Learn How to Cut an Apple into slices in less than a minute! A quick and easy trick will also teach you how to prevent the cut slices from browning. And once they’re cut, you can use them in your favorite pie, crisp, and oatmeal recipes.

Fresh apple slices are laid on the counter before adding to apple pie or oatmeal.

Cutting Apple Slices

While it may initially seem like a bit of a basic cooking technique, knowing how to cut an apple into slices can save you quite a bit of time!

Especially when you’re needing to peel and slice POUNDS of apples at once for an Apple Crisp or Apple Overnight Oats recipe.

The images and instructions you’ll find below show you how to cut an apple that still has the skin on.

However, if you are using peeled apples for your favorite apple pie recipe, you can still follow the basic steps without any modifications.

This method works for all of the different apple varieties and is the fastest way to cut up this healthy fruit.

You’ll also learn a great way to store apples, so you have some ready for the kids’ lunch boxes when school rolls around.

How to Cut an Apple

Below you’ll find the steps to cut fresh apples:

1. Make the First Cut

First, give the apples a quick rinse and dry them with a clean paper towel.

Place the apple on a wooden cutting board with the stem facing up. Using a sharp paring knife, make a cut about ½-inch to the right or left of the stem and cut all of the way down the side of the apple, paying close attention to avoid the core. 

Cutting the side of an apple with a knife  on a cutting board with other apples waiting to be cut.

2. Cut the Whole Apple

Turn the apple 90 degrees and make a similar cut all of the way through the apple. 

Cutting the side of an apple with a knife  on a cutting board with other apples waiting to be cut.

3. Core the Apple

Repeat this process until you have four pieces of apple and a separate core of the apple with apple seeds.

All sides of an apple cut with the core by itself.

4. Thinly Slice

Place the apple pieces cut side down on the cutting board and slice into ¼-½-inch pieces. You can make thicker slices, depending on your personal preference.

Cutting apple slices with a knife on a cutting board with other apples waiting to be cut and the core to the side.
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Serving Apples

Cut apple slices are best when served immediately since they will begin to brown quickly when exposed to oxygen.

Eat them as is or sprinkle on a bit of Pumpkin Pie Spice or Apple Pie Spice for added flavor!

But what if you want to prep the apples ahead of time and store them for later?

There’s a little trick you can do that will help preserve your apple slices and keep them looking pretty and fresh!

FAQs

How to keep sliced apples from turning brown?

To keep sliced apples from turning brown, and them to a large bowl and toss with freshly squeezed lemon juice. You’ll need about 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice for every half pound of apple slices. You can also use other citrus or acidic juice, like orange or pineapple juice.

The lemon juice will prevent the apple from browning and oxidizing because it is full of citric acid. This lower pH liquid creates a barrier between the apple and the air and allows the oxygen to react with it first before coming into contact with the apples’ surfaces. Apple slices that have been tossed in lemon juice will stay fresh for up to 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container or resealable bag in the refrigerator.

An alternative method you can try is submerging the apple wedges in a bowl of water.  Since cold water is covering the apples’ surfaces, it will not come into contact with the air and will slow down the browning process.

Are apples healthy?

Yes! Apples are a fantastic food with a wide variety of health benefits. They are an excellent source of fiber, which enhances your gut health, and they’re associated with lowering the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Tart apples and sweet types, like honey crisp, are all good for you.

Fresh apple slices are placed in a bowl and tossed in lemon juice.

More Apple Recipes

Apples are quick, easy, and healthy snacks that are delicious to eat by themselves.

Use them up in simple ways, like dipping them into some homemade fruit dip or creamy peanut butter.

They also taste incredible when baked in recipes such as Apple CrispApple Bread, and Apple Overnight Oats.

You can even toss them into a Fall Harvest Salad or make your own Applesauce.

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How to Cut an Apple

Learn How to Cut an Apple into slices in less than a minute!  A quick and easy trick will also teach you how to prevent the cut slices from browning.  And once they're cut, you can use them in your favorite pie, crisp, and oatmeal recipes.
Fresh apple slices are laid on the counter before adding to apple pie or oatmeal.
Yield 1 serving
Prep 1 minute
Total 1 minute

Ingredients 

  • 1 apple skin on or peeled
  • Lemon juice optional

Instructions 

  • Place apple on a cutting board with the stem facing up.
    1 apple
  • Using a sharp knife, make a cut ½-inch to the right or left of the stem and cut all of the way down. Pay close attention to avoid the core.
  • Turn the apple 90 degrees and make a similar cut all of the way through the apple.
  • Repeat this process until you have four pieces of apple and a separate piece of core.
  • Place the apple pieces cut side down on the cutting board and slice into ¼-½ inch pieces.
  • Serve apple slices immediately or toss in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice if storing for later.
    Lemon juice

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Notes

Storage Directions
  • Apple slices that have been tossed in lemon juice will last for up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator before browning.
  • Alternatively, submerging the apple wedges in a bowl of water can prevent them from browning.

Nutrition

Calories: 95kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 195mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 98IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

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

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