These simple Southern fried apples are so versatile as a side dish, dessert, topping, or a holiday spread. Sweet with a generous touch of cinnamon, these apples cook in just a few minutes!
Mmmm….don’t those Fried Apples look delicious?! Oh and they smell even better! I almost couldn’t take the pictures without taking a bite. They go by many diffferent names – fried apples, cinnamon apples, scalloped apples – but the taste is comfort food familiar. If you’ve never made these before, I encourage you to give them a try! So good – especially perfect during the fall and winter months! Yum!
My mom used to make these apples and I always loved the way they made the house smell. Although some variations can be on the almost sickly sweet side, this one is sweet without being over the top. Less sugar makes the apple and cinnamon flavors shine through. I like to use Granny Smith Apples for these. The tartness is a great compliment, but feel free to use any apple variety you prefer or whatever you have on hand. The recipe is really straight forward so there aren’t many notes, but you could also leave the peels on if you like a little bit of a different texture.
Ideas for Serving Cinnamon Apples
I did say these cinnamon apples were versatile right? While my favorite way to serve them is as a simple side dish, there are plenty of other ideas:
- Over Ice Cream as a sweet dessert
- baked in a pie shell (I use this same recipe for apple pie, just don’t cook the apples themselves)
- Apple Turnovers
- As a side dish – excellent with pork chops or a simple pork roast
- Breakfast topping for french toast or pancakes
- Over Oatmeal
- In Yogurt
Tools to Make These Southern Fried Apples Easy
This Simple Apple Corer – sturdy, saves you time, and keeps all of the apple goodness! I use it to serve the family fresh apple slices for snacks, onions, removing seeds from zucchini, and I even once used it to core a watermelon to install a drink tap at a party.
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These simple Southern fried apples are so versatile as a side dish, dessert, or topping. Sweet with a generous touch of cinnamon, these apples cook in just a few minutes!
- 12 Apples peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 cup butter unsalter or salted is fine
- 1 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
Stir in 1/2 cup of the sugar until it dissolves.
Add apples, cover and turn heat to low,. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the apples are your preferred softness. The amount of cooking time will depend on how thickly sliced the apples are.
Add cinnamon and the remaining sugar. Turn heat up to medium-high and stir occasionally for 10 minutes. This will caramelize the sauce.
If you prefer your apples less sweet, add the remaining sugar a bit at a time and taste test.
You can use whatever apple variety you like, but I generally use Granny Smith or Gala Apples.