Fried Apples

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 Indulge in the irresistible taste of golden, caramelized fried apples—a sweet and comforting dessert that will leave you craving more. I always thought of fried apples as a regional dish. A specialty dish that us Kentuckians ate to accompany our typical weekend breakfast fare of biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, eggs and sausage.  Imagine my surprise when I first saw it on Cracker Barrel’s menu! Oh sweet joy to my mouth!!  I ordered it and greatly anticipated the warm gooey fruit concoction that I grew up eating. Sadly it was a disappointment to my taste buds. So I did what any respectable girl would do and shoved them down my throat and made a mental note to boycott Cracker Barrel in the future. Waste not want not 🙂

sliced apples fried in a cast iron dutch oven
fried apples cooked in a cast iron dutch oven

I didn’t enjoy them again until I started fixing them for my own kids.  This has always been one of LittleChef2’s favorite foods!  He’s not a big sweet eater, but boy can he put these away! I had fried apples growing up at my house frequently, but I didn’t care that much for them. My Mom had 2 seasonings in her kitchen, salt and pepper, beyond pulling out sage for dressing, nothing else was ever there! So cinnamon wasn’t a frequent visitor there and here I put cinnamon in just about every thing I can think of!

If you have a surplus of apples and need some ideas on what to do with them, Frugal Nook has some great ideas!

sliced apples cooked in butter in a cast iron skilled
Southern fried apples
sliced apples fried in a cast iron dutch oven

Fried Apples

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  • 5 or 6 apples (whichever kind you have on hand I use any, red or green; peeled,quartered
  • -6 Tbls butter or you can use the whole stick!
  • -1 cup sugar more or less, depending on the sweetness/sourness of your apples
  • -1 tsp cinnamon please don’t leave out!


  • Melt butter and add cinnamon in skillet.
  • Add your apples.
  • Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir and then add white sugar, cover and cook another 10 minutes. Depending on how soft you like your apples and how thick you sliced them.
  • Stir occasionally.
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    1. LOL! I never thought of that before! I guess they called them fried because they are cooked on the stovetop like fried potatoes? Not sure.

    2. Hi, Shirley! I’m not sure really, everyone I know that “cooks” anything in a skillet on the stovetop calls it fried, so I’m assuming it just stuck with this dish too.

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