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Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling Recipe

This apple pie filling recipe is so easy to make in Instant Pot and super yummy. Learn how to make it with just handful ingredients & simple instructions. Video attached in the post.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Pie Filling, Asian Instant Pot Recipes
Servings: 4 Cups
Calories: 193kcal
Author: simplyvegetarian777


  • Instant Pot 6 quart or Mealthy Multipot
  • Measuring Spoons, Measuring Cups, Stirring Spoon,
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Kitchen Colander
  • Inner Pot
  • Kitchen Spatula
  • 4 (8 ounce) Storage Jars or air tight container


  • 7 Apples including 5 Red Delicious & 2 Gala Mix
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar, dark may use light brown sugar too
  • 1/4 cup Regular Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1&1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Gingerbread Spice (heap-full) you may use 1 tsp Cinnamon or a combination of 1/2 tsp cinnamon +1/2 tsp nutmeg also.
  • 2 tbsp Butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 tbsp Corn Starch


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  • Watch Instructional Video attached in the post for better understanding.

Prepping the Apples

  • Start with washing the apples in a colander & then drying the apples with a towel. Set them aside.
  • Take a large bowl and lemon juice to it. Set aside.
  • Now take 1 apple at a time. Peel it. Either core it using apple corer or cut it close to the core with a sharp knife. Discard the core. Then cut apple into thick slices of 2 inches long and about 1/4 inch thick.
  • IMPORTANT - As you keep chopping the apple, keep tossing it in the bowl with lemon juice. Do it simultaneously, one apple at a time. this will prevent apples from browning. Toss well to coat them in lemon juice.
  • Finish all the apples likewise.

Making Apple Pie in Instant Pot

  • Place inner pot inside the Instant Pot. Plug it in. Add Water, Gingerbread Spice (or spice of your choice), Brown Sugar, Regular Sugar & Salt to the inner pot. Mix well.
  • Now add chopped apple slices to the pot along with lemon juice. Mix well. Add Butter.
  • Close the lid and set the valve to sealing. Now press the PRESSURE COOK MODE and set it on high for 2 minutes. As the timer goes off, follow QPR (quick pressure release). Open the lid. Give it a gentle stir.
  • Take out about 1/2 cup of hot liquid and add corn starch to it bit by it. Dissolve completely with a whisk or fork. Add this slurry back to the cooked apples. (If you want you can keep the corn starch slurry ready by dissolving 3 tbsp corn starch in 3 tbsp cold water. Whatever works for you.)
  • Press the Saute mode and cook the apples in corn starch slurry for 2-3 minutes till they start thickening. Once they start thickening, cancel Saute Mode. Take the inner pot out immediately to stop any browning or burning at the bottom. Give a good gentle stir, in a folding fashion.
  • Your Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling is ready.
  • Once cooled to room temperature, store in air tight container. Refrigerate immediately. Consume within 1 week. Or share with friends or neighbors.

Stove Top Instructions

  • Prepare the apples as per the +instructions given above.
  • Take a heavy bottom pan. Add 1&1/2 cups water, spices, sugars, & salt to the pan. Now add the apples. Bring it to a boil. Then simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes till apples cook down. Adjust water as needed.
  • Add corn starch slurry and cook further for few minutes till it thickens.


What kind of Apples to use for this recipe?

Honestly, you can use any kind or a combination of few kinds.
What I used - a combination of Delicious Red Apples & Gala Apples.
Other Options - You can pick any from the following or a combination
Delicious Red Apples
Gala Apples
Granny Smith
Honey Crisp
Or any other  variety available

Can I make Apple Pie Filling  on Stove Top?

Yes absolutely. Instead of Using Instant Pot, use stove top. Prepare the apples as you would for Instant Pot. Then cook them down in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat till it thickens. All the details are given in the RECIPE CARD.

What is the best way to cut apples for this recipe?

First, you'll need to peel the apples. Then, using a sharp knife, slice one side of the apple as closely as possible to the core. Repeat with remaining 3 sides. For every piece of apple, hold it cut-side down and slice evenly, about 1/4-inch thick.

PRO-TIP to keep Apple Pie Filling Chunky

When preparing, chop the apple slices slightly thick. If you will cut them too thin, it will become a mush.

How to Keep Apples from Browning?

Keep a bowl with lemon juice in it ready. As you chop the apples. keep tossing throwing them in the bowl and keep tossing them in lemon juice. Watch the Video.

How to store it in refrigerator?

When ready to refrigerate, cool it down to the room temperature first. And then store in clean air tight containers. Refrigerate immediately. Stays good for a week.

Can I freeze it?

Haven't done it myself. So can't answer that.

How to thicken Apple Pie Filling?

Corn Starch is your best friend. Make a slurry with water. Add it to the pie filling. Simmer till thicken.

Ways To Use/Eat Apple Pie Filling

  • Make a pie or mini pie
  • Stuff in your strudels or croissant
  • Make Empanadas
  • Fill your Galettes.
  • Top Oatmeal with apple pie filling 
  • Make a yogurt parfait 
  • Top ice cream 

Kitchen Gadgets for the Recipe

Measuring Cups and Spoons
Chopping Board and Knife
Kitchen stirring spoon
Kitchen Colander
6 quart Instant Pot
Instant Pot Liner
Mason Jars for Storing or any Air tight container.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg