Fall is apple picking season and this delectable Fried Apples recipe is just what the doctor ordered. It takes less than 20 minutes and has five simple ingredients that you may already have on hand. Prepare to be dazzled with some good ole southern home cooking.
Fall is my favorite time of the year! I just love everything about it. From the bonfires to the brightly colored mums and cool crisp nights. Fall just wouldn’t be the same without picking a peck or 1/2 bushel of apples. With this scrumptiously easy recipe you will have those apples ate up in no time at all. In fact you may find yourself going back for some more apple picking.
How do you make Easy Southern Fried Apples?
This recipe is so easy peasy you will be wondering why you have not made it your whole life. Simply grab a large non stick skillet or cast iron skillet and melt a stick of butter in it over medium to medium low heat. You don’t want that butter to burn. Once the butter is melted stir in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. I like to add a dash of nutmeg, or sometimes a couple pinches of ground cloves. Think apple pie spice and you can’t go wrong.
Stir the mixture up so the sugar dissolves in the butter over the heat. Now add the apples and continue cooking and stirring several times for about 7-10 minutes. Don’t overcook the apples or they will start to break down and get mushy. You want them to still have a little firmness. That is a big part of what makes them so yummy.
Recipe notes and helpful tips
- My favorite apple for this recipe is by far Granny Smiths. Other good choices are Braeburn or Pink Lady (also known as Cripps Pink).
- Slice your apples in as uniform pieces as possible so they all cook at about the same rate. I use an apple slicer and if for some strange reason a piece looks unusually thick I slice it in half lengthwise to make a couple of thinner wedges.
- Use real unsalted sweet cream butter. It really is the true southern way.
- If you don’t like nutmeg (believe me I have readers that do) add a couple pinches of ground cloves or apple pie spice.
- To reheat fried apples simply place in a large skillet over low heat and warm stirring gently several times.
- Leftovers should be refrigerated.
- They are super delicious served with Smothered Pork Chops and Honey Baked Ham.
Can you freeze Southern Fried Apples?
Yes you most certainly can. The apples will lose a little bit of their firmness but sometimes you just need to freeze some leftovers. Allow the apples to cool to room temperature and seal in ziploc freezer bags or ziploc freezer containers. Store up to two months.
Other apple recipes you will love!
- Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
- Apple Bread with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch
- Apple Fritter
- Crock Pot Apple Butter
- Apple Cookies
- Apple Strudel
Easy Southern Fried Apples
Home-style crisp apples cooked in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. They make the perfect side for fried pork chops, honey baked ham, or scrambled eggs with smoked sausage.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: side dish
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: southern
- 6 medium Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced (see notes)
- 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter (1 stick)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (see notes)
- In a large non stick skillet or cast iron skillet melt butter over medium low heat. Stir in sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; stirring continuously until sugar is dissolved.
- Add apples and cook just until the apple begins to break down and starts to become a little tender; stirring several times. This usually takes between 7-10 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
- Other good apple choices are Honeycrisp, Braeburn or Pink Lady (also known as Cripps Pink).
- If you don’t like nutmeg add a couple pinches of ground cloves or apple pie spice.
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