Pressure Cooker Apple Sauce

Where I live it’s apple season.  We have farmstand deals on giant boxes of apples and you can usually find apples for an extra great price at the store right now as well.  One of our favorite things to make at home is apple sauce.  We have a great recipe for  slowcooker homemade apple sauce, but I’m going to show you the exact opposite today: pressure cooker apple sauce.

apple sauce in pressure cooker

The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t really even need a recipe!  It’s SO flexible. I’ve listed 8-12 apples in the recipe, but really I just keep adding apples until I reach the “max fill” line on my pressure cooker.  And I have a couple different sizes of pressure cookers, and I don’t really alter anything.  I still fill it up to that max fill line every time.  If you’re wondering if you can do LESS apples, you certainly can, but just know that one giant pot of apples still only makes about 2 quart jars of apple sauce, so it’s worth it to fill that sucker up!

Pressure Cooker Apple Sauce

You’ll want them peeled and cored, and if you don’t have one of these apple slicer-corer-peelers, you need one! 

You can totally customize the flavors in your apple sauce.  I add a little bit of apple cider to mine to intensify the flavor, but for liquid you can also use apple juice, or even plain water.  At our house we love cinnamon in ours, and I also like to use a little sweetener.  Our favorite is pure maple syrup.  It won’t make it taste like maple really at all, it’s just a really nice undertone and I feel better about it than dumping in actual sugar (but let it be known that I’m not opposed to dumping in real sugar.)  If you want to skip out on added sweetener, you can just skip that part.

ingredients for pressure cooker apple sauce

I only add a bit of liquid, but don’t worry- it’s enough!  Those apples are loaded with moisture and as soon as the pot heats up, it will draw out the natural juices and you’ll have plenty to get your pressure cooker going.

Pressure Cooker Apple Sauce

You can also add other spices like a little nutmeg or apple pie spice. 

Pressure Cooker Apple Sauce

Once it comes up to pressure, I let it cook for 5 minutes.  Generally I’m not in a hurry, so I like to just let it hang out on the counter when it’s done and naturally come down to pressure so I can open the pot.  You can’t really ruin this- you just want the apples nice and soft.  It smells amazing!  

Pressure Cooker Apple Sauce

You have a couple options for turning your cooked apples into apple “sauce”.  You can just pop an immersion blender in there and whiz it around until it’s the consistency you like, or you can use of of my favorite kitchen tools, the food mill.  I have this one by Oxo and it’s nice and compact, and so easy a 2 year old can do it.  I actually use a slotted spoon to transfer my apples to the food mill and I leave the remaining liquid in my pot until after my apples are smashed in the mill.  This way I can control the thickness of the applesauce better and add back in all of the juices or just some if I want it thicker.  Generally I add it all back in though, because that’s where so much of the flavor is.

how to use a food mill

I like that the food mill gives it a nice even consistency.  

homemade apple sauce

We just pop this in a plastic container, or mason jar in the fridge, and it doesn’t last long at our house.  A lot of people like to eat it warm out of the pot, but I personally love it super cold from the fridge.  Try it with just a little brown sugar sprinkled on top, my kids think it’s dessert and that’s a total mom-win.

apple sauce in pressure cooker


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apple sauce in pressure cooker

Pressure Cooker Applesauce

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Hints of maple and cinnamon, along with fresh apples are cooked lightning fast in a pressure cooker in this simple homemade apple sauce recipe.  


  • 812 crisp, sweet apples
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Core, peel, and slice apples.  Place in a pressure cooker, filling up to the “max fill” line. Add apple cider, maple syrup, and cinnamon.  

Close pot and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.  Let pot rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking and then release remaining steam and remove lid.  (You can let it rest for longer than 5-10 minutes if you like, it’s flexible).

Either use an immersion blender to pulse to desired consistency, or transfer to a blender and pulse, or use a food mill.  

Store in fridge.  makes about 2 quarts.


Feel free to change up spices or play around with sweeteners!


Sara Wells
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

    1. If you want to process it in cans I would search for a recipe designed specifically for canning. Since this recipe wasn’t tested for that I can’t guarantee safety!

  1. Ever since I purchased my IP, I’ve made many batches of applesauce. I’ve experimented with differents kinds of apples. I also leave on the peels on most batches, but you do contend with some bits while eating but it is healthier. I put my extra in plastic containers and freeze.

  2. Usually I love the smell of making applesauce in the crockpot, but with 36 pounds of apples, I did a few batches of Instant Pot applesauce at the same time. This recipe was awesome. I usually don’t add any sweeteners to my applesauce, but that little bit of maple syrup definitely takes homemade applesauce to an even higher level of deliciousness.

  3. Can I bottle the apple sauce and store it on the shelf? Thank you for all of the yummy recipes!

    1. You really want to only can recipes that have been tested and designed for canning. This one is just for fridge and freezer!

  4. I made this yesterday and it is the best applesauce I have ever tasted! I don’t have a pressure cooker :'( so I just put everything in the slow cooker, and cooked it on high for 4 hours. Perfect! Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. I make applesauce every year, and I just throw all the ingredients in a large pot on the stove, cook for about a half an hour, then puree with an immersion blender.

  6. A few questions here: I have thought about making some homemade apple sauce for baby food. I already make the veggies, but have never done fruit. Can I do this without the maple syrup/any other sweeteners? If I do, should I just double the other liquid I use? I try to avoid any sugars (other than what comes naturally in the fruit…at least till my babies are a year old. I figure I have plenty of time to sugar them up after that..once they hit a year, it’s downhill from there). Also, will it still work if I add other fruits in to the pressure cooker? Like different berries? Sorry for all the questions!

  7. Yum! I just went and picked 12 lbs of apples with my friend today. I am so excited this post popped up on the day I picked the apples. I am going to can applesauce. Thanks, Sara!

    1. Oh Perfect! I’ve never processed this for canning, but it stays great in the fridge or freezer!