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Easy Instant Pot Applesauce Recipe

This easy instant pot applesauce recipe is going to be your new go-to any time you find yourself with a bunch of juicy, sweet apples. It has only 1 required ingredient (haha, apples!) and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Instant pot applesauce in a bowl with a jar of appleasauce and some fresh apples

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This instant pot applesauce is so easy that you would be nuts not to make it. You don’t even need to peel the apples. And it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

fuji apples

What are the ingredients of Instant Pot Applesauce?

This is the truly crazy part. The only thing you absolutely need to make this applesauce is…. apples. Seriously, that’s it.

This recipe does include a few other ingredients including sugar, cinnamon, and butter, but these are all optional.

You can absolutely make it with just a bunch of nice, sweet apples. Add the sugar if you like it a little sweet (add more or less sugar to suit your personal preference).

If you want a bit of spice, add the cinnamon (again, add more or less to your liking).

And if you want a bit of a richer mouthfeel and flavor, add that butter.

Add a splash of lemon juice if you want a little tart tang, or a pinch of salt if it needs it to balance the sweetness.

chopped Fuji apples

What do you serve with Instant Pot Applesauce?

It is delicious eaten on its own, but I like to serve this easy Instant Pot applesauce with my famous potato latkes for Hanukkah.

apples in the instant pot with sugar and cinnamon

What are the best apples to use for applesauce?

You can really use any apples you like for applesauce.

I like to use Fuji apples since I love them and often have them around. I even have a fuji apple tree in my backyard.

Other good applesauce apples are Gala, McIntosh, or Honeycrisp. Or use a combo for even better flavor. Sometimes I’ll toss in one or two Granny Smith apples for their tartness.

overhead shot of apples in the instant pot with sugar and cinnamon

How long can you keep homemade applesauce?

Homemade applesauce with last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

You can freeze your applesauce in resaleable plastic bags (lay them flat on a baking sheet to freeze them.)

You can also can jars of your applesauce either in a water bath or pressure canner, just be sure to follow proper canning procedures.

low-angle vertical shot of homemade instant pot applesauce in a black bowl with a jar of applesauce and some apples in the background

How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce

Making applesauce in the Instant pot or pressure cooker could not be any easier. Here’s how:

  • Toss cored, chopped apples into the Instant Pot along with sugar (or other sweetener), butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, and/or salt if using.
  • Pressure cook for 5 minutes.
  • Quick-release the pressure.
  • Mash it all up.
low-angle vertical shot of homemade instant pot applesauce in a black bowl with a spoonful being lifted a jar of applesauce and some apples in the background
pinterest long pin for Instant Pot applesauce
Yield: Makes about 2 pints

Instant Pot Applesauce

square shot of homemade instant pot applesauce in a black bowl

This Instant Pot applesauce is super quick and easy to make. It's delicious on top of crispy potato latkes--or just eat it plain!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3 pounds apples (like fuji or a mix of fuji and granny smith), cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup sugar, honey, or maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. In the Instant Pot, combine the apples with the sugar, lemon juice, butter, cinnamon, and salt, if using.
  2. Pressure cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Quick-release the pressure.
  4. Mash the apples in the pot with a potato masher.
  5. Serve immediately or let cool to room temperature and then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 73Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 4mgSodium 34mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 2gSugar 13gProtein 0g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.


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By on December 2nd, 2019

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