Fall in Love This Fall with Fried Apple Rings


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Fall in Love This Fall with Fried Apple Rings

October 19, 2016
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Fall in Love This Fall with Fried Apple Rings

Fried Apple Rings are a perfect treat for fall! Fresh California Granny Smith apples are coated in batter and fried until crispy and golden brown then dusted with powdered sugar. Who needs apple pie when you can have Fried Apple Rings?! 

***Updated recipe card and blog post 4/19/2021***

Fried apple rings ready to be eaten.

I bet when you think of California agriculture, you don’t automatically think of apples. While the weather in the Pacific Northwest favors apple production, the climate in upper Northern California is ideal for a few apple varieties too! The apple harvest window can be small, so make sure you start looking for apples labeled Ca Grown and buy up as many as you can.

A fried apple ring being dunked in dipping sauce.

What is a Fried Apple Ring? 

A Fried Apple Ring looks and cooks just like an onion ring, but tucked inside is a soft, sweet apple. They are perfect as an after-school snack for the kids or a fun weekend dessert with friends. I made a caramel dipping sauce that took it over the top, but feel free to dip into chocolate or just eat plain, sprinkled with powdered sugar.  

Let’s make Fried Apple Rings!

A bowl of Granny Smith apples.

How to pick the perfect apples for Fried Apple Rings!

Check the apple’s firmness: Pick up the apple and feel the fruit’s skin. You can even gently press a small area of the skin to make sure it’s firm to the touch. Avoid apples that are noticeably soft, mushy, or indent easily after you press the skin

Granny Smith apple slices

Slice the apples.

No rocket science here, simply slice the Granny Smith apples into 1/4 inch thick rounds with a sharp knife or a mandolin slicer.

The core being removed from a Granny Smith apple slice before dipping in batter to make fried apples.

Remove the core from the apple slices.

Use a small round cookie cutter or a small knife to remove the core and seeds from the apple slices.

An apple ring being dipped in batter for fried apples.

Time to batter up!

Follow the directions in the recipe card below to make the Fried Apple Rings batter then get to dunking the prepared apple slices into the batter to completely coat.

Fried apple rings being cooked in hot oil.

It’s hot tub time for the battered apples!

Now dunk those battered apple rings right into a bubbling hot tub of cooking oil like vegetable, Grapeseed, or peanut oil and fry a few minutes per side until golden brown.

While we use olive oil in most of our recipes it is important to use an oil with a high smoke point for this recipe or your kitchen will fill with smoke from the oil before you even start frying.

Powdered sugar being sprinkled over fried apple rings

Sprinkle on powdered sugar!

When the apple rings are nice and hot sprinkle them with powdered sugar and serve!

A fried apple ring being dunked in dipping sauce.

Seriously, these are so good! I dipped mine in a homemade caramel sauce, but they are delicious all on their own too. What a fabulous treat to welcome in fall, especially using delicious California grown apples!

Looking for more ways to cook with fresh apples from California? We have you covered!

Baked Caramel Apple Hand Pies  on a baking sheet.

California Apple Caramel Hand Pies

Simple to make and even easier to eat, these convenient goodies are perfect for rushed mornings.  They pack well in a lunchbox and are an ideal choice for a modest, after dinner dessert.

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

This Upside Down Cake from This Mess is Ours just happens to be gluten free, is brimming with fresh apple flavor, and has a luscious caramel drizzle that will make you weak in the knees!

Chai Candied Pecan Apple Pops

Pecans are tossed in chai spice and brown sugar and then candied in the oven before adorning apple slices that have been dipped in white chocolate. These pops from Britney Bakes Bread are totally delicious as is, but down right decadent when drizzled with caramel.

A fried apple ring with a bite taken out of it.

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A stack of Fried Apple Rings.

Fried Apple Rings

Susan Phillips
Fried Apple Rings: a fun and delicious alternative to classic apple pie!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 131 kcal


  • Deep skillet or deep fryer
  • thermometer



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dusting
  • high temp oil for frying like vegetable oil, Grapeseed, or peanut oil.


  • Heat up vegetable oil in a deep fryer or deep sided pan over medium high until the temperature reaches 375°F.
  • Combine all the batter dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk and egg. With a fork, whisk the milk and egg and then incorporate all into the dry ingredients.
  • If batter seems too think, add a few dashes of regular milk to thin it out.
  • Slice the apples into 1/4 inch rings. Remove the core with a small cookie cutter.
  • Dip the apple slices into the prepared batter and place into hot oil.
  • Fry on both sides for a few minutes until golden.
  • Remove from oil and allow to drain on a paper towel.
  • Dust with powdered sugar to serve.



Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 126mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 116IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple, dessert, fried apple
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Love California grown apples? We do too! Try this Spiced Apple Bundt Cake, this French Apple Cake, and these Sheet Pan Apple Pancakes next!

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