Instant Pot Apple Butter

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On a chilly fall day, there’s nothing better than a piece of toast slathered with this lovely Instant Pot apple butter. It brings all your favorite fall spices to the table.

» This would taste great on these Instant Pot Pancake Bites or Instant Pot New York Cheesecake.

Apple butter in a pot with fresh apples
 

Typically it can take hours to make apple butter. It’s not a quick process because you have to stew the apples and spices for a long time to extract the flavors and break down the fruit into a rich and flavorful spread. However, with the Instant Pot, that’s no longer the case. If you love these flavors of fall try this apple cider recipe.

You can actually make a batch of this delicious apple butter in the Instant Pot in just 45 minutes. What was once an all day process, which probably kept a lot of people from even giving it a go, is now super simple.

Something to note is that apple butter does not contain actual butter. It’s really just spiced apples that are cooked down and pureed into a super flavorful spread.

Apple butter in a pot with fresh apples

» Check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Cheat Sheet so you never have to look up times again for your favorite foods you make in the pressure cooker. Print or bookmark it so you always have it handy!

What You’ll Need

This recipe is fairly simple, with only a handful of ingredients.

  • Apples – I like to use two different types of apples for more flavor – Fuji, Honey crisp, gala, pink lady. There’s no need to peel the apples, but they do need to be cored.
  • Orange – I find that adding a little bit of citrus livens up the flavor
  • Cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and star anise – you can add clove too if you want. If you don’t have these in their full form, you can add a few teaspoons of ground spice, instead.
  • Brown sugar – the brown sugar adds a bit of caramel flavor so I recommend not substituting for white sugar, however you could use a brown sugar substitute to lower the sugar content.
  • Water – 1/2 a cup of water is enough for a 6-quart Instant Pot, but you’ll need to add at least 1 cup of water to an 8-quart pot.

How to Make Instant Pot Apple Butter

Wash the apples and then cut the cores out of them. You can leave them in halves or quarters. There’s no need to peel the apples. For the orange, I only use half of it, or it can be overpowering. So just slice about 3-4 slices and remove the peel. Pour the fruit into the Instant Pot inner pot.

Raw apples and oranges in the Instant Pot

Add the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and star anise. If you like more spice, you can add two of each. You can also add clove, if you like it.

Pour in the water and brown sugar. Stir it all up. Then Lock the lid. Press the pressure cook button and set the time to 15 minutes on high pressure.

After time is up, allow a natural release for 15 minutes, then turn off the Instant Pot and open the lid.

Cooked apples and oranges in the Instant Pot

Depending on how much water you added, the mixture might still be a little liquidy at this stage. You can scoop out some of the cider to make it thicker, or turn on sauté mode to let the mixture cook down for about 5 minutes. It really depends on how thick you want the butter to be.

Using an immersion blender, blend it up until it’s super smooth. You need to be sure to pulverize all of the apple skins. If you don’t have an immersion blender, cool the mixture and blend it in the blender in batches until smooth.

apples being pureed into apple butter

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.

How to Store It

Allow it to cool completely, then store in jars in the fridge. It’ll keep in the fridge for 7 days, so you’ll have to eat it quickly. If you don’t think you’ll be able to get through it, you can freeze it. I like to put it in ice cube trays and make cubes out of it that can be frozen for up to a year.

You can also can the apple butter, following a safe canning method.

Apple butter on toast with fresh apples

What to Use Apple Butter For

Apple Butter is a fantastic spread for all types of bread, biscuits, muffins, toast or pancakes and waffles. We also love to serve it with a cheese plate. It also goes well with pork, so you can serve it as a sauce with pork roast or pork chops.

Tips & Notes

  • Store in jars in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to a year. You can also can the apple butter, following a safe canning method.
  • There’s no need to peel the apples, they will cook down and be pureed in the end.
  • If you like more spice, you can add two cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and star anise. You can also add clove, if you like it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between apple butter and applesauce?

Apple butter is cooked down for a long period of time where the water cooks out. It is then pureed into a super flavorful spread. Applesauce is cooked less and usually has chunks of apples.

What are the best apples to use for apple butter?

I like to use two different types of apples for more flavor – Fuji, Honey crisp, gala, granny smith, or pink lady. Mixing 2 different types of apples will add more flavor and texture.

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Instant Pot Apple Butter

On a chilly fall day, there's nothing better than a piece of toast slathered with this lovely Instant Pot apple butter. It brings all your favorite fall spices to the table.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

5 from 31 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Pressurize Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 105 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 6 apples cored and cut in half 2 1/2 to 3 lbs
  • 1/2 orange peeled and quartered
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 nutmeg optional
  • 1 star anise optional
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • Wash and cut the fruit. Pour the fruit into the Instant Pot inner pot.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and star anise (if adding).
  • Pour in water and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Lock the lid. Press the pressure cook button and set the time to 15 minutes on high pressure.
  • After time is up, allow a natural release for 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot and open the lid.
  • Smash the fruit with a masher and turn on saute mode to let the mixture cook down for about 5 minutes.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, cool the mixture and blend it in the blender in batches until smooth.
  • Allow to cool, then store in jars in the fridge.

Notes

Store in jars in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to a year.
You can also can the apple butter, following a safe canning method.

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 148mgFiber: 3gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 76IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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