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Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling

This is the absolute best Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling recipe out there. This easy apple pie filling recipe is hearty and will bring rich apples, cinnamon and other fantastic spices inside to your famous Apple Pie. No need for canned apples in this homemade pie filling because we use fresh apples!

There are so many reasons to make your own Apple Pies for Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. They're so much better freshly made from scratch and nice and warm straight out of the oven.

Fresh apple pie filling ingredients in 5 minutes- you just can't beat that!

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Apple Pie filling in a jar in front of the Instant Pot.

Why You'll Fall In Love With The Best Apple Pie Filling

  • this recipe uses fresh apples, not canned
  • better than the Cinnamon Rolls Apple Pie Filling Recipe
  • easy to make in the Instant Pot
  • simple to double or triple for multiple pies or gift giving (see below)
  • great to make extra to toss in the freezer for later
  • perfection of fall flavors only using pantry staple ingredients
  • no added fillers, additives or artificial ingredients
All teh ingredients for the Apple Pie Filling recipe on the counter.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling Ingredients

  • apples
  • brown sugar
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • starch
  • vanilla
  • water

Tools Needed

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How To Make Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling

  1. Grab your apple corer and peeler and peel, core and dice your apples.
  2. Add all your ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  3. Mix everything together.
  4. Close your Instant Pot lid and turn the valve to Seal.
  5. Cook on MANUAL using HIGH pressure for 5 minutes and allow the steam to release naturally.
  6. Once finished, pour into jar for storing while you bake your pie crust.
Ingredients all in an Instant pot.

What Kind Of Apples To Use

As we recommend in our Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe (only found in our Fall Side Dishes and Drinks ebook) there are a ton of apples to choose from, but choosing the RIGHT one makes all the difference in your recipe and overall outcome.

For this recipe, we tried Fuji Apples, Golden Delicious (both soft and sweeter apple varieties), and Granny Smith Apples (a little more firm and tart). All worked wonderfully and tasted fantastic.

All About Apples FAQ

  • When to eat apples? It is best to enjoy your apples in the morning as they help with digestion throughout the day. Apples are also known to help you feel fuller longer.
  • Are apples good for you? You know that saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? It's just a saying to remind you that eating an apple frequently will help improve your health, mainly due to the healthy source of fiber in them.
In process filling for pie.


  • Trade up the apples you use- For the absolute best pie filling, we recommend using a variety of apples to bring out the best apple flavoring.
  • Add your homemade apple pie spices
  • Add nuts- some people like nuts in their pie, like almonds, pecans or walnuts. Think of your guests preferences before changing up this fantastic recipe.
  • Swap water- your Instant Pot needs some kind of liquid to work properly and avoid a burn notice, so we used water, but you can trade this out for apple cider or apple juice if you prefer.
  • Add some extra apple flavor- add a dash or two of our homemade Apple Crisp Syrup to your pie filling to really bring some cinnamon apple brown sugar flavors to life!

Tips & Tricks

  • Don't dice your apples too thin or too small or they'll turn to mush. If you find that you want more firmer apples, leave them as slices, don't dice them down. We'd even recommend using thicker slices.
  • If using smaller apples, you may need to use a few more so you don't end up with too much liquid or apples that become too mushy.
  • If your apples are starting to turn brown as you're prepping them, you can add a fresh squeezed lemon to the bowl you're holding them in.
  • Do NOT use a quick pressure release.
  • You may need to adjust the liquid level for this recipe depending on your Instant Pot requirements, please consult your manual if necessary.
  • The cook time for this does not account for the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure or go through a manual pressure release.
APple Pie filling on a wooden spoon.

How Long Do You Cook Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling?

Follow our directions for a quick and easy pie filling recipe. All it takes is 5 minutes to cook at high pressure on the Manual setting. Keep in mind that this does not account for the time that it may take for your Instant Pot to get to the appropriate amount of pressure or the time it would take for your Instant Pot to go through a Manual Pressure Release.

How To Thicken Apple Pie Filling?

Great question! Our Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling is pretty hearty, rich and thick, but if you like yours thicker, all you have to do is make a little cornstarch slurry and add it back to the Instant Pot and mix it into what you've cooked already before storing it in your Mason Jars.

To make a Cornstarch Slurry, all you do is mix a bit of cornstarch with water to make a slurry. Since we already use both of those ingredients, this doesn't change much of anything up except the consistency. It doesn't change the taste or anything else other than the thickness or consistency of your filling.

If adding a cornstarch slurry, we don't recommend trying to water bath can this recipe.

How To Make A Thinner Filling?

Add a little more water.

Pie filling in a jar.

What Else Can You Do With Apple Pie Filling?

We can think of SOOOO many ways to use this deliciousness! Here are some of the ideas we can think of easily. We hope you love them.

  • Try it on top of some homemade Pumpkin ice cream (our other homemade Mason Jar Ice Cream flavors recipe will be here soon!)
  • Double or triple the recipe and make an abundance of pies for a Bake Sale or to give to family and friends.
  • Add to your Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats in the morning before you enjoy them for breakfast.
  • Enjoy it by itself. We'd be lying if we said we didn't eat a spoonful or 4 before we jarred it all up.
  • Add a scoop to top off your Pumpkin Parfait (Did you know the Ball Canning Company shared this recipe on their Instagram?!?!? It's THAT good!)
  • Give it as a gift to friends and family. Make sure to grab your to and from tags in our shop and add a Made with Love sticker to the lid (also available in our Shop). This really adds a personal touch to your homemade edible gift ideas.

How To Store Apple Pie Filling

Super easy! We recommend storing your filling in a Mason Jar with a lid and screw top. This helps keep it safe. We also recommend storing this mixture in the refrigerator. Unlike storebought apple pie filling, this Instant Pot version doesn't contain any preservatives.

Pie filling in a jar.

How Long Is Pie Filling Good For?

If stored properly in your jar and in the refrigerator, your filling should be good for about 5 days. Honestly, ours doesn't last that long because it gets gobbled up.

Can You Freeze Apples?

Yes, you can freeze whole apples for 9 months in an air tight container or bag. You can also cut your apples and freeze them. Once you cut your apples, they'll most likely start to brown, so we recommend adding some lemon juice with the apple slices before you freeze them.

Can You Freeze Pie Filling?

You can absolutely freeze your filling. Put it in an air tight container and freeze up to 6-9 months. Make sure to label it and add it to your freezer inventory sheet.

Apple filling in a jar in front of Instant Pot.

How Do You Can Homemade Apple Pie Filling?

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, it is safe to use a Boiling Water Canning method to can your pie fillings.

For more information on safely canning your filling, please visit their site and refer to your canning manual.

Other Fun Fall Recipes

Grab our digital cookbook for all the best Fall Side Dishes and Drinks in a Jar. It's all of our favorite recipes on the site and a handful of ones that are EXCLUSIVE only to this book. Think holiday cookie and enjoying all the best fall flavors and wowing your guests will amazing dishes and drinks this holiday season.

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Here are a few more apple recipes we have collected:

How To Gift Homemade Food

Once you've made your Apple Pie Filling in a Jar. We recommend adding a Made with Love sticker to the Jar lid (grab yours in our shop) and then using a string, tie the To & From Tag to the Jar.

You can then add your label to the Jar sharing with your gift recipient what's inside the jar and any instructions they may need to know about prepping or eating the gift.

You can also include other notes like how to store it and how long it's good for.

Pie filling in a jar.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling

This is the best Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling recipe to add inside your homemade apple pie crust. This easy, 5 minute recipe is delish!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Mason Jar Recipe


  • 2 pounds apples (about 5-7 apples)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup water


  • Grab your apple corer and peeler and peel, core and dice your apples.
  • Add all your ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  • Mix everything together.
  • Close your Instant Pot lid and turn the valve to Seal.
  • Cook on MANUAL using HIGH pressure for 5 minutes and allow the steam to release naturally.
  • Once finished, pour into jar for storing while you bake your pie crust.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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Recipe Rating


Thursday 7th of September 2023

Super easy. I doubled the spices.

U. Yusuf

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Great recipe. Love that this needs no stovetop cooking with butter.