Southern Fried Pies


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Southern fried pies are a delicious treat. Filled with fruit and a crispy crust, this heirloom fried pies recipe is a treasure.

It was always a special day when Grandmother Verdie made her southern fried pies. She’d have them filled with apples or peaches and sometimes pears cooked to the perfect balance of sweet and tartness.

She knew they were one of my very favorite things she made and would call our house to let us know she was about to make fresh pies and to see if my sister and I wanted to come help her. And of course we did. Helping Grandmother to make her pies meant we were the first people to get to test them to make sure they were right. She would place a hot fried pie on a plate, cut it in half, give us a glass of milk each and ask us to let her know if it tasted alright. They always did.

When I married, Grandmother gave me a notebook filled with her recipes that she’d written down for me. I could tell by the writing how it must have pained her to write them with her arthritis, but never the less, she’d included all of my favorites.

My mother stayed with us some over the holidays and we spent a little bit of time in the kitchen together – cooking, talking, and laughing. We made Grandmother’s fried pies and just couldn’t wait to try that first one to be sure it was just right. I was immediately taken back to Grandmother’s kitchen and my childhood, surprisingly, not too far gone.

Here’s how Grandmother made her southern fried pies.

You’ll need your favorite pie dough. I recommend a soft, sturdy dough for these pies. You can also used canned biscuits.

Grandmother always preferred to use dried fruit for her pies, but you could use fresh fruit if you needed to.

Add water and sugar to your fruit and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.

Cut out a large circle of dough. I like to use the largest biscuit cutter I have for this.

Now, roll out that piece of dough even thinner. Not too thin that you can see through it and that it would tear, but fairly thin.

Spoon some of your fruit filling into your dough. Don’t get skimpy here. This is the best part.

Fold one half of the dough over the other.

Press edges of pie closed with the tines of a fork.

Now prick the top of your pie a few times with your fork to allow heat to escape while your pie is cooking.

Fry your pies in a cast iron skillet over low to medium heat with about a tablespoon of butter per pie. Cook your pie about 2-3 minutes on one side, until crispy, and then flip and cook the other side of the pie.

About half-way through cooking all of your fried pies, you’ll need to wipe the browned butter out of your skillet to prevent your pies from tasting burnt on the crust. Whenever you see your skillet with too much browned butter, just take a quick break, wipe your skillet down with a paper towel, and start back cooking.

And be ready to enjoy the best southern delicacy you’ve ever put in your mouth.

Here’s Grandmother’s Fried Pies recipe. It is a family treasure!

Southern Fried Pies

5 from 7 votes
Southern fried pies are a delicious treat. Filled with fruit and a crispy crust, this heirloom fried pies recipe is a treasure.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12


  • double crust pie dough, your favorite
  • 4 cups (720 g) dried fruit , or fresh fruit
  • 1 cup (198 g) granulated sugar
  • water, enough to cover fruit
  • flour , for rolling dough
  • 12 tablespoons (170 g) butter


  • Cook your fruit with water and sugar in a medium saucepan for about 20 minutes.
  • Dust surface lightly with flour and roll out dough.
  • Cut out large circles of dough and roll out again.
  • Spoon fruit filling onto the center of dough.
  • Fold pie closed and press seams closed with tines of a fork.
  • Melt one tablespoon of butter per pie in a large skillet.
  • Place pie into skillet and cook until crispy, about 3 minutes.
  • Turn the pie and cook on the other side.
  • Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.


Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Serve plain or with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and cinnamon or a scoop of ice cream.


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  1. Jack D Simmons says:

    Grandmaw always use lard or crisco. I still do – sometimes I add butter and won’t burn as bad if you have it mixed with crisco. Best pies I’ve ever had. Better cold – my brother and me tore a cabinet up to get to them once! lol that was 60 years ago.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Love this story, Jack! I LOVED my grandmother’s fried pies too….sooo good! Thanks so much for sharing this! πŸ™‚

  2. Marilyn Johnson says:

    I am looking forward to trying these! Tell everyone about your wonderful pie dough recipe. Have tried it and found the pie dough recipe the best I have ever eaten. It was super easy and turned out perfect! Can’t wait to try it with the fried pies! Thank you!!!!

  3. Jan says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe. It sounds exactly like the apple tarts that my great-grandmother used to make.

  4. Nestle Kitchens says:

    Robyn, you have so many great pie recipes!

    Good luck!

    Nestle Kitchens

  5. Stephanie P says:

    These are so yummy. I had peaches that I froze in a sugar syrup so I just threw them in a pot and cooked them up for 20 minutes and they turned out great.

  6. Kristen says:

    Holy buckets of goodness! YUM, Robyn!

  7. SMITH BITES says:

    oh dear lord, those look waaaayyyyy to easy to put together . . . kinda dangerous in this house . . . what with it being pie month and all . . . oh dear

  8. Barbara @ Vino Luci Style says:

    My grandmother never made pies like this but my neighbor did when I lived in NC. She called them ‘hand’ pies and she was always so sweet to share one with me when she made them for her family. I love remembering those pies and those days in the south.

    I just started a section on my blog where I’m making family recipes. Sadly we don’t have any written down by my Grandma who was a terrific cook but between her many grandchildren I’m excited to see some coming to me that I can made and include on my blog; there are the most special of them all because of the memories they hold, aren’t they?

  9. Cookin' Canuck says:

    Oh my – do these ever look good! How sweet that your grandmother wrote down all of her recipes for you. I’m sure you will treasure that forever.

  10. Sherri says:

    Thanks for the great memories!!!
    My grandmother made the BEST apricot fried pies and we lined up for them.
    She would also use her little pieces of leftover pie crust dough to make little cinnamon sugar mini pies…great memories!!
    Thank you!