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Easy Southern Fried Apples Recipe

This EASY fried apple recipe is the perfect side dish for most dinners. Make sure to double the recipe and have some for breakfast too.

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I know it’s Labor Day weekend and I should be enjoying the last days of summer, but I made this easy recipe for fried apples instead!

It’s been a lazy weekend, and my kids are binge watching some TV shows, so it’s quiet. I’ve been craving these cinnamon apples since the last time I went to Cracker Barrel. This is definitely a Cracker Barrel copycat recipe!

These are the best comfort food and so yummy. It’s a delicious side dish with simple ingredients that’s perfect this apple season.

The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the article.

bowl of fried apples on a white napkin with a green apple

Easy Fried Apples Recipe

I’m allergic to eggs so I don’t eat a lot of sweets and desserts unless I make them. This is a great quick and easy treat and side dish to get that sweet fix without having to make a homemade dessert.

Best Apples for Fried Apples

I like to use a tart apple and Granny Smith apples are the best. However, you can really use any apple you prefer or whatever you have on hand.  I like Granny Smiths because they hold up well when cooking and baking.  In other words, they don’t get mushy!

You don’t have to use all the same apple either.  You can mix things up and use what you like.

Kitchen Tools for simple fried apples recipe

I didn’t use any special kitchen equipment to make these. However, I can’t live without my apple slicer!  I went to a Pampered Chef party years ago and didn’t want to spend a ton of money, so I just bought the apple slicer and apple corer combo and I have used it way more than I thought I would.

It definitely saves time when making this recipe or just cutting up an apple for a snack. Here’s the exact one I have.

Cast Iron Skillet– If you have cast iron, get it out for this recipe! Cooking in cast iron is such a southern thing to do and perfect for this recipe. The more you cook with it, the better it gets.

Wooden spoon– I love wooden spoons and have an entire drawer full of them. You can never have to many!

Cutting board mats– These are so easy to clean and use when cooking. You can bend them easily so that makes it easier to add ingredients to other bowls or pots and pans. I use these exact ones almost every day. They can even go in the dishwasher for cleaning.

bowl of fried apples from overhead view on a white napkin with a green apple

Ingredients for Southern Fried Apples Recipe

You don’t need a lot of ingredients for this recipe, but they pack in a ton of flavor.

  • Butter– Salted butter is the best, but unsalted will work too. I normally use salted butter because that’s what I normally buy.
  • Fresh Apples– Granny Smith are great for this recipe. If you missed why, scroll back up a little. Honeycrisp and golden delicious work well too.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg– A little goes a long way.
  • White and brown sugar
bowl of fried apples from overhead view on a white napkin with a green apple

How to make fried apples

This delicious side dish is perfect for this time of year. Serve it with a pork loin for a tasty fall dinner.

Step 1

Peel, slice and core your apples.

Step 2

Melt the stick of butter in a large pot or large skillet over medium heat . Add apple slices and cook until tender. Give it a stir every few minutes.

Step 3

Add in the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook for a few more minutes and serve while the apples are still warm.

Step 4

Store and leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These taste great leftover because the flavors really soak into the apples.

Hint- These apples can be the filling in an apple pie too!!

bowl of easy fried apples on a white napkin with a green apple

Fried apples for dessert

Did you know you have have easy fried apples for a delicious treat? Put some cooked apples in a bowl and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

For a yummy breakfast just make your favorite pancake recipe or french toast and top with fried apples. It’s delicious.

This is a great recipe for a dessert apple pie pizza.

What recipes go well with pan fried apples?

You can eat these southern fried apples with all kinds of delicious foods!  Here are some of my favorites from my favorite bloggers.

I also have a great slow cooker pork and apple recipe that my kids LOVE.  Make sure to save it too!

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bowl of fried apples on a white napkin with a green apple
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Easy Southern Fried Apples Recipe

This EASY southern fried apples recipe is the perfect side dish for most dinners. Make sure to double the recipe and have some for breakfast too.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword apples, breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane


  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 4 granny smith apples sliced and peeled
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar


  • Slice and peel apples.
  • Melt butter in pan set on medium heat.
  • Add apples and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add white sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon and stir well.
  • Cook an additional 2 minutes and serve.
Recipe Rating

Lois Crawford

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Wow!! That looks very easy!! I'm going to try it this fall.