How to Make Sauteed Apples (and what to do with them!)

By Kiersten | Last Updated: January 2, 2014

How to Saute Apples

How To Saute Apples
I’m not a big fan of the gloppy syrup that often comes with cooked apples. It’s too sweet for me and it kind of has a glue-like consistency. Yuck! Many sauteed apple recipes are very saucy and syrupy, so when I make them myself, I prefer a very dry sauteed apple (which also means they have less calories, sugar, and fat). So if you want to make sauteed apples with lots of syrup, I’m sorry to say, you’re going to need to look elsewhere!

Here’s how to make sauteed apples my way. You’ll need a few things…

Sauteed Apple Ingredients

  • Apples! I like using Braeburn or Fuji. You don’t want to use something that’s going to get all mushy on you. If you’re serving the apples alone as a side dish, one apple serves about two people; as a topping one apple is about four servings.
  • Butter! Use 1/2 tablespoon of butter for every apple you’re sautéing.
  • Cinnamon! I’m a cinnamon lover, so I go heavy on it and use 1/4 teaspoon for each apple. You can use less, omit it altogether, or try something else (apple pie spice perhaps?).
  • Maple Syrup! I like to steal an apple from the skillet about halfway through the cooking time and taste it to see how much syrup I want to add. Typically, I add between 1/2 to 1 tablespoon per apple. If maple syrup isn’t your thing, use brown sugar or honey.

Now you can get started. Heat the butter over medium heat until it’s melted.

Butter Melting in Pan
Add the apple and cinnamon and saute for 10 minutes, or until softened, stirring frequently.

Apples and Cinnamon in the Skillet
Stir in the maple syrup and continue to cook until it evaporates. Remove from heat and serve.

Sauteed Apples with Maple Syrup
The obvious way to use sauteed apples is to eat them the way they are. Serve them as a side dish, a light dessert, or a snack.

Sauteed Apples in Bowl
I like to put them on sandwiches. Is that crazy? No, it’s not, it’s delicious! Here’s one I made with a cinnamon raisin English muffin and aged cheddar.

Sauteed Apple Sandwich
You can use them as a topping. I put them on oatmeal, but they’d be great on vanilla ice cream too.

Sauteed Apples on Oatmeal
And as long as you’re topping things with them, what about waffles or pancakes?

Sauteed Apples on Waffle
Do you make sauteed apples? What’s your favorite way to use them?

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HA! Me too! This is why I never buy apple pies and pastries from grocery stores because some of them use the canned pie filling–or at least, it tastes like it. Why don’t they just let apples taste like apples?!

I’ve never even thought to saute apples like this! Yummy! Your sandwich looks perfect for lunch. I just love apples and cheese. Well, lets be honest, I love cheese with just about anything!

Sometimes when I don’t have bread, I just put the apples right on the cheese. In Wisconsin, there was this cheese store that served samples like that sometimes & it’s messy but SO GOOD! They also served aged cheddar with mango chutney (yes, the Indian kind!) and that was a good combination too.

Sometimes I swear we’re cooking in the same kitchen. Your recipes seem to always speak my language!

These are my kiddos very favorite dish. By. Far.

And I love apple in grilled cheese… never thought about doing sauteed apples, but bet it’s super yum!

Looks phenomenal! And great pics too, can almost taste the mapley, cinnamoney, goodness. I make something similar and always throw in walnuts or pecans. I’ve never thought to try it on an english muffin with cheddar, gotta give it a go now!

Was looking for a side dish to go with whole wheat sweet potato pierogi sauteed with raisins, sage and walnuts, and this looks perfect. Thanks!

If you’re stirring them frequently, they shouldn’t burn; if you see that they’re starting to brown, I’d remove them from the heat. Different stoves cook differently so while it takes about 10 minutes on my stove, it could take less time on yours.

Great flavor however you didn’t indicate how to cut the apples. Should they be sliced thin? How thin? Mine were on the chunky side and I wonder if I did it right.

Made these for Christmas dinner as a side to ham. Fantastic! I did sub about 1/3 of the butter with coconut oil and they were a hit. Thank you for the recipe!

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