Sauteed Apple with Ice Cream

Sautéed Apples with Ice Cream

There’s nothing better than Sautéed Apples with Ice Cream! This delicious dessert can be made in 30 minutes and wow everyone.

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I love almost everything made from apples. And right now, as the weather is starting to cool off and the fall season is approaching, apples are going to be in season and tasting better than ever. And nothing is better than sautéed apples with ice cream!

Justin doesn’t usually like things that are hot and cold at the same time like in this recipe, but he loved this dessert. The apples have just the right amount of crispness, while still being nice and soft. It’s kind of like warm apple pie but without all the extra calories from the crust. Then again, once you add the vanilla ice cream, I guess the calories are still there!

We had fun making our Sauteed Apples with Ice Cream. I thought it would be more difficult, but the longest part was actually getting the apples sliced up. 

This recipe reminds me of the sauteed cinnamon apples that you can get as a side dish at Cracker Barrel. They don’t serve theirs with ice cream, but I think it makes this a great dessert when you do. 

Which type of apple is best?

When it’s apple season, a variety of apples are all at their best! But for this recipe, I prefer to use Honeycrisp apples. They are the best apples because of their perfect tart and sweet apple for this easy recipe. You could also use Pink Lady apples or Granny Smith apples if you prefer green apples. 

Sautéed Apples with Ice Cream Step by Step


  • 4 Honeycrisp apples
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream


Years ago, we got this apple slicer that helps speed the process up a lot. I use the apple slicer to cut the apples into wedges, then cut the peels off with a knife, and cut the wedges into smaller slices.

In a large skillet, melt the butter, then add the apples to the pan. I like a heavy skillet such as a cast-iron pan. 

Sauté the apples for about 5-8 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Then add in the brown sugar and cinnamon, cooking for a few more minutes.

Once the apples are cooked, scoop some warm cinnamon apples out into a small bowl, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (or two!), and serve warm.

Sauteed Apple with Ice Cream

Sautéed Apples Leftovers

Storage: Any leftover apples can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. 

Reheating: The best way to reheat the fried apples is in a skillet over medium heat until they are warmed through, about 5 minutes. If the apples seem dry, add a little butter when reheating. 


Originally Published On: September 9, 2017

Last Updated On: October 16, 2023

Sauteed Apple with Ice Cream

Sauteed Apples with Ice Cream

There's nothing better than Sautéed Apples with Ice Cream! This delicious dessert can be made in 30 minutes and wow everyone.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
ice cream
Dietary Needs:
Cooking Method:
One-Pan Meals
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 10 votes


  • 4 Honeycrisp apples
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream

Recommended Equipment


  • Peel and slice the apples
  • Preheat a medium skillet over medium to medium-high heat
  • Add butter to the skillet, then apples, and saute 5-8 minutes
  • Add brown sugar and cinnamon and cook for 2 more minutes
  • Spoon the sauteed apples into bowls and top with ice cream
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Nutrition Facts
Sauteed Apples with Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 425 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 442mg13%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 775IU16%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 173mg17%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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50 thoughts on “Sautéed Apples with Ice Cream”

  1. 5 stars
    So warm and comforting. Love canning my own spiced apples every autumn after apple picking with my kids in the local mountains.

  2. 5 stars
    Warm apple desserts are SERIOUSLY at the top of my dessert favorites list. There is just something about them that soothes and warms the soul. I am definitely going to be trying this one!

  3. 5 stars
    My daughter has wanted a dessert exactly like this for the holidays. I might try it with a different ice cream. But the apples she loves. She’ll eat that kind of apple out of a pie, avoiding the crust altogether. I will try this out in a couple weeks.

  4. 5 stars
    Bring on all the ice cream I say!!! I would love to give it s go at doing my own ice cream! Do you have any great recipes?

  5. I wish nothing else right now than to taste those done by no one else ‘the good chef’…Sauteed Apples with Ice Cream is so beautiful to look at though have not had it.

  6. Sautéed Apples with Ice Cream is such a wonderful sight aside that it’s yummy though have not tasted it ,,,,,it truly on the list of meal i will love to taste.

  7. Apples and vanilla ice cream are such a quintessential dessert flavor combo. It’s one of my favorites! Adding this to my menu planner for sure!

  8. Melanie williams

    Ooo what a lovely pudding idea. simple and just what you want at the end of a three course meal or for a simple dessert treat xx

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