Friday, September 8, 2017

Southern Skillet Fried Apples

Fall is not all about the pumpkin y'all! Apples orchards are full of ripe fruit just waiting to be picked. There are apple festivals going on this time of year. The air has a hint of coolness to it after a long hot summer. As the old saying goes "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Well nobody specified how those apples could be prepared before you eat them and there are countless ways. The intoxicating aromas of cinnamon and spices filling the air.

One of my favorite apple dishes is an old classic. Southern Skillet Fried Apples is almost like apple pie without the crust and a favorite side dish in the South. It is a recipe that is so easy to make at home and better than what you'll find at Cracker Barrel.

Now I'm not trying to put ideas in your head but you could take this dish when it's done and take it a step further by adding some cake batter on top. Apple upside down cake! Just saying. We'll just stick with the Skillet Fried Apples today though 😉So let's pull out those cast iron skillets and get to cooking.

  • 4 tbs Butter (half a stick)
  • 1/4 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon (heaping)
  • 4 Apples

I used a couple of Honeycrisp Apples and Granny Smith Apples but you can use whatever variety you prefer. Those happen to be personal favorites of mine. My apples were also on the large size. If you have smaller apples, add in an extra one to the recipe.

First we have to core, slice and peel the apples. I just cut my apples in half, core them, then slice them and remove the peels from each section.

Warm your skillet over medium heat.

When hot, add the butter and allow to melt.

Add the brown sugar and cinnamon.

If you don't have brown sugar on hand, you could use granulated sugar and a tablespoon of molasses.

Stir to combine the melted butter, sugar and cinnamon together. Warning: it's going to smell really good!

Add in the apples. Stir to combine everything together.

Saute the apples until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve warm.

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See it at the Weekend Potluck


  1. Looks yummy! I can't wait to try this. Apples are one of my favorite fall treats!

  2. Looks so yummy!! And I take it even a step further, instead of cake on top, I add gingerbread. :-)

  3. Please set up your recipes so they can be printed

    1. Thank you for pointing that out. There was a print button but it seems to have disappeared. I'll work on getting it added back.

  4. Hi Julia,
    Who among us Southern Gals would not just love these Fried Apples, just delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,we are so happy to have you join us. Have a wonderful week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  6. These look so good! I love that you used a cast iron skillet--a must-have in every Southern kitchen. :) I'm featuring your recipe at this week's link party. https://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2017/09/delicious-apple-recipes-for-fall-and.html

    1. Jennifer,
      Thank you so much. I appreciate the feature. I enjoyed finding your blog a few months ago and am following you on your social media outlets.

  7. This sure take me back home in my mind. Thanks so much, Love to all

  8. Still doesn't have a print button. Very frustrating. Great recipe. Thank you.

    1. Carol, if you scroll to the very bottom of the page you'll find a print button. I'm so sorry for any inconvenience.

  9. Yum! I want to make these Skillet Fried Apples! I know my husband will LOVE this! I pinned it to make later.

  10. Just made this as my first attempt at fried apples. Tremendous! I used double the butter *oops* and added a touch of vanilla bean paste. One of the best things I've ever had! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Odell,
      I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I live by the motto "Butter make it better!"


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