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Pressure Cooker Apple Pie Filling

Easy homemade pressure cooker apple pie filling recipe you can make in about 20 minutes in your Instant Pot or a bit longer using our stovetop directions!

easy apple pie filling recipe

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)

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 too!

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

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

  1. Apples – duhhhh, you choose the variety but I love Fuji, red and yellow varieties aren’t as firm if you prefer really soft apples
  2. Sugar
  3. Lemon juice – I rarely have fresh on hand and just use this
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Nutmeg

Vanilla – not necessary but I like the addition, this is how you make homemade vanilla extract

how to make apple pie filling
  1. Clear Jel – you probably don’t have this but can grab this small bag you see here
    1. This is a necessity and no other substitution will do, I have tried other thickening options but this is what works
  1. If you’re canning you’ll need mason jars
    1. Instant Pot doesn’t recommend using their pot for canning, here’s a post on canning 101
homemade apple 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

If you want to can apple pie filling using mason jars you can do it yourself which means you can use the freshest apples during the winter months, can them, and enjoy it all year long!

easy apple pie filling recipe

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.

  • Tenderness is a personal preference so make it however you like, that is why I love this pressure cooker apple pie filling recipe!
Pressure Cooker Apple Pie Filling

Homemade apple pie filling

This is how you would do it on the stovetop:

  1. Use a pot on medium heat
  2. Follow directions listed below in the recipe card
  3. Instead of using the saute setting on your pressure cooker you are merely using the medium heat on your burner
  4. 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 my easy dump cake recipes

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 apple crisp

Instant Pot apple pie filling

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Pressure Cooker Apple Pie Filling

Easy homemade pressure cooker apple pie filling recipe you can make in about 20 minutes in your Instant Pot or a bit longer using our stovetop directions!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple pie filling, dessert, instant pot, instant pot recipe, pie filling, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 317kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 6 apples cored, peeled, sliced thin/thick depending on preference
  • 2.5 – 3 c sugar 2.5 c. makes it slightly sweet, 3 if you want sweet
  • 3/4 c clear jel
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 3/4 c water
  • 1/4 c lemon juice


  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Apple Pie Filling
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 82g27%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 76g84%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
instant pot Apple Pie Filling
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Tuesday 5th of November 2019

Can this be frozen, defrosted and baked later? I got rid of my canner years ago.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

If you use an air tight freezer container that should be just fine.


Wednesday 25th of September 2019

What do you mean by clear gel?

The Typical Mom

Saturday 28th of September 2019

There's a link in the post for that. It's what I used.


Saturday 22nd of December 2018

You did not finish, how do you can and seal the jars using the instant pot?


Friday 27th of September 2019

I make this every yr, just fill hot jars with filling about 1 in from top place hot lid and ring that has been sterilized in boiling water. Place filled jars in 10 min water bath with water at least 1 in over jars. Once done remove jars and let cool on counter for 8 hrsthen store. I always place a towel over my jars while cooling

Donna W Bellacera

Thursday 12th of September 2019

I would like to know the answer to that question too!


Monday 3rd of December 2018

This is a lovely idea and I would like to make as Christmas gifts. If I don't want to can the filling, how long will it keep in fridge? Thank you!

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Thursday 29th of November 2018

We're going to bring desserts to a party this weekend and I'm going to try this apple pie filling for the pies I'm making. Thank you!

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