fried apple crisp with ice cream on a plate

Fried Apple Crisp

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Tart apples, yummy granola, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon is a match made in heaven.  Fried Apple Crisp will make your house smell like an apple orchard for hours! 




  • 4 large unpeeled honey crisp apples, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (or more if you like strong spices)
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 pats of butter
  • 1 cup water 


  • 2 cups oat granola (low sugar or honey)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened



  1. Slice apples and place in a 12 inch cast iron skillet.
  2. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla, then mix well.
  3. Add 6 pats of butter and fry apples over medium heat for 30 minutes until soft.
  4. Stir apples frequently during cooking. Reduce heat if necessary to avoid burning.
  5. After frying, add 1 cup of water and mix well.
  6. Allow apples to simmer while making topping.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine granola, chopped pecans, cinnamon, brown sugar and flour in a large bowl.
  3. Add softened butter and mix together with hands until crumbly.
  4. Sprinkle topping over apples in skillet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until golden brown and crunchy.


A pat of butter is the same as a small slice off the stick.

If you can’t find honey crisp apples, feel free to substitute with another tart apple like granny smith.

Any oat granola will work, but I used one without excess sugar added.  If yours has a lot of sugar in it, try omitting the brown sugar in the topping.  Taste it ahead of time to check.

  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple crisp, fried apples, fried apple crisp, skillet, cinnamon, brown sugar, granola

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