Easy homemade pressure cooker apple pie filling recipe you can make in about 20 minutes in your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, Crockpot Express or stovetop directions!
If you have about 20 minutes and a bowl full of apples you can make this easy pressure cooker apple pie filling at home! Just another favorite added to our long list of easy Instant Pot recipes. (originally published 11/18, affiliate links present)
Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling
Have you ever made an easy apple pie filling recipe before? You may think it’s complex and opt for canned but it is really SO easy!
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can make homemade apple pie filling in your Ninja Foodi or a Crockpot Express machine too! It can be used in oh so many desserts, or just enjoyed as is right out of the pot like baked apples!
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- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.
If you’ve been a fan of The Typical Mom Facebook page, or have been reading my blog recently you know we went apple picking and loaded up on 65 lbs. of Fuji apples!
Needless to say we’ve been busy with apple everything, and this was the latest creation (we’ve still got about 20 lbs. left so stay tuned for more). 😉
Pressure cooker apple pie filling
- Apples – duhhhh, you choose the variety but I love Fuji, red and yellow varieties aren’t as firm if you prefer really soft apples
- Lemon juice – I rarely have fresh on hand and just use this
Vanilla – not necessary but I like the addition, this is how you make homemade vanilla extract
Ninja Foodi Apple Pie Filling
- Clear Jel – you probably don’t have this but can grab this small bag you see here
- This is a necessity and no other substitution will do, I have tried other thickening options but this is what works
- If you’re canning you’ll need mason jars
- Instant Pot doesn’t recommend using their pot for canning, here’s a post on how to can pie filling.
Why would you want to make your own homemade apple pie filling?
- If you use pie filling a lot and make a large batch you will save money in the long run
- You can avoid the preservatives found in canned apple pie filling
Choose the type of apples YOU love to make it perfect for your recipe.
Making your own pie filling allows you to control how soft or firm your apples will be
- Add as little or as much sugar as you’d like to control the sweetness or create a sugar free apple pie filling recipe by using a sugar substitute .
Homemade Apple Pie Filling
That is what is great about anything homemade. Love cinnamon and nutmeg in all Fall treats? Swear by only using Granny Smith for all apple dishes? Use exactly what you love to make this and top it with 1/2 cup of ice cream and brown sugar at the end for the ultimate comfort food. 😉 We won’t tell.
I say this easy apple pie filling recipe takes about 20 minutes. Of course time with vary depending upon how long it takes you to peel, core, and slice your apples. Also time will vary a bit in the last step when the liquid and apples are bubbling together.
I prefer my apples to still have a bit of firmness to them. So I don’t cook them as long. If you love really tender apple pie filling then by all means just allow it to bubble longer. Just remember to stir intermittently so it doesn’t burn at the bottom.
Apple Pie Filling from Scratch
Tenderness is a personal preference so make it however you like, that is why I love this pressure cooker apple pie filling recipe! You can jump to recipe below but here is a quick rundown of how it’s done when you pressure cook it.
- Prepare your apples (peel, core, slice, thinner if you want them soft or thicker if you prefer them firmer). Set your pressure cooker to saute, add your water.
- Once it begins to boil stir in your sugar, wait for other ingredients until it begins to dissolve.
- Sprinkle in your clear jel and whisk mixture together until it is smooth and starts to thicken. Whisk in your cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
- Once mixture starts to continually boil while stirring regularly, pour in your lemon juice and stir.
- Allow this mixture to boil again, mixing so it doesn’t burn. Do this for about 1 minute.
- Add your bowl of sliced apples and stir together.
- Allow thickened apple pie filling mixture to bubble again and stir apples about every 30 seconds so sauce doesn’t burn.
- Do this continuously until apples are as tender you desire.
Total cook time for this is about 10 minutes or so. There is no need to even put on the lid, quick release the steam or otherwise. You are just sauteeing it the entire time. That is why you can transition it to stove top instructions so easily too. It’s basically the same in a pan.
Apple pie filling with fresh apples
This is how you would do it on the stovetop:
- Use a pot on medium heat
- Follow directions listed below in the recipe card
- Instead of using the saute setting on your pressure cooker you are merely using the medium heat on your burner
- It will turn out just as yummy!
What would you use pressure cooker apple pie filling for?
Oh let me list the ways……I use it a lot in underneath our pour over crust that has just 4 ingredients in it.
- Apple pie bread pudding is a must during the holidays, or fill air fryer dumplings.
- Our Apple spice dump cake is pretty spectacular
- Then try some Gingerbread dump cake
- Using cinnamon rolls you can make Apple pie monkey bread muffins
- Cinnamon roll waffles are WOW
AND our most popular recipe will be a hit in your house if you love this one as much as we do because it uses fresh apples.
It is OH SO amazing, we call it Instant Pot apple crisp and must be tried immediately after you make this apple pie filling.
Instant Pot pie filling
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Here’s the printable recipe to follow as well.
Pressure Cooker Apple Pie Filling
- Core, peel and slice your apples (thinner if you want them soft or thicker if you prefer them to be on the firmer side). Set your pressure cooker to saute, normal, setting. Add your water.
- Once your water begins to boil stir in your sugar, wait for other ingredients until it begins to dissolve.
- Sprinkle in your clear jel and use a whisk to mix together until it is smooth and starts to bubble and thicken. Whisk in your cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
- Once mixture starts to continually bubble, while stirring regularly, pour in your lemon juice and stir.
- Allow this mixture to bubble once again, mixing intermittently so it doesn’t burn, for about 1 minute or so.
- Then add your bowl of sliced apples and stir together.
- Allow thickened apple pie filling mixture to bubble again and stir apples about every 30 seconds so sauce doesn’t burn but long enough for apples to soften.
- Do this continuously until apples are the consistency you desire. I prefer mine to stay a bit firmer so it takes me about 5 minutes of this process, may take longer if you like your apples soft.
- Once they’re perfect for you turn your Instant Pot off and allow to cool, or use immediately in a pie or otherwise.