A bowl filled with apple crisp on a rustic wood table.

Stovetop Apple Crisp

This warm, comforting and healthy stovetop apple crisp takes a total of only 20 minutes to prepare and does not compromise on flavor. You cook the apples in a skillet and sprinkle them with a buttery and crunchy toasted oat, pecan and sesame seed topping. The recipe works equally well as a delicious dessert or a healthy after-school snack.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword stovetop apple crisp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 252kcal
Author Nicole Branan


For the apples:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 Gala* apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

For the topping:

  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream (optional)


For the apples:

  • Melt the butter in a skillet.
  • Add the apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir until well combined.
  • Put the lid on and let the apples cook on medium to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are soft (about 7 minutes).

For the topping:

  • Melt the butter in a non-stick pan.
  • Add remaining sugar, oats, pecans and sesame seeds and brown for a few minutes until crunchy. (Do this on relatively low heat and watch closely, it will burn easily).
  • Serve apples in a bowl and sprinkle the topping on.
  • Top with ice cream or whipped cream (optional).


*I recommend that you use Gala apples for this recipe. I tested other apple varieties and even though many of them tasted good, they required vastly longer cooking times than Gala apples.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.3g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 11.7g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 6.9g | Sugar: 27g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.6mg