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Fried apples in a skillet and a spoon holding a spoonful of fried apple slices above the skillet with 3 golden apples with a glass of milk and blue napkin in the background.

Skillet Fried Apples Recipe

Skillet Fried Apples are pan-fried in a sweet and sticky cinnamon sugar sauce that can be served as dessert with ice cream or as a side with pork chops or chicken.
Course Dessert, Side Dishes
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Cinnamon Fried Apples, fried apples, Skillet Fried Apples
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 248kcal



  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir constantly until the butter and sugars are melted.
  • Add the apples and coat them in the mixture. Place a lid on the pan and bring it to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until tender-crisp. Gently stir every few minutes to not break up the apples.
  • In a bowl mix together the apple juice and the cornstarch. Slowly stream this into the simmering apples, stirring constantly. Cook for one minute until thickened and serve immediately.



Peel or No Peel. If you don’t want to peel the apples, you can still make them with the peel on. However, Cracker Barrel peels their apples, so we do it for this recipe. This recipe is spot on!
Sugar. If you want the apples to taste like Cracker Barrel fried apples, then I recommend using light brown sugar. However, if you prefer a little more flavor depth, use dark brown sugar. If you really want more depth of flavor, then just use all dark brown sugar instead of 1/2 granulated and 1/2 brown sugar.
Cinnamon. You can adjust the amount of cinnamon to your taste. You can add up to a tablespoon of cinnamon. Another option is to add other apple pie spices, such as ground nutmeg, ground clove, and ground allspice, or just use apple pie spice.
Storage.  Place the fried apples in a freezer-safe, airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or store in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.4mg