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How To Sauté Apples

How To Sauté Apples

This sauteed apple recipe is super easy to make. Let’s get started on how to saute apples!

The cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract are the perfect touch to making this an amazing dish all to itself.

Imagine eating apple pie without the crust. 

Recently a friend brought us some apples and when I say some, I mean a crate of apples.

Red and green apples both, by the way.

This has inspired us to get creative with how to use all of these apples.

Of course, sauteed apples came to mind.

Sauteed apples are wonderful to eat on their own but they are amazing on top of waffles or ice cream.

No matter how you choose to serve them, you are gonna want to learn how to saute apples today.

Trust us! These are AHmazing.

We will saute whatever apples we have on hand.

I do feel that red apples are a bit sweeter sauteed than green apples.

Regardless, give it a try and consider mixing and matching the apples to get a delicious dish.

Tips on coring an apple

There are two methods that are most commonly used for coring an apple.

The one that we use most often is to actually cut around the core.

So we peel the apple first.

Then we cut the four sides around the core and then discard the core.

  • Peel the apple before you cut it. It is much easier to peel a whole apple.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to peel the apple. It is easier than using a knife and much safer as well.
  • When cutting an apple, place it on a sturdy cutting board.
  • Using a sharp chef’s knife will make cutting the apple much easier. With a sharp knife, you are going to cut instead of crush.

However, the other method is shown in the video tutorial below.

How long do sauteed apples last in the refrigerator?

Sauteed apples will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator if they are stored properly.

Store them in a shallow airtight container.

How to reheat sauteed apples

Yes, you can reheat sauteed apples.

The best way to reheat sauteed apples is on the stove in a nonstick skillet.

Steps to reheat apples:

  • Place a nonstick pan on medium heat.
  • Add two or three tablespoons of water to the pan.
  • Spoon the leftover sauteed apples into the pan.
  • Heat them for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • They should be soft and glistening and heated through when ready.

Can I prepare sauteed apples in advance?

Yes, you can prepare sauteed apples in advance and then reheat them at the time of serving.

We recommend that you reheat them in an oven at 400 F. 

However, what we recommend is that you prepare the apples for sauteeing in advance by washing them, peeling them, core them, and slicing them.

Then sprinkle them with lemon juice and place them in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

When you are ready to saute, pull them out, and saute them. Then you can serve them fresh. 

Supplies to gather



  • Large Apples
  • Butter
  • Cold Water
  • Cornstarch
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt

The bottom line

These sauteed apples make a great side dish for lots of comfort food like chicken fried steak or pot roast, or a lovely compote to go on top of ice cream.

How To Sauté Apples

How To Sauté Apples

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This sauteed apple recipe is super easy to make. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract are the perfect touch to making this an amazing dish all to itself. Imagine eating apple pie without the crust.


  • 4 large apples
  • ¼ c butter
  • ½ c cold water
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ½ t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t cornstarch
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of salt


  1. Wash, dry, peel and core the apples.
  2. Cut into ¼” thick slices or dice into ½-inch cubes. 
  3. Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat.
  4. Once the pan is hot add butter and allow it to melt. 
  5. Add in the apples. Cook, stirring occasionally until the apples are softening.
  6. This should take about 6 to 7 minutes: the apples will go from creamy-white to translucent in appearance and should easily be pierced with a fork
  7. Whisk together the cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl until a slurry forms and the lumps are gone.
  8. Add to skillet and stir to combine. Bring to a boil for two minutes.
  9. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and a dash of salt. Stir thoroughly. 
  10. Remove from heat and serve warm. The sauteed apples will thicken as it stands.

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