Mom’s Fried Apples
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 6 medium unpeeled tart red apples, sliced
- 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Vanilla ice cream, optional
- Melt butter in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet. Add apples and 1/2 cup sugar; stir to mix well. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring frequently.
- Add cinnamon and remaining sugar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat 5-10 minutes longer. If desired, serve with ice cream.
Fried Apple Tips
What's the best apple for cooking?We think Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Empire, Braeburn and Cortland apples are some of the best apples for cooking. They're hard to beat because they are firm and tend to hold their shape when cooked. Plus, they're easy to find in most grocery stores.
Can you freeze fried apples?Yes, you can freeze fried apples! After preparing the fried apples, let cool them completely, then place in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 to 6 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator and warm in a saucepan over medium heat.
How do you store apples for the winter?First, select sturdier apples with thick skins. Store in a cool, dry place, like your fridge crisper drawer or even in a sheltered outdoor area like a garage or shed. Learn more about storing apples during winter.
What else can I do with a bunch of apples?Taste of Home offers a plethora of ideas for baking and cooking with apples! For inspiration, check out our apple recipes page, top 10 apple dessert recipes and best apple recipes from every state.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 235 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.
Jul 8, 2020
I also grew up with fried apples....and yes, I am from Oklahoma...Dewar....down the road from Prague. Now, I add some dried fruit. It doesn't matter if they cook down, it just makes some very chunky apple sauce!!!
May 20, 2020
my mother always made these. I do now and then. We eat them with pork chops.
Feb 22, 2020
I’ve made a version of this for years. Def leave the peel on! And I bake it rather than fry. Much easier.
Nov 16, 2019
This is a great recipe. Had to cook the apples a lot longer than called for though. Hubby's birthday is in 2 days and I asked what desert he would like and he picked this one. We put vanilla yogurt and vanilla almond granola over the apples which is fabulous!
Oct 6, 2019
We have loved this way of cooking apples for years! Don’t hesitate to use any tart apple! When we make it for breakfast we use half bacon grease. We do reduce the sugar a little and sometimes use brown sugar. Soo good!!
Sep 24, 2019
I thank whomevers mom made this! It was fabulous. I made apple crisp with the leftovers! My only question is, how do I can this?
Aug 23, 2019
So easy and so good. Complements any meal as a side dish orna dessert. Makes me almost ready for fall.
Jul 21, 2019
I have literally made it today and it tastes incredible! It reminds me of the apples in an apple crumble, sweet but not too sweet! Enjoyed it very much, and it was such an easy make!
Feb 21, 2019
Very nice. Not too sweet but sweet enough to enjoy it. Easy to make and I’m very happy of this recipe. Well done
May 13, 2017
Terrific basic recipe. Don't be afraid to toss in dried cranberries, diced dried prunes and dried pineapple. I did. Reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup but could have omitted it entirely with the added fruits. Still it wasn't too sweet and had amazing taste and texture.