Made with just three ingredients (and no added sugar!), these simple Sauteed Apples pair perfectly with oatmeal, pancakes, and yogurt, as well as savory mains like pork and chicken. We also love to make them ahead for snacking on their own!

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Sauteed Apples

Whenever we have apples lingering in our fridge, I always turn them into these delicious soft apples. They are soft, yet not falling apart, and they are pleasantly sweet and cinnamon-y without any added sugar. They’re great on their own and served with all sorts of foods.

And they are much more interesting and special than eating a plain apple after you’ve had your fill a few days in a row!

These are easy for toddlers and older babies to chew, so no worries about the risk of choking that comes with raw apples. In fact, these are one of our favorite finger foods for babies.

These apples are cooked in a little butter or other neutral oil, so they are made with minimal ingredients. I’ve made them with both butter and coconut oil and we love them both ways.

TIP: You can serve these warm or cold, according to your preference.

ingredients in sauteed applesIngredients You Need

All you need to make this easy side dish or snack is apples, butter or neutral oil, and cinnamon. They are totally sweet enough without adding any extra sugar!

Which apples are best in this recipe?

You can use any type of apple you have or like, though generally tart cooking apples (like Granny Smith or Pink Lady) soften nicely without falling apart too quickly. These are also a little easier to digest than raw apples, which might be helpful to know if your kiddo (or you yourself) have issues with whole apples.

TIP: Any apple will work in this recipe, but if you use an apple that’s softer fresh (like Gala), they will cook a little faster. Just keep an eye on the timing if you go with an apple that’s not traditionally used for cooking a pie.

how to make sauteed apples step by step

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the simple process involved in making these easy apples. Scroll down to the full recipe at the bottom of this post for all of the info.

  1. Warm the butter or oil in a skillet.
  2. Add the apples. Stir to coat and cook until soft when poked with a fork.
  3. Stir in the cinnamon and serve warm. (Or store and serve cold.)

TIP: This recipe scales up and down well, so simply adjust the amount of ingredients as needed.

How long do these last in the fridge?

If stored in an airtight container, you can keep these apples in the fridge for 3-5 days. Serve them slightly warmed or cold, depending on your preference.

What are these Sauteed Apples good with?

For sweet options, try these over plain yogurt, oatmeal, or as a topping for pancakes. For savory, they’re a nice dinner side with chicken, roast pork, or other roasted meats. And they also work well as a simple snack with crackers and cheese or even just a cup of milk.

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Best Tips for Success

  • Use butter or coconut oil, according to your preference.
  • Use any type of apple you prefer, though harder cooking apples do work well here.
  • If you use an apple that’s softer when eaten fresh (like Gala), they may cook a little faster.
  • Double the recipe if desired to make more.
  • Serve warm or cold plain or over yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, chicken, pork, or another favorite meal.
  • Portion out into snack containers to have grab-and-go snack options ready and waiting in the fridge.
  • You may also like Sliced Baked Apples, Stewed Peaches, Favorite Early Finger Foods, and Apple Puree.

I’d love to hear if you make this recipe, so please leave a comment below with your feedback!

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Simple Sauteed Apples with Cinnamon

You can use any type of apple you have or like, though generally tart cooking apples (like Granny Smith or Pink Lady) soften nicely without falling apart too quickly.
4.95 from 19 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine American
Course side
Calories 73kcal
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or coconut oil)
  • 2-3 medium apples (cored and chopped; about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Warm the butter or oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • When melted, add the apples. Stir to coat and cook for 10 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork.
  • Stir in the cinnamon and serve warm.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve cold or warm slightly.
  • Use butter or coconut oil, according to your preference.
  • Use any type of apple you prefer, though harder cooking apples do work well here.
  • If you use an apple that's softer when eaten fresh (like Gala), they may cook a little faster.
  • Double the recipe if desired to make more.
  • Serve warm or cold plain or over yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, chicken, pork, or another favorite meal.
  • Portion out into snack containers to have grab-and-go snack options ready and waiting in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 73kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 99mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 137IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. Have you ever frozen them to use for later? How does the consistency compare to your boiled apple recipe. Will they be as soft? Thanks!

    1. Hi- These are a little firmer than the stewed apples, but you can simply cook them a little more to make them very soft. And they freeze really well!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Amy,
    Just wondering if it’s okay to peel the skin off the apples prior to chopping + cooking. Thinking of having these with your oat pancakes for Saturday morning and if we have left over sautéed apples, I will make some warm custard Saturday night to pour over the apples (which I’ll warm up too) for dessert before our weekly Family Games Board Night. I have two family members who prefer the skin off, three who are happy either way. By the way, we tried your banana and oat pancakes – delicious. A recipe that will be on rotation for sure, especially as we made the candied bananas to add to it with maple syrup of course. Husband insisted on adding ice cream to his the minute the kids raced outside to play hide n seek
    ThankYou. 🇦🇺

    1. Hi- yes, you can peel them if you prefer, it works either way. And I’m glad to hear that about the pancakes!

  3. 5 stars
    Hello,
    I’m Jackson, I’m a chef who loves food, I’m always interested in new foods. Sauteed Apples is great! I just finished them tonight, taste is great and i had a great dinner with my little family. Thanks for your sharing.
    Sincerely grateful!

  4. 5 stars
    it’s so great, it’s hard to describe it in a few words, it’s great! This dish used in winter is really good for health, both adults and children can use it

  5. 5 stars
    This is great! It seems so obvious but of course I’ve never thought to do that before. I’m part of a winter fruit CSA which is just apples right now. This will be perfect for us!

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