My Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling can be made in minutes and tastes superior to anything you can buy in a can. I make by Homemade Apple Homemade by combining tart apples with brown sugar, ground cinnamon and nutmeg, and with added cornstarch to thicken the mixture. Ready to be spooned into a pie case for the perfect apple pie.
Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling
We love all things Apple in our home, for me, alongside pumpkin, it’s the flavor I most associate with Fall.
From Apple Muffins for breakfast, Apple Salads for lunch, sliced apples for snacks, Apple Pork Chops or Chicken for dinner, and an array of Apple Desserts, it’s all on my table at this time of year.
Sometimes I’ll whip up various Apple fillings for the desserts as I go. Other Times, I’ll use my Instant Pot to make some Easy Apple Pie Filling to can and use later. It only takes minutes to prepare but can be used an a whole variety of different dishes.
This Best Apple Pie Filling recipe is obviously perfect in an apple pie, but is super versatile too. Use it is pies, tarts, crisps, desserts or any other sweet treats where the recipe calls for apple pie filling.
I hope your family enjoys this Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling Recipe as much as mine does!
What is Apple Pie Filling made from:
A homemade apple pie filling is made by cooking sliced apples and brown sugar together with a blend of optional spices. Cornstarch is added to the apples to thicken it.
How to make Apple Pie Filling with fresh apples:
- Use an Apple Slicer to slice your apples.
- Combine all ingredients, except cornstarch, in the inner pot of your Instant Pot.
- Close lid and set for a manual high-pressure cooking time of 1 minute.
- Do a quick pressure release when the cooking time has finished.
- Remove the lid, and stir the apples.
- In a small bowl, combine about ½ cup of liquid from the apples with the cornstarch and stir together until the cornstarch has completely dissolved.
- Turn the pressure cooker on to saute mode and stir in the cornstarch liquid mixture.
- Let cook while stirring on and off.
- The apple pie filling should thicken in 1-2 minutes.
- Turn the Instant Pot off and ladle the pie filling into a quart-sized jar or storage container.
- Cool on the counter and then refrigerate until you are ready to use.
Recipe ingredients & substitutions:
- APPLES: I use 5 cups of peeled and sliced apples to make my pie filling. I recommend using a firmer apple, something like a Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or similar. Granny Smith’s are ideal as they keep their shape and have a tart flavor, which work perfectly alongside the brown sugar.
- SUGAR: I like to make my apple pie filling with brown sugar as it has the richer, molasses flavor I’m looking for in an apple pie.
- SPICES: I add ground cinnamon and nutmeg to my apple pie filling as these flavors pair beautifully with the tart apples. The spicing is optional, so if you just want the flavor of apple, leave the spices out.
- THICKENER: I use cornstarch to thicken the apples by you could use regular flour or tapioca starch.
- Make a mixed fruit pie filling by combining the apple with other fruits like pears or plums.
- Play with the spices, I have used ground cinnamon and nutmeg which pair well with apple, but you could also add ground ginger or a pinch of ground cloves or allspice.
- Add some dried fruits like raisins or sultanas to the apple pie filling.
Where can I use apple pie filling?
This apple pie filling is ideal in desserts, but you can also use it in other sweet treats where apple pie filling is called for. Here are my favorite issues for it:
- apple pies or tarts
- apple crisps and crumbles
- great served warm on top of pancakes or waffles
- use it in an apple cake, traybakes or crumb bars
- makes great tasting apple muffins
- served as it is with a side of your favorite ice-cream
Recipe hints & tips:
How do you thicken apple pie filling?
I have used cornstarch to thicken this apple pie filling as it blends well into the apples. You could also use flour or tapioca starch. It’s important to thicken the apples as this will stop the base of your pie becoming mushy.
How long can I store apple pie filling?
Once cooked and cooled this apple pie filling can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Can I freeze apple pie filling?
Apple pie filling freezes really well. Once cooked and cooled, place the apple pie filling into an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Just remember to date the pack when you place it into the freezer.
Don’t miss these additional Apple Recipes here at When Is Dinner:
- Homemade Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake
- Apple & Pear Salad
- Snickers Apple Salad
- Gluten Free Apple Crisp
- Apple Oatmeal Muffins
- Cinnamon Apple Roll
- Green Apple Dumpling
- 5 cups peeled and sliced apples
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 ½ cups water
- ¼ cup cornstarch
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 40gProtein: 0g
These are a few items I find helpful in my own kitchen when preparing this Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling Recipe:
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and WarmerPyrex Glass Mixing Bowl Set (3-Piece)OXO Good Grips 9-Inch Better Wire WhiskBall Wide Mouth Quart (32 oz) Jars with Lids and Bands (4 Pack of 12)Prepworks by Progressive Canning ScoopUtenLid Apple and Potato Peeler, Corer, and Slicer With Suction Base BlackCalphalon Easy Grip Apple Corer Slicer