Southern fried apples are a well-known dish in the south. If ya’ll have never eaten or heard of southern fried apples you are missing out. But that’s ok! I’m going to tell you how quick and easy it is to whip up and add to any meal.Jump to Recipe
History of Fried Apples
I love learning new things and I was intrigued to find out how old this type of recipe was. So fried apples were considered a breakfast treat back in the Depression days before WWII. When they didn’t have other fruits readily available to them, they made do with what they had. I try in our kitchen not to be wasteful. Part of being a good homemaker, to me is being resourceful and I feel like this is a recipe that came up when the times were tough and there wasn’t a lot of variety available to those who lived back then.
I sure am glad someone thought of this recipe. It’s a good, sweet treat to add or jazz up any meal. I recently posted a favorite recipe (Smothered Porkchops) that these southern fried apples pair heavenly with if you are looking for something to cook with them.
Simplicity of Fried Apples
I preach about making your life more simple and how freeing that can be. I mean in every aspect of my life I am looking to make things more simple, especially in the kitchen. But that doesn’t mean sacrificing having good food to eat. One of my joys in life is knowing that I provide for my family by putting a lot of love into my meals and this (even though simple) recipe is no exception.
Yes, this recipe is short but it’s sure to be loved by all in your house or whoever you may be serving. I didn’t even mention the heavenly aroma it puts out when cooking. Holy moly! Your house will smell like a Autumn candle. The sugar, cinnamon and apples all together cooking in butter. I never said this was a healthy recipe but I believe in the 80/20 rule, ok. 😉
What You’ll Need
- Pan or skillet (I love my cast iron) this is a good set
- Wooden spoon (I have a set similar to this)
- Apple cutter (optional)
- Honeycrisp Apples (our favorite to use) if you like more of a bit and less sweet go with a green apple like Granny Smith
- Cane Sugar
Making Southern Fried Apples
Start by heating the pan to about medium heat and go ahead and start peeling your apples. Now, the number of apples just depends on how many people you’re going to feed so keep that in mind. We feed a family of four normally, so I’ll cook about one apple per person.
*Note: these apples will cook down in size so consider that if you are planning on feeding a crowd.
When your pan is heated, add in the butter and let it melt. While the butter is melting, slice your apples. The thickness is dependent on you. I don’t like them too thick on the count they have to cook longer.
Now that you have your apples peeled and sliced, you’re ready to add them to the butter in the pan. Stir them around to coat them in the butter. Add in the cane sugar and cinnamon and gently stir until the sugar has melted and the apples are coated.
Keep an eye on the heat. You don’t want the heat so high that your sugar burns. A medium low heat is fine or even low and let them simmer while you’re cooking the rest of your meal.
When the apples have caramelized and are soft you’ll know they are ready to serve.
Ideas On How to Serve Fried Apples
There are many ways you can serve this dish. Certainly one way is to eat them on their own but I love adding them to things.
On top of Smothered Porkchops
In oatmeal for breakfast
With biscuits or on top of biscuits
On top of homemade ice cream (YUM!)
These fired apples are very versatile and is sure to be a crowd pleaser to anyone who loves something savory and sweet with their meals. I hope you all enjoy this as much as my family and I have.
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Southern Fried Apples
- 1 skillet
- 1 wooden spoon
- Measuring Cups
- measuring spoons
- apple slicer optional
- peeler optional
- 4-5 Honeycrisp apples peeled and cut into slices
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 stick butter
- Heat skillet to medium and add in butter to melt
- peel and slice apples (do this before hand to save some time)
- Add apples to the melted butter
- Add in sugar and cinnamon
- Stir gently being sure to coat the apples well in sugar mixture
- Turn heat down to keep from burning but not so low that the apples won't cook
- Stir frequently and keeping an eye in sugar
- When apples are soft and cooked through serve over favorite meal warm or eat alone