A bite of unsweetened Instant Pot applesauce on a spoon hovering above a full jar

Unsweetened Instant Pot Applesauce

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 40 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Side Dish
  • method Method: Instant Pot
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This ultra refreshing Homemade Applesauce is easy to cook in the Instant Pot. You can make it smooth or chunky, tart or sweet – either way, it’ll be divine!



  • 4 honey crisp apples, cored and cubed (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 4 granny smith apples, cored and cubed (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 12 tablespoons of lemon juice


  1. To an instant pot, add cubed apples, water and lemon juice.  Using a spoon and stir to make sure lemon juice is coating all the apples.
  2. Cover instant pot and seal.
  3. Set to pressure cooker setting on HIGH for 5 minutes.
  4. Once done, let applesauce naturally release for 20 minutes. Then press the pressure valve to release the rest of the steam.
  5. If you like your applesauce chunky, smash up the apples with a potato masher. If you like it smooth, you could use an immersion blender or blend in a food processor or blender until smooth.


Makes 4 cups of applesauce.

Keywords: instant pot applesauce, homemade applesauce, unsweetened applesauce