Fried Apples are like apple pie without the crust! Serve cinnamon apples as a dinner side dish, a dessert with ice cream or breakfast topping.
Old fashioned, cinnamon apples are so easy to make! Fried apples are a popular side dish at Cracker Barrel that has been on the menu for years. They go really well with pork chops. But fried apples are a lot like apple pie filling so they can be enjoyed as a dessert as well!
Start by melting the butter in a pan. I like to cut my butter into pieces to help it melt faster.
Add the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground allspice.
Cook for 1-2 minutes while stirring.
Add the sliced apples and stir to coat with the sauce.
What are the best apples for making fried apples?
When making fried apples, you’ll want to choose crisp tart apples to offset the sweetness. Also, make sure to use firm apples that will hold up to baking and won’t turn mushy.
Granny Smith, Empire, Pink Lady, Braeburn, and Honeycrisp are a few of the best apples for cooking and baking. I like using Granny Smith because they are often cheaper than some of the other apples.
Some people prefer using two kinds of apples when making desserts for the combination of flavors as well as the optimal sweetness and tartness. So, that is something you can experiment with, and is good to know if you have two kinds of apples on hand.
Cook the apples, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes until softened.
Should the apples be peeled before cooking?
You can make fried cinnamon apples with or without the peels. We prefer them peeled but that does take longer. If you are short on time, you can skip peeling the apples beforehand.
Remove from heat and serve while warm.
Can I freeze fried apples?
Yes, you can freeze fried apples. Allow the fried apples to cool somewhat and then put them into a freezer-safe container or plastic zip-top freezer bag. Label the container or bag with the contents, date, and amount.
Store the container or bag of fried apples in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to a year. Thaw in the fridge overnight and warm in the microwave or a saucepan before serving.
What else can be added to fried apples?
We made basic fried apples for this recipe but so many things can be added to the apples depending on what your family likes. Additional ingredients are also a fun way to change up this cinnamon apples recipe occasionally. Here are a few suggestions:
- dried cranberries
- sliced pears
- chopped walnuts or pecans
- shredded coconut
What should I serve with fried apples?
Fried apples can be served as a side dish, eaten for breakfast, or as a dessert.
- Side Dish: Serve with pork, turkey, or on top of cornbread.
- Breakfast: Top with yogurt and granola or serve with oatmeal. Also, delicious on waffles, pancakes, crepes, or French toast.
- Dessert: Enjoy with ice cream.
Want more apple recipes? Try these next:
This four ingredient Apple Cobbler Recipe is super easy to make with apple pie filling, cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, and butter!
This recipe for Dutch Apple Pie is so easy to make! Instead of having a double crust like a traditional apple pie this recipe has a fabulous crumble on top.
Easy Apple Crisp recipe with sweet, tender apples topped with a crunchy crumb topping. Apple crisp is best served warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel!
Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole is the perfect breakfast for fall weekends, overnight guests, or holiday brunch. It can be prepared the night before!