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Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling
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Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling

Making apple pie filling has never been this easy (or tasty). With your Instant Pot, you can make wonderful Apple Pie Filling in minutes and have dessert ready in an hour.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 202kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $8.80 / Serving $1.11



  • 6-8 cups thick sliced apples (about 6 apples) ($5.34)
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice ($0.48)
  • 2 tablespoon butter ($0.16)
  • ½ cup brown sugar ($0.19)
  • ½ cup white sugar ($0.11)
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon ($0.20)
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg ($0.05)
  • 1 pinch ground cloves ($0.01)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt ($0.02)
  • 2 cups water ($0.00)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch ($0.08)

APPLE CRUMBLE TOPPING (makes enough for 2 pies):

  • 1 cup flour ($0.08)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ($0.10)
  • cup butter ($0.56)
  • ½ cup brown sugar ($0.19)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt ($0.01)
  • 1 single pie crust ($1.22)


Blind Bake Pie Crust

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and let a frozen pie crust thaw for about 10-20 minutes as it preheats.
  • Prick the pie crust several times with a fork along the bottom and sides.
  • Place pie crust in oven and bake for about 13-15 minutes and remove from oven to cool. Turn off oven.

Apple Pie Filling

  • Slice your apples into larger sized pieces, about 8 pieces per apple. Remove core and seeds. Peeling is optional.
  • Toss apple slices with lemon juice in a bowl, set aside.
  • Set Instant Pot to saute and melt butter.
  • Add in the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and water. Whisk to combine.
  • Add in the apple/lemon juice mixture and stir until nicely coated.
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and seal the valve.
  • Set to High Pressure for 0 minutes. The apples will cook as it comes up to pressure and releases pressure.
  • When the timer goes off, do a Quick Pressure Release. Note it could get messy depending on apple of choice as some will make extra moisture and cause it to spray out. So do this carefully. Leave the Instant Pot on Warm mode, do NOT turn off!
  • Open the lid and remove ½ cup-1 cup of the liquid from inside. Whisk together with the cornstarch, but be fast as it will thicken and become gloop.
  • Stir the cornstarch mixture into the apple mix and stir to combine. Continue stirring until thickened.
  • Once thickened, turn off the Instant Pot and your apple pie filling can be removed and placed into a prebaked shell or used as desired.

Crumble Topping

  • Stir together the crumble ingredients until the size of coarse crumbs or peas.
  • Spread over an apple filled pie. There will be crumbsle mix leftover.
  • Set oven to Broil on High. If needed, place pie on a baking sheet a.
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes until the top looks lightly toasted.
  • Let apple pie cool before slicing and serving. Filling will thicken as it cools.


Recipe Tips

The most important thing to note about this easy apple pie filling is that the size of your apple slices matter. The thinner you slice them, the more "applesauce-like" they'll become.
For actual apple texture, cut them larger. I recommend cutting a single apple into no more than 8 slices for perfectly sized apples, which do end up thick when cooked, but they'll be fork-tender too. Peeling the apples is optional and completely up to you.


This cooked apple pie filling is great for the freezer or fridge. To store it in the fridge, place it in an airtight container for up to a week. For the freezer, store in the same manner but for up to 6 months. Thaw before use.
As someone who enjoys canning foods SAFELY, I must say that this recipe is NOT safe for water bath canning as it contains cornstarch. Cornstarch is no longer approved in any canning recipe because of its density which may cause proper heating issues and result in unsafe results.
There are a lot of unsafe canning recipes still out there on the internet, and recipes claiming to be safe, that aren't. For tested and approved canning recipes, check out the National Center for Home Preservation.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.6g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 3.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 7.6mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 37.3g | Vitamin A: 27.7IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 28.5mg | Iron: 0.3mg