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Mom’s Fried Apples

Mom often made these fried apples for me while I was growing up. The recipe is very dear to me. —Margie Tappe, Prague, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 medium unpeeled tart red apples, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • Melt butter in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet. Add apples and 1/2 cup sugar; stir to mix well. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring frequently.
  • Add cinnamon and remaining sugar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat 5-10 minutes longer. If desired, serve with ice cream.

Fried Apple Tips

What's the best apple for cooking?

We think Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Empire, Braeburn and Cortland apples are some of the best apples for cooking. They're hard to beat because they are firm and tend to hold their shape when cooked. Plus, they're easy to find in most grocery stores.

Can you freeze fried apples?

Yes, you can freeze fried apples! After preparing the fried apples, let cool them completely, then place in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 to 6 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator and warm in a saucepan over medium heat.

How do you store apples for the winter?

First, select sturdier apples with thick skins. Store in a cool, dry place, like your fridge crisper drawer or even in a sheltered outdoor area like a garage or shed. Learn more about storing apples during winter.

What else can I do with a bunch of apples?

Taste of Home offers a plethora of ideas for baking and cooking with apples! For inspiration, check out our apple recipes page, top 10 apple dessert recipes and best apple recipes from every state.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 235 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.


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  • jlkarp
    Dec 23, 2020

    Try adding a little vanilla....yum.

  • Veronica
    Sep 21, 2020

    I made the apples and of course the flavor was delicious. Butter and sugar. How can you go wrong. The problem was it said medium heat, cover 20 min and then cook more uncovered. That was way too long. Once the apples cooled they turned to mush. I like texture and shape to the apples. 5 to 10 min uncovered is enough cooking time if you like some texture. The apples keep getting softer and sorter even after you turn of the heat. Also I added 1/2 cup sugar and that was way too much. I cannot eat things that just taste like pure sugar so I had to add more apples to balance all that extra sugar. 1/4 cup sugar would have been fine to begin with.

  • Gayla
    Jul 8, 2020

    I also grew up with fried apples....and yes, I am from Oklahoma...Dewar....down the road from Prague. Now, I add some dried fruit. It doesn't matter if they cook down, it just makes some very chunky apple sauce!!!

  • Toni
    May 20, 2020

    my mother always made these. I do now and then. We eat them with pork chops.

  • Robin
    Feb 22, 2020

    I’ve made a version of this for years. Def leave the peel on! And I bake it rather than fry. Much easier.

  • bonniekenk
    Nov 16, 2019

    This is a great recipe. Had to cook the apples a lot longer than called for though. Hubby's birthday is in 2 days and I asked what desert he would like and he picked this one. We put vanilla yogurt and vanilla almond granola over the apples which is fabulous!

  • Grits215
    Oct 6, 2019

    We have loved this way of cooking apples for years! Don’t hesitate to use any tart apple! When we make it for breakfast we use half bacon grease. We do reduce the sugar a little and sometimes use brown sugar. Soo good!!

  • Jacqueline
    Sep 24, 2019

    I thank whomevers mom made this! It was fabulous. I made apple crisp with the leftovers! My only question is, how do I can this?

  • Stacy
    Aug 23, 2019

    So easy and so good. Complements any meal as a side dish orna dessert. Makes me almost ready for fall.

  • Wik
    Jul 21, 2019

    I have literally made it today and it tastes incredible! It reminds me of the apples in an apple crumble, sweet but not too sweet! Enjoyed it very much, and it was such an easy make!