BROWN SUGAR Fried Apples
- 5 large Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- ½ cup salted butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch or all purpose flour
- dash nutmeg optional
- Peel, core, and slice the apples. Place the sliced apples into a medium bowl. Drizzle the lemon juice over the apple slices and toss lightly to coat.
- Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet or other large skillet over medium high heat.
- When the butter is melted, add the apple slices to the pan. Saute until the apples begin to soften, about 5-8 minutes. You’ll notice a slight change in color from crisp white/green to a creamy white/yellow. If you're pressed for time, cover the skillet with a lid.
- Stir the sugar and cinnamon into the apple mixture. Add a dash of nutmeg if desired. Continue cooking until the sugar dissolves into the butter and forms a sauce. Removing the lid from the skillet will help thicken the sauce. (if you've opted to cover the pan with a lid.)
- Stir together the cornstarch with 3 TBSP cold water. Pour over the apples and stir to coat apples, cooking over low until the sauce thickens. If you would like more sauce, stir in ¼-½ cup of water and continue cooking to thicken the additional sauce.
HOW Long Until Fried Apples Soften?
The time it takes to fry the apples will vary depending on how large the apple slices are and what variety of apples you’re using. Generally they’ll be done in 10-15 minutes. Using a lid does quicken the process a bit, especially if you’re cooking a large batch of apples. I’ve found Honeycrisp apples take the longest to cook. Cutting apples smaller does help. Traditional apple cutters cut apples into 8 thick wedges. I prefer this 16-slice apple cutter personally.
What Pan is Best for Fried Apples?
I like to use a cast iron skillet to make fried apples on the stove. It retains heat well which means the apples cook evenly. A regular black cast iron skillet will sear the apples more, resulting in darker brown edges that have a wonderful rich, buttery taste. Enameled cast iron pans heat more evenly and will not leave brown edges. I like both! The pan I use just depends on how large a batch I’m doing. You can also use stainless steel or a ceramic large skillet. Just make sure the pan has a lid as it does make the process faster.
You can fry apples in butter and not add anything else, but I love adding spices like cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. The flavors blend well together and taste so good! Using apple pie spice is also a good option. I also like the sweet syrup the spices create. Drizzle it on top of the apples just before serving to add a lovely flavor. Feel free to adjust the amount of spices as you’d like, but don’t go overboard so that the delicious flavor from the luscious apples shines through!
How to Use Fried Apples
Skillet fried cinnamon apples can also be used in a variety of ways. They’re the perfect filling for traditional apple pie or hand pies. You can cook them further to yield fresh apple sauce. You can use them as topping at breakfast on pancakes, waffles or oatmeal. Serve them alongside a buttery pound cake drizzled with a sticky caramel sauce. They’re an amazing dessert served over vanilla bean ice cream or warm homemade custard. They’re also a great side dish!
More easy recipes with apples:
- SNICKERDOODLE APPLE PIE
- APPLE BANANA BREAD
- PUFF PASTRY APPLE TURNOVERS
- APPLE CINNAMON MONKEY BREAD
- BEST SNICKERDOODLE APPLE COBBLER
- APPLE DUMP CAKE
- MINI APPLE PIES
- CARAMEL APPLE POKE CAKE
- APPLE PIE BARS
- CARAMEL APPLE BREAD
BROWN SUGAR Fried Apples made easy with crisp, fresh apples, butter, cinnamon & brown sugar! Favorite sweet southern fried apples served alongside dinner or with dessert. Perfect with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.