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Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe

Introducing the Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe: A Versatile and Mouthwatering Preserve

Indulge in the irresistible flavors of homemade apple butter with this incredibly easy Instant Pot recipe. Whether you’re looking to replace traditional jam or jelly or simply craving a delectable spread, this no-peel Instant Pot apple butter is the perfect choice.

What sets this recipe apart is its convenience. By utilizing the Instant Pot, you can enjoy the delightful taste of apple butter in a fraction of the time it takes with the traditional cooking method. Gone are the days of laboriously peeling apples. This recipe embraces simplicity, allowing you to achieve fantastic results without the extra step of removing the peel.

Despite its name, apple butter contains no actual butter. Instead, the name refers to its lusciously thick and soft consistency, reminiscent of butter. Picture a smooth, enticing spread that spreads effortlessly on your favorite bread or enhances the flavors of your baked goods.

So, what exactly is apple butter, and how does it differ from applesauce? Let me explain. Apple butter is a concentrated form of apple sauce, cooked until the sugars in the apples caramelize. This process gives apple butter its rich, caramel-like color and intensifies its flavor profile. While applesauce offers a chunkier texture, apple butter takes it a step further, transforming into the smoothest and most indulgent apple spread imaginable.

With this easy Instant Pot apple butter recipe, you’ll witness the magic unfold as the sugar in the apples caramelizes to perfection. To enhance its taste, we’ve seasoned it with a touch of cinnamon and clove, adding a warm and comforting aroma to the already enticing flavors. The resulting apple butter is not only heavenly when slathered on bread but also serves as an excellent ingredient in a variety of baked goods.

Beyond its deliciousness, apple butter holds additional benefits. It can act as a fat substitute in reduced-fat or fat-free cooking, making it a versatile addition to your culinary repertoire. For those following a vegan lifestyle, apple butter works wonders in vegan recipes, adding a depth of flavor while keeping your dishes completely plant-based.

In conclusion, with this easy Instant Pot apple butter recipe, you can savor the taste of a perfectly concentrated apple spread without the hassle. Delight in its caramel-like color, smooth texture, and enticing flavors, all achieved in less than an hour. (That made me think of caramel apples–but I’m back on track now.) Enjoy it on your favorite bread, elevate your baked goods, or incorporate it into your healthy cooking endeavors. The possibilities are endless, and the satisfaction is guaranteed with this versatile and mouthwatering homemade apple butter recipe.


instant pot applebutter on table with cinnamon sticks and apples

Use this Instant Pot Apple Butter as:

There are countless ways to enjoy the versatility of Instant Pot Apple Butter.

Here are some delicious suggestions to make the most of this delectable spread:


  • Start your day by spreading this heavenly apple butter on toast, pastries, pancakes, or waffles. Its rich flavors will instantly elevate your breakfast experience.
  • Create a delightful twist on your sandwiches by adding a generous layer of apple butter. It pairs exceptionally well with both savory and sweet fillings.
  • Enjoy apple butter with biscuits or cornbread for a delightful flavor combination that will leave you wanting more.
  • For a delightful treat, try combining apple butter with peanut butter. The two flavors complement each other beautifully, creating a mouthwatering spread for your snacks.


  • Incorporate Instant Pot apple butter as a mix-in for yogurt, oatmeal, or ice cream. It will add a burst of sweetness and depth of flavor to these creamy delights.
  • Use it as a marinade or glaze for meat dishes. The natural sweetness and aromatic spices in apple butter make it a perfect choice for enhancing the flavors of pork loin, pork chops, or chicken.
  • Add a dollop of apple butter to your favorite cheese platter for an elegant and delicious accompaniment. The combination of savory cheese and sweet apple butter creates a harmonious balance of flavors.
  • Jazz up your dips by incorporating apple butter into recipes like cream cheese dips or sweet and savory salsas. Its unique taste will bring a delightful twist to your party spreads.


  • Take your baked goods to the next level by using apple butter as an add-in for pie fillings, muffins, or classic oatmeal. It infuses these treats with a delightful apple flavor that will impress your taste buds.


  • Substitute Instant Pot apple butter for recipes that call for applesauce. Its concentrated flavor and smooth texture will lend a rich and indulgent touch to your culinary creations.

When it comes to choosing the best apples for Instant Pot Apple Butter, opt for soft varieties such as McIntosh, Granny Smith, or Cortland apples. These apples break down easily when cooked, resulting in a smoother texture for your apple butter. For the perfect balance of flavors, tart apples and mildly sweet varieties work best.

So, embrace the versatility of this easy Instant Pot apple butter recipe and let your culinary imagination soar. From spreading it on your morning toast to using it as a filling or flavoring agent, there are endless ways to savor the delightful taste of apple butter.

instant pot apple butter in jar next to instant pot appliance with apples in the background

These apples work best for this easy Instant Pot Apple Butter:

When it comes to making the best Instant Pot Apple Butter, several apple varieties shine in terms of flavor and texture.

Consider using the following apples, either individually or in combination, for optimal results:

  • Granny Smith apples: Known for their tartness, Granny Smith apples bring a vibrant and tangy flavor to apple butter.
  • Gala apples: Gala apples offer a mildly sweet taste with a hint of tartness, contributing a well-rounded flavor profile to your apple butter.
  • Fuji apples: Fuji apples are known for their crisp texture and a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, making them a fantastic choice for apple butter.
  • Jonagold apples: With a delightful blend of sweet and tart flavors, Jonagold apples add complexity and depth to your apple butter.
  • McIntosh apples: McIntosh apples are soft and tender, breaking down easily during cooking. They bring a naturally sweet taste and a hint of tartness to the apple butter.
  • Cortland apples: Cortland apples have a mildly sweet and slightly tart flavor, making them a versatile choice for apple butter.
  • Honeycrisp apples: Honeycrisp apples offer a satisfying crunch and a wonderfully sweet flavor that elevates the taste of your apple butter.

Feel free to mix and match these apple varieties, using two or three of them together. The combination will result in a well-balanced apple butter with a delightful medley of flavors.

However, it’s important to note that you can use any apples you have on hand or even a combination of different varieties to create apple butter. Experimentation with apple types allows you to customize the flavor according to your preferences and the availability of apples in your area.

During the cooking process, the sugar in the apples breaks down and caramelizes, imparting a beautiful caramel brown color to the apple butter. This natural transformation adds depth and richness to the overall flavor profile.

If you’re looking for more Instant Pot recipes like this apple butter, be sure to check out my Pinterest Instant Pot board for additional culinary inspiration.

Now, let’s dive into the deliciousness of Instant Pot Apple Butter. Spread it on pancakes, sandwiches, or even pair it with cheddar cheese for a delightful combination. Consider adding it to a cheese and meat board for a unique twist. It also serves as a fantastic filling for pies, particularly when spread on the bottom crust of apple or peach pies. For a touch of indulgence, enjoy it on croissants or explore other foods that perfectly complement the flavors of this Instant Pot Apple Butter.

And here’s a helpful tip: You can adjust the sugar content by either making it with no added sugar or adding a splash of lemon juice, depending on your desired apple flavor preference.

So, forget the slow and low method – let’s dive into the world of making apple butter in the Instant Pot and enjoy the delicious results in no time!

You may also want to check out my Pinterest Instant Pot board for more great recipes like this pressure cooker Apple Butter!



This no-peel Instant Pot Apple butter recipe so it's incredibly easy to make and cooking the apples in the Instant Pot takes a fraction of the time as the traditional method.

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings: Makes approximately 4 cups


  • 5 pounds of apples, cored and quartered
  • 1/4 cup water or apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional; taste test as the apples may provide sufficient sweetness)
    • Note: Using brown sugar will give the apple butter a caramel-like taste.

This no-peel Instant Pot Apple butter recipe so it's incredibly easy to make and cooking the apples in the Instant Pot takes a fraction of the time as the traditional method.

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe Directions:

  1. Add the cored and quartered apples to the Instant Pot. Pour water (or apple juice) into the pot and place the cinnamon sticks on top of the apples.
  2. Secure the lid of the Instant Pot and ensure it is properly locked into place.
  3. Turn the valve to the “sealing” position and set the timer for 20 minutes on high pressure.
  4. Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for approximately 25 minutes. Once the pin has dropped, carefully remove the lid.
  5. Discard the cinnamon sticks from the apple mixture.
  6. Using an immersion blender, regular blender, food processor, or potato masher, puree the cooked apples until smooth and creamy.
  7. Add the nutmeg, ground cloves, salt, vanilla extract, and sugar (if desired). Stir well to combine.
  8. Press the “Saute” function on the Instant Pot and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the desired consistency is reached. This process typically takes 15 to 45 minutes.
  • Note: It is recommended to use a splatter guard or place the Instant Pot on a mat to prevent splattering as the apple butter reduces.
  1. To test if the apple butter is done, dip a spoon into the mixture and turn it upside down. If the apple butter clings to the spoon without falling off, it has reached the desired consistency.
  2. Once done, remove the Instant Pot Apple Butter from heat and let it cool. Transfer to clean, sterilized jars or containers for storage.

Enjoy your homemade Instant Pot Apple Butter! For more delightful recipes, you may also want to try the Instant Pot Strawberry Habanero Jam recipe.

Note: Store the apple butter in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze it for longer storage.


Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter


Apple Butter Tips:

  1. No need to peel the apples: The apple peels actually contribute to the thickening of the apple butter. If you have a high-speed blender, you can blend the cooked apples, including the peels, to achieve a silky smooth texture.
  2. The peels serve as a natural thickener: As the peels soften and blend into the apples during cooking, they help thicken the apple butter naturally.
  3. Sugar aids in thickening: If you choose not to add sugar, the apple butter will require a longer cooking time to reach the desired thickness.
  4. Longer cooking time results in thicker apple butter: The more you cook the apple butter, the thicker it will become. Remember to stir frequently to prevent burning or sticking.
  5. For smoother apple butter, use cheesecloth: If you prefer a smoother texture and want to remove excessive pulp, consider straining the apple butter using cheesecloth. This will result in a silkier consistency.
  6. Proper storage: Store your delicious Instant Pot Apple Butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Mason jars work great for this purpose and can keep the apple butter fresh for up to one week. Alternatively, you can freeze it in freezer-safe containers for up to one month.
  7. Freezing for convenience: Apple butter is easy to freeze, allowing you to take out a jar whenever needed. Simply transfer it to a freezer-safe container and thaw as needed.
  8. Slow cooker alternative: If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can still make this apple butter using a slow cooker. Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low heat for approximately 6 to 8 hours. This method will yield a delicious apple butter with the same irresistible flavors.

Enjoy making and savoring your homemade Instant Pot Apple Butter, whether you follow these helpful tips or explore variations that suit your taste preferences.

collage of jar of instant pot apple butter

When you’re finished, why not give your Instant Pot a deep clean with this guide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Can I use different types of apples for this Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe? A: Absolutely! You can experiment with different apple varieties or even use a combination of apples to create a unique flavor profile. Tart apples like Granny Smith or sweet varieties like Gala and Fuji work well. Feel free to adjust the sugar content based on the sweetness of the apples you use.

Q: Do I have to peel the apples for this recipe? A: No, peeling the apples is not necessary. The peels actually contribute to the thickening of the apple butter and can be blended to achieve a smooth texture. However, if you prefer a completely smooth apple butter, you can strain it using cheesecloth.

Q: Can I reduce or omit the sugar in this recipe? A: Yes, you can reduce or omit the sugar if you prefer a less sweet apple butter. Keep in mind that sugar helps with thickening, so if you choose not to add sugar, you may need to cook the apple butter for a longer time to achieve the desired thickness.

Q: Can I make this recipe without an Instant Pot? A: Yes, you can make apple butter without an Instant Pot. Simply place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low heat for about 6 to 8 hours. The result will be a deliciously spiced apple butter with a similar consistency and flavor.

Q: How should I store the Instant Pot Apple Butter? A: Store the apple butter in an airtight container, such as mason jars, in the refrigerator for up to one week. If you want to extend its shelf life, you can freeze it in freezer-safe containers for up to one month. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.

Q: Can I use this apple butter as a substitute for applesauce in recipes? A: Yes, you can use this apple butter as a replacement for applesauce in many recipes. Its concentrated flavor will add a rich and caramel-like taste to your baked goods.

Q: How long does it take to cook the apple butter in the Instant Pot? A: The cooking time in the Instant Pot is approximately 20 minutes on high pressure, but keep in mind that additional time is required for the natural release of pressure. The overall process, including cooking and natural release, takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Q: Can I double or halve the recipe? A: Yes, you can easily adjust the recipe according to your needs. If using a smaller Instant Pot, like the 3-quart Mini, you can make a half batch, but the cooking time remains the same.

We hope these FAQs help you as you prepare your delicious Instant Pot Apple Butter. If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask!

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter

Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe

Yield: 3 pints
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This no-peel Easy Instant Pot Apple butter recipe so it's incredibly easy to make and cooking the apples in the Instant Pot takes a fraction of the time as the traditional method.


  • 5 pounds of apples, cored and quartered
  • 1/4 cup water, or apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar, optional (taste test as the apples may give it plenty of sweetness)


  1. Add cored and quartered apples to Instant Pot. Add water and place cinnamon sticks on top of apples
  2. Secure the lid and set the time. Place lid on Instant Pot and lock it into place. Turn the valve to "sealing" and set the timer for 20 minutes.
  3. Allow Natural Release. Allow pressure to release naturally, about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove and discard Cinnamon Stick.
  5. Use an immersion blender to puree apples. You can also move apples into blender or food processor to puree.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  7. Press Saute and reduce to desired consistency 15-45 minutes.


You don't need to peel the apples. The peels help thicken the apple butter and if you have a high-speed blender you can pour the apple butter in the blender and blend to the silky smooth texture.

Sugar helps thicken the apple butter. If you opt not to add the sugar, you'll have a little longer cooking time to get the apple butter thick.

The longer you cook the apple butter the thicker it will become. Just make sure you stir frequently.

Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 pints Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 131gFiber: 19gSugar: 103gProtein: 2g

Nutritional Information may not be accurate

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