Instant Pot Applesauce

Make short work of your apple picking bounty by using your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker to make this quick and easy applesauce.

Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce

By Sue Lau |  Palatable  Pastime

My recipe of the day is  for  Instant Pot applesauce. You can easily work  up a ton of  this in  no time using an electric pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Applesauce

Winding Down  the Apples

I am  winding down my  apple season  and using up the remainder of what I have. I often will go picking  apples in  autumn and  will invariably have a bit extra left over.

Also, it’s  great to  store  them  in  a cool  place. My grandfather  used to wrap the longer  keeping types in  newspaper and  keep them  in a dark place under the bed. This was back during the  great depression  and  during the  1940’s. You can  imagine back  then that people were very thrifty and guarded what they had  with a tight  fist.

And of  course, my grandmother canned a lot of things, but there were always  more.

The Last, But Best, Idea

Just as in  this year,  I have extra above and beyond everything  I have eaten out of hand and made in recipes. And sometimes I will do canning as well although I haven’t  canned apples this year.

With the extra apples sitting around they start to give me  their evil eye of  figuring  out  some purpose. So  I decided  I would take the dozen or so left, peel  and core them, give them  a rough chop and into  the instant pot they go. When done,  it  is an easy mash and cool down. I can serve that sauce right away or freeze it for later- and if I feel  like giving the time, canning  in jars.

Pure  Apple Taste? Or Nicely Spiced

You can sweeten this  however you prefer- Do this after it gets mashed so you can  give it a taste. Much will  depend  on your personal taste as well as how the apples are. You can spice as you  like with  cinnamon or an apple  pie type spice blend.  Or leave them plain if you like the pure taste of apple.

About Freezing Applesauce

My extras I am  freezing–I imagine myself returning to  it later. I  have always liked serving  applesauce with  pasta like  spaghetti or lasagna. Or maybe I will use it in baking. And there is always the  option of taking the time  to make apple butter. But I  will need to stand over it-  I  am not fond of crock pot apple butter, because it needs the lid off to wick off the liquid, and  if the lid is off,  it’s not  hot enough  to cook down. And if the freaking apple butter is runny, I don’t want anything to do with it. It’s supposed  to be fruit butter, not overly spiced apple sauce.  And we don’t want our toast and biscuits getting runny when we spread it on. Soggy toast is the pits.

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Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce

Sue Lau
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
natural pressure cooker release 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 quarts


  • Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker


  • 12-14 apples peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • pinch salt


  • Place in Instant Pot and give a stir to coat.
  • Place lid on and set to seal.
  • Cook at pressure (manual) for 15 minutes.
  • Let steam subside naturally (do not use the quick release) before removing lid.
  • Mash if needed.
  • Then feel free to add some cinnamon or sugar if you like.
  • Dish up what you want now and you can easily freeze the rest.


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Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce

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