How To Make Fried Apples

Craving something sweet? Check out this delicious and easy recipe for fried apples – perfect as a snack or dessert!

A fried apple a day may or may not keep the doctor away, but it is still a source of fiber and vitamin c.

One of the many marvels of Southern cuisine is the region’s ability to take even the healthiest foods and turn it into a high calorie, sugar-laden dish. As the name suggests, in the South, we’ll fry anything – even apples.

Southern fried apples might not keep the doctor away, but they will stave off intense dessert cravings.

This delicious fruit dish is very easy to prepare and can be served in a variety of ways.

Southern Fried Apples


 4 large Red Delicious apples
 2 tablespoons lemon juice
 2 tablespoons of butter
 3 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
 Dash of salt


  1. Core, but do not peel apples. Slice into ½ inch wedges.
  2. Heat butter in a medium skillet.
  3. Fit the apple slices to cover bottom of skillet evenly.
  4. Mix the sugar, cinnamon and salt and cover apples with half the mixture.
  5. Cook slowly for 5 minutes.
  6. Cover with remaining sugar mixture and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, frequently turning apples with spatula.
  7. Cook apples until they are soft, but not mushy.
  8. Serve warm. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen.

For a richer, creamier dish, add 1 cup of apple juice. Use cornstarch to thicken the mixture if necessary. Apple pie spice can also be substituted for cinnamon and sugar.

If you prefer a more spicy dish, add a pinch of ground cloves and/or a pinch of ground allspice.

Which apples varieties are better for frying? It’s truly up to personal preference. For some, Granny Smith apples are optimal, whereas other people enjoy using red apples. It all depends on taste. Leaving the skin on is also optional (though apple skins are known to provide more nutrients).

Fried apples can be served warm with breakfast, as side dish (specifically with roasted pork or ham), or for dessert (served warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream on top).

Left over apples can be used to prepare apple fritters or turnovers.

For easy to make apple fritters, lightly roll out some canned biscuit dough, fill with a dollop of left over fried apples, fold the pastry over and crimp with a fork. Fry the fritters in cooking oil, then drain on paper towels. Drizzle with pre-made icing or sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar and serve warm.