Quick and Easy Desserts – Skillet Fried Apples Recipe (NO Sugar)

Looking for quick and easy desserts? This skillet-fried cooked apples recipe will be sure to hit the spot. Grain-free and with no added sugar, a friend of mine described these as, “apple pie without the pie.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made these apples, never using measurements or worrying about an exact outcome. They’re always delicious, and they make their own ooey gooey sauce, without any added sugar. That’s the miracle of caramelization!

Super Simple Skillet fried Apples Recipe - quick and easy desserts

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Quick and Easy Skillet-Fried Apples (NO Sugar)
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert, Side
Cuisine: American
 
Super-simple Skillet Apples with no added sugar, in an ooey gooey sauce made through the miracle of caramelization.
Ingredients
  • Lots of apples (7 pictured here)
  • Butter (don't be afraid)
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin pie seasoning mix (or other spices you want to include)
  • Vanilla extract or Vanilla bean paste
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut your apples. Sometimes I do slices like this. Other times I cube them. It doesn't matter.
  2. Heat your skillet on high.
  3. Add your apples and top with butter. Don't touch for a couple of minutes. Wait for the apples to get a little bit crisp on the bottoms.
  4. Stir/flip the apples around, and let new parts get a little bit brown/crisp.
  5. Stir/flip again and turn the heat down to medium low. Now you're just going to let the caramelization happen.
  6. Add cinnamon and other spices at any time. I like to do it a few times while the apples cook, after stirring/flipping.
  7. Keep stirring/flipping every 5 minutes or so.
  8. When the buttery/caramelized-apple-juice-y sauce thickens and the apples are soft, you'll know your apples are finished.
  9. Splash in a little vanilla extract or add a dash of vanilla bean paste toward the end.
  10. Don't forget to let them cool a little before you dig in!
Notes
Note: You can leave the peels on if the apples are organic, but I don't love the texture when the apples shrink but the peels don't as much... so I'd leave them out even then, too.
 

how to make cooked apples recipeSo what do you think? Will you be making these soon? They’re great for topping pancakes or waffles, or as a side dish for pork or ribs. And of course they’re amazing on top of some vanilla ice cream.

Does it frustrate you when I write these recipes that don’t really have measurements or times? (Sometimes the “quick and easy” recipes just don’t need them!) Or does it inspire you to loosen up in the kitchen? 

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13 Comments

  1. Barbara
    Nov 22, 2014 @ 12:19:35

    I was looking for a dessert using apples for a friend who was coming for dinner but can’t have sugar and your carmelzed apples was perfect. I used 3 lg. Delicious apples and about 1/3 cup butter and although the finished apples look like your picture I don’t know if they carmelzed because the juice didn’t thicken up even though there was very little to none left. I cooked them for about an hour in all stirring every 5 minutesas you said. They taste great and I know she will enjoy them. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  2. Katie Harding
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 14:35:28

    YUM! These sound fantastic!

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Apr 03, 2014 @ 20:14:03

      Thanks Katie! Hope you try them and let me know how it goes. :)

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  3. anna
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 18:53:40

    I used to hate when my mom would tell me to “just put a little in”. What is a little? Now that I’m the mom and doing most of the cooking, I tend to just look at recipes that add or omit what I want. I also like to just guessimate how much, partly to be creative, partly cause I’m lazy and I don’t want to wash a bunch of cups and teaspoons. Some recipes I tend to stick to it and measure.. some I love to just guess. Sometimes you hit a jackpot, and sometimes you forget how much you used or what you used when it’s good. :)

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  4. Meagan B
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 14:09:40

    this looks AWESOME, i can’t wait to try it.

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  5. JILLIAN
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 14:19:06

    About how much butter would you say is “not afraid”. Butter lover here but I don’t want to ruin this.

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    • Emily Chapelle
      Nov 13, 2013 @ 21:11:09

      maybe half a stick for the 7 apples i did? i didn’t measure.

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  6. Mommy
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 07:18:17

    When I do this for a pork side, I don’t put in cinnamon, but add onions with the apples. A little bit of white wine, Pinot , splashed in instead of vanilla makes this really yummy.

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  7. Tracy
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 23:11:47

    LOVE these throw n go type recipes:)

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  8. Amber W
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 21:25:50

    Yummmmm

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