Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe

Easy Apple Butter in a Fraction of the Time

Recap from my live cooking demonstration at the Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival

If you haven’t been to the Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival, you have no idea what you’re missing.  Every year, people from all around the region gather by Pottersburg Bridge out in the middle of seemingly nowhere for a weekend of history, tradition, arts & crafts, music, food, and fun for the entire family.

I have personally attended a number of times and have always found it to be an entertaining event - and one which I was more than happy to promote through my live cooking program.


Speaking of which, I did a demonstration out there on the bridge discussing something else I enjoy about this time of year: apples. In keeping with the theme of the weekend, I was joined by none other than the talented bluegrass musician, Bill Purk.

Amazing apples are closer than you think!

For about 8 years now, my family has been going out to visit our friends at CherryHawk Orchard - located just East of New Dover off route 36 as you travel to Delaware.  It still frustrates me how many people in the Marysville area still believe they have to drive an hour or more to get fresh apples when there is an amazing orchard right in their backyard!  The fields are beautiful and the picking is always good with popular varieties such as Gala, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Enterprise, JonaGold, Braeburn, Granny Smith, and (my personal favorite) Mutsu.


You won’t find much of the “touristy” stuff there; just delicious apples.  However, they do host an apple butter festival every year that is well worth a visit: huge cauldrons over open flames cooking down and caramelizing into a rich, delicious spread.

Want to make your own apple butter?  You’re in luck!

Back at the bridge, I demonstrated how to make your own apple butter with my favorite kitchen gadget…

Say it with me, the Instant Pot.

Yes, I know, I’ve shown you how to make juicy pulled pork in under an hour using the Instant Pot.

I’ve shown you how to make tender, falling-off-the-bone ribs in under an hour using the Instant Pot.

Now you can learn how to make rich and sweet apple butter - which usually takes hours and hours to make - in an Instant Pot and (you guessed it) you’ll be done in under an hour.

Sound too good to be true?!  Well, if I proven anything with my other demonstrations, I am a man of my word, and the proof is in the pudding… or butter.  Watch the footage for yourself to see just how easy it is, then follow the recipe below to make your own.

Don’t have an Instant Pot yet?  Why not?!

Still have questions?  Read my review to learn what makes it such a kitchen game-changer and find out how to get one shipped to your door.

Once you have your fruity spread ready to eat, you’ll need some way of consuming it. Personally, I could think of a number of ways to get it into my face:

  • On toast or English muffin

  • Pancakes, waffles, or French toast

  • Use it to sweeten up some of Daddy’s Delicious Oatmeal

  • Give a fruity note to your home-made barbeque sauce

  • Mix it into your yogurt

  • Warm it up and pour it over ice cream

  • Garnish cheese and crackers


Now that last one is a personal favorite, especially when I have Heritage Lane Dairy cheese in the fridge.  Their farm is located just North of Marysville on Route 31, and you can find them at the Union County Farmers Market.

Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe

Yield: about 2 quarts
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 60-90 minutes

5# assorted apples (sauce varieties such as McIntosh, Braeburn, and Jonathan), washed, cored, and chopped into large chunks
½ c water

¼ c brown sugar
1-2 T spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger, apple pie spice blend)

  1. Place the apples and water in your Instant Pot.  Secure the lid and select the Pressure Cook setting, 10 minutes, high pressure.  When the cooking process is finished, allow to depressurize naturally.

  2. Remove the lid.  Add sugar and seasonings, if desired, and switch the Instant Pot to the Saute setting.  Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until desired consistency is reached, 15-30 minutes.  The sauce will reduce, thicken, and darken is it cooks. Stir to the bottom of the pot to prevent burning.