Cast Iron Fried Apples

A delicious recipe perfect for fall and apple picking season. These fried apples are just what you need and all of what you want.

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I may not be from the south technically speaking. And while I’m a northerner transplanted in the south, the south was in me before I ever touched down in it.

When my hubs and I got together one of the first things he brought home from his grandmother's house for me to try was fried apples.

Grandma is that never outta flour, cast iron skillet, scratch making type. You’d be hard pressed to ever eat anything at Grandma’s that wasn’t totally homemade.

He then tried making them for me one day, and even he said, “they ain’t Grandma’s but here you go…”

Y’all know breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. And when I took on the challenge to learn how to make sweet potato biscuits, I decided to have a go at the fried apples to go with em .

My hubby came home from a weekend spent in Virginia with family raving about his aunties sweet potatoes biscuits. I love his aunt, but I wasn’t just gone let my hubby talk (practically gush) over another woman's cooking, in my kitchen. No, ma’am.

It took a couple tries to get my fried apple recipe just right but I got it. And it’s only right that I share. Cause really everyone should know how to make perfectly fried apples.

I’m a northerner, but I GETS DOWN in my southern kitchen with the best of em.

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My hubby loves them made with Granny Smith apples. I love them with red delicious. So for the sake of compromise I typically make them with both.  You choose what you like though.  They will still be good.

I don't know that there is a thing that these won't taste good paired with.  You could just make them and eat them alone, or with ice cream for dessert. Oh the ways to enjoy them!

A Couple Tips Worth Noting About Making Fried Apples

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No need to burn candles when you make these. When frying apples your home will smell so good visitors would swear you had a candle burning anyway.

The secret to the recipe is simplicity. It really is the recipe poster child for less is more. Don’t go trying to be all extra. This is a good time to be basic.

I use a potato peeler like this one for perfectly peeling the apples. And I use an apple slicer like this one to get perfectly even slices and remove the core.
fried apples

I make my fried apples in a cast iron skillet.  You can use a regular non-stick skillet as well, but something just tastes better in a cast iron skillet if you have one.

Lastly, don't overcook them. Otherwise, you end up with mushy fried apples. Which I’ll admit still tastes good but probably isn’t what you want. And isn’t as pretty for presentation (that’s the blogger in me).

Here’s how to make the perfect fried apples like a southerner even if you’re not one.

Fried Apples

Fried Apples

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Deliciously fried apples that taste amazing for dinner or dessert


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 - 5 lb bag of apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Clean apples
  2. Peel apples
  3. Slice apples and remove apple cores
  4. Melt stick of butter in skillet (preferably cast iron)
  5. Add in sugar and brown sugar
  6. Stir melted butter and sugars together and let simmer one minute
  7. Add in apples and stir to coat apples in mixture
  8. Add cinnamon, lemon extract and vanilla extract
  9. Cover and let simmer, stirring occasionally
  10. Let apples cook until soft and remove from heat
  11. Serve and Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412

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