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Small Batch Fried Apples

Buttery skillet fried apples are a classic Southern treat. Fresh apples are softened in butter and mixed with sugar and cinnamon. So delicious and they can be ready in just 15 minutes!

a small white bowl filled with fried apples on a silver tray next to an orange and white napkin.

These fried apples are a classic treat that can be enjoyed any time of the year. They're perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, for toppings, and as a side dish.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Southern fried apples are absolutely delicious! They're tender, buttery and sweet and can be served and enjoyed in a variety of different ways. They're totally reminiscent of the fried apples found in Cracker Barrel restaurants in the United States.
  • They're easy to make and ready in 15 minutes!
  • This small batch fried apples recipe is the perfect one to use if you have one or two apples that need to be used up.
  • This recipe can be doubled or tripled if you'd like to make more.

Ingredients

two apples, butter, brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in bowls on a brown cutting board.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

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  • Apples: I love using Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith apples when making fried apples. But honestly, I've used just about all types of apples. Each variety of apple will bring a little something different to the recipe. Keep in mind that firmer apples will hold their shape better and won't turn mushy when heated.
  • Lemon juice (optional): Either freshly squeezed or bottled will work just fine. The citric acid in lemons prevents apples from oxidizing and keeps them fresh longer.
  • Butter: I use salted butter.
  • Brown sugar: Maple syrup can be used instead of brown sugar if you prefer.
  • Spices: My favorite spices to use when making fried apples are cinnamon and nutmeg. You can leave the spices out if you don't have them on hand but these spices add a tremendous amount of flavor.

How To Make This Recipe

  • Peel, core, and slice the apples and place them into a medium-sized bowl. Pour lemon juice over the apple slices to prevent browning.
  • Melt the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.
butter melting in a skillet
  • Stir in the brown sugar and spices. Cook, stirring for 30 seconds.
brown sugar and melted butter in a skillet.
  • Add the sliced apples and stir to coat.
apple slices tossed with melted butter and brown sugar in a frying pan.
  • Cook and stir for 12-15 minutes, until apples have softened. The exact timing will depend on the size of your apple slices.
  • Remove from heat and serve warm.

This recipe will yield approximately 1 cup of fried apples.

softened apples in a clear bowl on a silver tray next to a yellow bowl filled with fresh apple slices.

Expert Tips

  • You can peel the apples or leave the skin on.
  • Slice your apples right before using them so that the fruit doesn't turn brown. To help prevent browning, we recommend adding a little bit of lemon juice to the sliced apples before cooking them.
  • If you'd like to make a larger batch of fried apples, just double the ingredients in the recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Store Fried Apples?

Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. I do not recommend freezing fried apples.

Can You Freeze Apples?

If you have an abundance of apples, you can freeze them to use later. To freeze apple slices:
* Peel, core, and slice the apples to your preferred size.
* Squeeze lemon juice over the apple slices to prevent browning.
* Place the slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer.
* Once frozen, transfer the apple slices to a freezer bag.

What Is The Best Size Pan To Use To Make A Small Batch Of Fried Apples?

I use a 10-inch skillet which can be found on our Cookware Page. For more information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.
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Serving Suggestions

Consider serving fried apples in any of these ways:

soft, fried cinnamon apples on a fork next to a white and orange plaid napkin.

Other Small Batch Apple Recipes

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a small white bowl filled with softened cinnamon apples.

Small Batch Fried Apples

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Salt
Keywords: apples, cinnamon fried apples, fried apples
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced or chopped apples , approximately 2 medium-sized apples
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Peel, core, and slice the apples and place them into a medium-sized bowl. Pour lemon juice over the apple slices to prevent browning
  • Melt the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook, stirring for 30 seconds.
  • Add the sliced apples and stir to coat.
  • Cook and stir for 12-15 minutes, until apples have softened. The exact timing will depend on the size of your apple slices.
  • Remove from heat and serve warm.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • You can peel the apples or leave the skin on.
  • Slice your apples right before using them so that the fruit doesn't turn brown. To help prevent browning, we recommend adding a little bit of lemon juice to the sliced apples before cooking them.
  • If you'd like to make a larger batch of fried apples, just double the ingredients in the recipe.
Consider serving fried apples in any of these ways:

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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3 thoughts on “Small Batch Fried Apples”

    1. Eileen, by definition, shortening is any fat that is solid at room temperature and used in baking. It is mostly used in pastries and other flaky baked goods. I use butter in my recipes.

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