Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

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My Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling is the best apple pie filling recipe. Tender apples, incredible spice, and the perfect homemade pie filling you can enjoy. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

If you are planning to make apple pie filling try my Instant Pot apple pie filling recipe. Soft apples in a thick spice-filled sauce. I made Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Ramekin Apple Pies the other night and it was incredible. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling

I found making my apple pie filling in the Instant Pot gives me that tried and true recipe each and every time. It also allows for you to have a hands-off approach. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

How To Slice Apples For Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling

Here is one thing you need to know to set yourself up for successful pie filling. You need to peel, core and slice your apples thick. If you do them thin it will turn to mush. Aim for thicker slices of apples, as it will break down quite a bit in the pressure cooker. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

How Long Do You Cook Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling 

The cook time for this pie filling is 0 minutes and you will do a quick release. But remember your Instant Pot will take time to reach pressure so ensure you factor that into the timing of wanting this filling done. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

How to Thicken Apple Pie Filling 

To thicken your apple pie filling you will want to take a cup of the liquid from the cooked apples and add 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. This is going to make a slurry that you will stir up, then mix back into the mixture in the pot. The cornstarch will help thicken the apple pie filling so it is thick like you want. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

 Ways to Use Apple Pie Filling 

  • Make a pie or mini pies
  • Top Oatmeal with apple pie filling 
  • Create a yogurt parfait 
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over and eat as a dessert all in its own 
  • Top ice cream 

There is no wrong way to eat this homemade apple pie filling. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

How Long Will Homemade Apple Pie Filling Store For 

Since there are no preservatives in this, you will want to refrigerate any leftover filling you don’t use right away. This will store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

What are the best apples to use

You will want to use a firm apple so that it does not completely break down while cooking.  Some great choices are Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, or Fuji.

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

Can You Freeze Apple Pie Filling 

You can freeze this pie filling. Just make sure that you place in a freezer-friendly container. Then store for up to three months. I will say that the texture softens up a bit more once you thaw the filling. But the flavor is just as good. Leave room at the top of the container for the apples to expand as they freeze. 

Then when you are ready to use the filling, place in the fridge the night before so you allow it to slowly thaw. Then stir, and use however you choose. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

This is the best apple pie filling, and crazy simple to make. Once you learn how to make a homemade pie filling you will never want to buy canned pie filling again. 

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

For a real treat sip some homemade apple pie iced tea while eating your delicious homemade apple pie.

Have an air fryer? Try making my delicious little Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Ramekin Apple Pies for a quick delicious apple pie treat.

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling

Instant Pot Best Apple Pie Filling


  • 8 Apples peeled and sliced into thicker slices*
  • 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP Nutmeg
  • 1/4 TSP Salt
  • 4 TBSP Cornstarch


  1. Peel your apples and slice into thicker slices*
  2. As you are slicing the apples, place them in a bowl with the lemon juice and cover the slices with the juice to keep them from browning.
  3. Add water, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt into your pot. Mix to blend.
  4. Add your apples in. Mix gently to coat your apples in the liquid.
  5. Close your lid and set to sealing.
  6. Set your pot to manual high pressure for 0 minutes. Once cooking cycle completes do a quick release.
  7. Carefully remove 1 cup of the liquid from the pot. Stir in 4 TBSP of cornstarch and mix well. Pour slurry back into your pot and very gently blend. Your apples will start to thicken. Turn off pot so the apples do not continue to cook.


*peel and core your apples. Cut into 4 quarters. For larger apples, cut each 1/4 into 3 slices. If it is a smaller apple, cut each 1/4 into 2 slices.

**You should have enough apples to fill 2 half gallon sized mason jars.

***This will store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days. 

****Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, or Fuji apples are all good choices.

*****Yes 0 minutes is correct. Your pot will take time to come to pressure and your apples will cook during that time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g

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  1. This recipe is AMAZING! The only thing is…….when I did the quick release, it SPLATTERED ALL OVER THE PLACE. I made with 2 of my daughters. We got hysterical. We were in one of their houses, so her kitchen got a Spring Cleaning.

    What can we do to avoid this?

    Will DEFINITELY make again!!!!


  2. Follow up on my previous question:

    I made another batch, but this time used more apples. We just went apple picking while I am visiting my daughter here in Ann Arbor. The apples we originally used were too small. So, this time I used 10 of those apples. IT WORKED OUT PERFECTLY. We had too much liquid the first time. OH MY GOODNESS, second time was JUST AS DELICIOUS!! Making these for Christmas gifts this year.

    Thank you for sharing!!

    . .

  3. What would you suggest to substitute for nutmeg? My sister is allergic and I am not new to baking, but I’m not good at spice substitution! Otherwise I can just omit nutmeg.

  4. I would love to make this recipe for apple pie filling but I don’t have an Instant Pot. I have a Cuisinart 6-quart electric pressure and it does not appear to allow a ZERO setting on the timer. The start button won’t work unless there is at least ONE minute on the timer. Any suggestions?

    As the timer does not VISIBLY count down from the one minute, I cannot tell when the one minute countdown has started UNTIL IT ENDS, and there is no audible click or sound that pressure has been reached to alert me that countdown has begun…. so turning the pressure cooker off as soon as that one minute BEGINS counting down is not an option either..

    Will a one minute cook time ruin the pie filling? (I hope I have made all this understandable!) Thank you.

    1. Yes it cooks in the time that it comes to pressure, you just set if for 0 and it will take care of it for you. 🙂

  5. Oh! Zero minutes—I read ten, decided to cut that in half, and the apples were STILL mushy! Tasty anyway, though. Thank you for the recipe. 🙂

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