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Southern Skillet Fried Apples

Southern skillet fried apples is an easy, old fashioned soul food that’s often served at breakfast.  Butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg are cooked in a skillet with Granny Smith apples to create this mouthwatering treat—just like Grandma used to make.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time31 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat, fried apples, fried apples cracker barrel, southern fried apples
Servings: 3 ½ cups
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Emma


  • 3 large Granny Smith apples 1 ½ lbs
  • 1 large Fuji apple 5-6 oz
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • teaspoon kosher salt


  • Rinse the apples, then peel, quarter, and core them with a sharp knife.  Cut each apple into sixteen slices, then toss them with the lemon juice so they don't turn brown.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until bubbly.  Stir in the slices to coat with butter, and cook until the juices have thickened slightly and they are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and stir well.   Turn the heat down to medium and cook until the slices are fork tender.  Be careful not to overcook.
  • Taste and adjust the spices as desired, then serve immediately.


  • Tart baking apples, such as Granny Smith, are the best choice.  I used 1 Fuji in this recipe to add a different texture and flavor; however, this kind will turn mushy if it's overcooked.
  • Peel the fruit to improve the texture and to make them easier to eat.
  • Slice them the same thickness to ensure the fruit cooks evenly.
  • Measure the salt accurately.  Otherwise, there will be too much liquid, and it won't thicken properly.
  • Adjust the spices and sugar to taste.  You may need additional sugar, depending upon how tart your fruit is.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg