Breakfast/ Desserts

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.
Fall Mountain Apples

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.
Ingredients
  • 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.

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

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.

How to make Southern Skillet Apples

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

Serve warm.

Southern Skillet Fried Apples

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Ingredients

  • 4 tbs Butter (half a stick) 1 tsp Cinnamon (heaping) 4 Apples
  • 1/4 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon (heaping)
  • 4 Apples (Peeled, Cored & Sliced)

Instructions

1

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.

2

When hot, add the butter and allow to melt.

3

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!

4

Add in the apples. Stir to combine everything together.

5

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

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacey
    September 9, 2017 at 4:34 am

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

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    Nancy Robinson
    September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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

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    cookspencer
    September 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Please set up your recipes so they can be printed

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      Julia
      September 10, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      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.

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    Miz Helen
    September 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    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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      Julia
      September 17, 2017 at 3:19 am

      They are just so good!

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    Jennifer Dawn
    October 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    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

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      Julia's Simply Southern
      October 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      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.

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    Mary Westover
    October 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm

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

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    Carol Rydell
    October 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm

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

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      Julia
      October 2, 2017 at 9:59 pm

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

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    Maribeth Alexander
    October 3, 2017 at 10:42 pm

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

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      Julia
      October 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you. I hope y'all enjoy it.

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    Joanne Schweitzer
    October 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Looks delicious!

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    Odell Jackson
    October 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    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!

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      Julia
      October 8, 2017 at 11:19 pm

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

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    Nichole
    January 28, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I follow a mostly Paleo style diet, and just made a modified version of this to satisfy a sweet tooth. I used ghee instead of butter, left out the sugar and used a generous spoonful of molasses instead, and threw in some chopped pecans towards the end. Not quite the fried apples of my youth, but totally satisfied my sweet tooth – SO delicious!

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      Julia Jordan
      January 29, 2018 at 7:30 am

      I love using molasses in recipes. Your version sounds delicious.

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