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Applesauce in a shallow white bowl with sliced apples with pressure cooker and apples in background

Instant Pot Applesauce

Make a quick batch of Instant Pot Applesauce for a sweet and healthy snack! It cooks in minutes and you control the ingredients!

Course Dessert, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker applesauce recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 - 6
Calories 167 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 6-8 Apples (any variety, peeled, cored, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Water*
  • Juice of 1/2 of a Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon


  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Butter**


  1. Put the prepared apples in the pot with the other ingredients.

  2. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  3. Press the Pressure Cook (or Manual) button or use dial, and then the + /- button or dial to choose 4 minutes.

  4. When the cooking cycle ends, let the pressure cooker sit undisturbed until the pin in the lid drops down (also called naturally release the pressure).

    **If you are using butter, you can do a Controlled Quick Release, but do so gradually, to be sure no sauce spews out with the steam!

  5. When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid.

  6. Use a potato masher to mash the apples to the texture that you like.

  7. If the applesauce is too watery for you, press the Sauté button and cook it down as much as you like, stirring constantly.

Recipe Notes

*You don't need much water to bring the pot to pressure with apples as they contain a lot of water. ---------

**Butter is optional, but it does help reduce the foaming of the apples. If you choose not to use the butter, let the Instant Pot naturally release the pressure when it's done cooking. That will help ensure you don't get applesauce spewing from the steam release valve.