on taste!
  • Homemade Applesauce. A simple, no-frills homemade applesauce recipe, that lets you control the sugar! Perfect for families of all sizes, make a big batch for all of you to enjoy!
  • Puff Pastry Apple Tart. A simple yet impressive dessert simple enough for weeknights, but fancy enough for holidays! This Puff Pastry Apple Tart takes just a few minutes to assemble, and 20 mins to bake!
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  • Apple Cinnamon Scones. Light and flaky apple cinnamon scones filled with fresh apples and warm cinnamon spices. These scones come together quickly with minimal ingredients and are perfect for grab and go breakfasts, or for mid morning/afternoon treats.
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Easy Fried Apples Recipe

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This Fried Apples Recipe is tart, sweet and has just the right amount of spice to make them a favorite side or dessert!

A delicious comfort food that everyone loves! Serve as a side, or as dessert (they are delicious over ice-cream).

Author: Kylee Ayotte

Print Pin Rate

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Recommended Equipment

Yield: 6



  • 6 scoops Vanilla Ice cream


Get prepped

  • Peel, core and slice the apples into even pieces.

Cook the apples

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

  • Add the apples, cover, and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes, until the apples are soft. Stir often so they don’t burn.

Add remaining ingredients

  • Mix the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in a bowl.

  • Add to the apples and stir. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and are syrupy.


  • Serve over ice-cream, or as a side.

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Nutrition info does not include the optional ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg


Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

About Kylee Ayotte

I am a born and raised New Zealander (a Kiwi), now living in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m happily married to the love of my life – a hot American boy I met while traveling the world. I’m a mama to 2 awesome little boys and love red things, rugby, cheesecake, and bacon. Mmmmm. Bacon. Read More

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  1. Nancy Overby says

    Just like Grandma use to make on her wood burning stove. The Best❤️


  2. Kathy R says

    As a true Southerner from North Carolina, we never put any spices in but a small dash of vanilla extract. And I would use much less sugar too (maybe 1/2 cup sugar max)for 6 apples and it be plenty sweet. We always had w/any pork dish and esp good with country ham and buttermilk biscuits! Thanks for sharing your version


  3. Brenda says

    Very tasty! Made with no changes. Thank you Kylee!


  4. Norma says

    Very good. Going to use this as filling for apple hand pies.


  5. Kekeli Patbey says

    Easy and excellent! I used a little less sugar.


  6. Rob Sullivan says

    Thanks so much for sharing recipe, I am not a very good cook although I like to cook,living alone I get tired of eating out and just decided to cook for myself,got myself a iron skillet and a instant pot and some recipes.


  7. Sherry says

    Made recipe like this one but added honey in place of the sugars. Tasted great!


    • Jodie Johnson says

      Hello Sherry,
      I see where you used honey rather than all of the sugars in this apple recipe. I would love to know how much honey you replaced the sugars with.
      I prefer honey over sugar in my coffee as well. Thank you in advance!

  8. Karen says

    This recipe is the bomb!! I’ve been cooking since I was 8 or younger and I’m almost 58. That being said the ingredients to this recipe are spot on. The only difference I made is I didn’t cover them. We like our fried apples carameliized so I don’t cover them and keep cooking them until they’re sticky like. This is how all the older generation fixed them. I would strongly suggest trying them this way.
    Fantastic recipe!!
    Thanks Kyleee


  9. Courtney says

    Made this tonight as a side and they tasted great


  10. Franny fra says

    Thank you ,I can’t wait to try them. I think I’m going to wrap in croissants and maybe a little bit for the top.


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  12. Kayla DiMaggio says

    Yum! I have never made fried apples before but these are so delicious!


  13. Gwynn Galvin says

    This recipe is so easy to make and oh so delicious! My family loved every spoonful!


  14. Allyssa says

    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make fried apples recipe! Fam really loves it! Will have this again! Highly recommended!


  15. Liz says

    Fried apples take me back to my childhood! My grandparents had a bunch of apple trees in their backyard, so my grandma often made fried apples! These taste almost like hers 🙂


Fried Apples Recipe (Southern Style) (2024)


What meat goes with fried apples for dinner? ›

In fact, you may find yourself going back for some more apple picking. Enjoy this as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or as a side dish with chicken fried chicken, ham steak, or pan-fried pork chops. Spoon the fried apples over pancakes, waffles, French Toast, or buttery cream cheese pound cake.

Are canned fried apples the same as apple pie filling? ›

The verdict? They're similar to apple pie filling in texture, but much less sugary and syrupy. The apple filling inside the can is much juicer and not as sticky as the liquid in apple pie filling.

What are two suitable methods of cooking apples? ›

Apples can be cooked down into sauce, apple butter, or fruit preserves. They can be baked in an oven and served with custard, and made into pies or apple crumble. In the UK roast pork is commonly served with cold apple sauce made from boiled and mashed apples. A baked apple is baked in an oven until it has become soft.

Does Lucks still make fried apples? ›

Today, Luck's offers a wide array of premium quality Beans, Chicken and Dumplings, Fried Apples and Fried Peaches, delivering the authentic Southern flavor that made them famous.

What meat does apple pair with? ›

Apples go really well with chicken, specifically fatty chicken that has a chance to release some of its schmaltz when cooked. Pork is another ideal apple pairing, and even red meat like a nice steak can benefit from a crunchy apple slaw.

What is a good combo with apples? ›

Apples are also a natural partner for savory ingredients like pork roasts, crispy-skinned chicken, juicy sausages, and even scallops. At breakfast, they shine with bacon or ham, or piled on a bowl of oatmeal or quinoa.

Why did McDonald's stop selling fried apple pies? ›

And then there's the long forgotten fried apple pie at McDonald's, which made the switch to baked in 1992 due to health reasons and has tasted inferior ever since. Unless you're over 40 and/or live in Hawaii (more on that soon), you've probably never tasted a McDonald's fried apple pie.

How do you eat fried apples in a can? ›

"Eat them as a side with pintos, mashed potatoes and cornbread," said one commenter. "I had them over ice cream," said another. Another group member suggested a simple slow-cooker meal: "Pork tenderloin, a can of fried apples and a bottle of (barbecue sauce) in a crockpot," they shared. "Super easy yummy meal."

What kind of apple is best for cooking? ›

For the best pies, crisps, and other baked treats, apples need to be firm enough to hold their own during the cooking process. We call these apples “baking apples” and to namedrop, they include Braeburn, Cortland, Honey Gold, Jonathan, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Haralson, and Newtown Pippin.

Which apples get mushy when cooked? ›

While great for snacking, Gala, Fuji and Red Delicious are the most common apples that won't hold up in the oven and will give you a watery-mushy pie, tart or cake.

Are pink ladies cooking apples? ›

Pink Lady® apples are more than a blushing beauty. Their sweet flavor and juicy crunch make them perfect for both snacking and cooking.

What are McDonald's apples? ›

McDonald's Apple Slices are a wholesome, tasty side made from real apples. Specially selected varieties mean our apple slices are always crisp and juicy, making for a tasty snack with 15 calories per labelled serving. Enjoy it as a Snack or Side to your meal!

What is the best crispy and sweet apple? ›

Fuji. Due to their low acidity, these ultra-sweet, crispy and juicy apples are a go-to choice for snacking and baking, as well as homemade baby food or apple butters.

Which roast meat is typically served alongside apple sauce? ›

In Sweden and Britain, it is commonly served with roast pork and goose. In British and Spanish cuisine, it is commonly served as pork chops and apple sauce. The Danish æbleflæsk combines the pork with apple sauce while cooking it.

Can I eat apple with beef? ›

Can you eat fruit with meat? Of course! It doesn't matter what the fruit or meat may be, it's up to you.

Why do apples go well with pork? ›

An apple can be the perfect complement to cut the salt from any pork dish and if you're entertaining, it can be a nice little surprise when your guests dig in! For pairing with the saltiness of pork, we recommend sweeter varieties that hold their shape while baking, like Golden Delicious, Piñata®, and Honeycrisp.


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