This recipe for sweet Southern Fried Apples is the epitome of sugar and spice and everything nice. They're so quick and simple to prepare that you're certain to make them over and over again.
Easy Southern Fried Apples Recipe
Fried apples are one of those dishes that can do double kitchen duty. They're a scrumptious option to serve along with baked ham, chicken and pork chops as the complementary side dish. Likewise, they can be served as a topping for a big bowl of vanilla ice cream for dessert, or hot buttered biscuits for breakfast and buttermilk pancakes for brunch. They're especially tasty when apples are in season, and the cool Autumn season arrives and apples are everywhere you look.. You may have had them at Cracker Barrel or a similar country cooking restaurant and now you can make them yourself at home.
How to Make the Best Southern Fried Apples Recipe
Are fried apples seasonal? They're especially tasty when apples are in season in the fall and the cool down that comes with the Autumn season. That said, they certainly aren't considered only a seasonal side dish. You can find them on the menu of country cooks year-round.
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Southern Fried Apples: Granny Smith apples, butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, lemon juice, salt ground cinnamon, apple pie spice and cornstarch mixed with cold water for thickening.
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: A deep saucepan or cast iron skillet, an apple peeler and corer, a sharp knife and chopping board, measuring cups and spoons, a large spoon for stirring and a small bowl, a fork or whisk to make the cornstarch slurry for thickening the sauce at the end of cooking the fried apples.
- I choose to use sliced apples for this recipe. You could also chop the apples but not too small or they'll just turn to mush. Think large apple cubes allowing for the fact that they will naturally shrink while cooking.
- You can make fried apples with any variety of apples that you have on hand. It's important to choose a firm apple that's somewhat tart like Granny Smith apples. Granny Smith, Gala or Braeburn apples would be my first choice for this recipe.
- Should you choose to make with a sweeter, softer apple such as golden delicious you will need to adjust the amount of sugar accordingly.
- Keep in mind that each variety of apple will perform differently. Some are naturally more juicy than others and some will need less cooking time.
- Regardless of the variety, you have the opportunity to thicken the sauce with cornstarch at the end of cooking to your liking. Start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in cold water then repeat from there, as needed until your desired thickness is reached. If you'd like a thicker coating, repeat. Likewise, If you want a thinner syrup, you may choose not to thicken at all.
- You can adjust the amount of cinnamon to your taste or use all cinnamon in place of the apple pie spice.
- Store leftover fried apples in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- Enjoy Southern fried apples cold over oatmeal or gently warmed in the microwave to serve as a side dish with any meal, spooned over pancakes and toast or with vanilla ice cream and cake for dessert.
More Southern Style Apple Recipes to Make
Whether it's the harvest season or summer pie baking time, apples are always available and everyone loves them. A few other recipes from my kitchen using apples that you may like to try:
- Start your morning with freshly baked Apple Muffins.
- Treat the family to Toffee Apple Pizza for dessert.
- Make delicious Cinnamon Apple Butter in your slow cooker.
- Lattice topped homemade Apple Pie will take you from summer holidays to fall baking.
- Apple Butter Pie is an oldie but goodie that's spicy and sweet.
- Apple Baked Oatmeal will start your morning right.
- Chocolate Apple Kabobs from Homemade Interest.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Southern Fried Apples
- 4 tablespoon salted butter
- 8 large Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced into wedges
- ¼-1/3 cup granulated sugar
- ¼-1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch plus additional as needed
- cold water
- In a heavy bottomed skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.
- Add apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, apple pie spice and salt. Mix well.
- Lower heat to low. Simmer allowing to bubble gently for 15-20 minutes.
- Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch in just enough cold water to dissolve. Increase heat, then stir into the apples, repeating until desired consistency is reached.
- Serve immediately as a side dish with pork or chicken. May also serve over pancakes, biscuits or pound cake.
- You can make fried apples with any variety of apples that you have on hand. It's best to choose a firm apple that's somewhat tart like Granny Smith, Gala or Braeburn apples.
- Should you choose to make fried apples using a sweeter softer variety of apples such as golden delicious adjust the amount of sugar accordingly.
- Keep in mind, that each variety of apple will perform differently. Some apples are naturally more juicy and some will need less cooking time, than others.
- Regardless of the variety, you have the opportunity to thicken the sauce with cornstarch at the end of cooking to your liking. Start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in cold water, then repeat until they're thickened to your liking. If you'd like the apples to have a thicker coating just repeat the cornstarch slurry. Likewise, If you want a thinner syrup, you may choose not to thicken at all.
- You can adjust the amount of cinnamon to your taste.
This looks so yummy! Wondering if it could be used as the base for an apple crisp? If so, what changes, if any would need to be made?
Thank you, I have an Apple Crisp recipe you may enjoy here.
This is a delicious recipe. Didn't have Apple pie spice so just sprinkled in some nutmeg with the cinnamon. Perfect.
Hi Becky, I'm so happy you loved them, thanks!
Can this recipe be used to make pie filling?
It could likely be adapted.
Those sure do look good!!! I know what I'm making this weekend!
Thanks, Billie, so good!