Quick Stovetop Apple Crisp

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Problem 1: Way too many apples that are about to start spoiling.
Solution 1: Make an apple crisp!

Problem 2: It’s August and it’s too damn hot to turn on the oven.
Solution 2: Make it on the stovetop in a fraction of the time.

I am a HUGE fan of all apple desserts, and apple crisp is one of my favorites. I will, of course, always favor a proper oven-baked crisp, but finding time and gas-saving shortcut for it is one of my greatest culinary achievements.

Some stovetop/skillet apple crisp recipes instruct you to cook the apples in a pan of melted butter. That’s all well and good, but I’ve always preferred apple filling that’s closer to pie, so my recipe involves making a 15-minute apple compote. Assuming you don’t burn the oatmeal crisp topping (which I have done many, many times—practice makes perfect!), the result is a delightful and tasty treat that doesn’t require you to turn your kitchen into a sauna. The only thing that makes it better? A big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Stovetop Apple Crisp

Makes 4 servings

Stovetop apple crisp - RazzleFrazzleBlog.com



  • 3 apples (peeled, cored and diced – McIntosh or Honeycrisp recommended)
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in cold water (should be the consistency of paste)


  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 c. quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Chopped pecans for topping (optional)


  1. In a medium pot, combine the apples, water, lemon juice, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat until the apples are tender and the juices have reduced to a syrup (about 15 minutes).
  3. Add the cornstarch mixture and a pinch of salt, and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and immediately divide into 4 ramekins.
  4. While apple compote cools, melt the butter over medium heat in a small pan. When melted, add oats and brown sugar and stir continuously for 2 to 3 minutes until crunchy. Be careful: This is very easy to overcook and burn!
  5. Distribute crisp topping evenly. Serve warm with pecans on top, and maybe definitely some vanilla ice cream.

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