My favorite part of Cracker Barrel’s breakfast is the fried apples! These easy skillet sauteed apples can be made anytime! Serve as a simple side dish or top with with ice cream for dessert!
Easy Skillet Sauteed Apples
My favorite thing to eat at Cracker Barrel is the fried apples. They are meltingly delicious and magical. I don’t know why I never thought to make them at home.
It just so happened that I had a whole bag of granny smith apples in the fridge. I had bought them to make an apple crisp, but ended up making a pear crisp.
If you have about 30 minutes of time and a bag of apples, you can have one the most delicious and homey apple treats.
Ingredients to Make This Fried Apples Recipe
- Cinnamon – just the smell of cinnamon makes me happy. Who’s with me?
- Brown sugar – the brown sugar adds a little bit more of the molasses flavor, though you can use white sugar if that’s all you have.
- Butter – because butter makes everything better.
- Apples – I used granny smith because that’s what I had. They keep the fried apples from being overly sweet. Any tart red apple will work too.
Steps for Making Pan Fried Apples
Begin by washing the apples and coring them. Peel them and then thinly slice them. I like to slice them about 1/4 inch thick.
You can very the size of the slices a bit, then some of the apples cook up a little softer than others, giving it a nice texture.
Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. A cast iron skillet works perfectly.
Add the apples and stir so that they are coated in the butter. Cover and cooke the apples for 10 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
Uncover the skillet and add the cinnamon and sugar. Stir to combine.
Turn the heat up to medium high and cook for 10 more minutes.
Oh my gosh, these are so good, just like grandma’s southern fried apples!
Meltingly tender, sweet and cinnamony. These would make a great side dish or top with some vanilla ice cream they make a comforting dessert.
All the flavors of an apple pie, without all of the work. Such an easy recipe, ready in under 30 minutes!
More Apple Recipes
These Brie, Apple and Arugula Quesadillas make a great lunch or a light dinner.
Every fall (or when apples go on sale) I make batches of this Slow Cooker Applesauce and freeze it in serving size jars.
Pork chops and apples are classic combination and this easy Sheet Pan Pork Chops is a favorite!
You definitely have plenty to choose from with these 15 Apple Cocktails!
Easy Sauteed Apples
- 1 1/2 pounds apples peeled, cored and sliced
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add the apples and stir so that they are coated with the butter. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
- Uncover and stir in the cinnamon and brown sugar. Raise the heat to medium high and continue to cook for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally.