Instant Pot Fried Apples – Like Cracker Barrel!

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These Instant Pot Fried Apples are my favourite dish at Cracker Barrel!  Every time we visit the States and we are close to a Cracker Barrel restaurant, we have to stop in. These Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples sprang from my love of that particular side dish option.  

 Instant Pot Fried Apples

We hadn’t ever stopped at a Cracker Barrel until a few years ago, and once we did we were hooked! And now we have to get our fix at least one time whenever we visit the United States.  We recently went at Christmas we made it to a Cracker Barrel again, gotta get my fix.

When my apple tree gave me more apples this year than I know what to do with, I decided it was time to make some copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples. Why they are called fried apples I can’t figure out, because I am pretty sure that in the quantities they have to make them for a large restaurant they are using massive stock pots of these suckers. Perhaps at one point they were fried up in a skillet.

Which Instant Pot should I use to make Fried Apples?

We recommend a 6 qt or higher Instant Pot such as the one pictured below. Certainly, this recipe should work with any kind of pressure cooker or Instant Pot but during recipe testing, this is the one we used.

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Instant Pot Fried Apples

 These Instant Pot Fried Apples are my favourite dish at Cracker Barrel! These Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples sprang from my love of that particular side dish option
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Total Time
18 minutes
Instant Pot
Fast & Slow Cooking


  • 12 cups of sliced apples peel on sour apples like Granny Smith or home grown on the tree are best!
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3/4 cup of salted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup of apple juice


  • In a medium bowl, combine the cinnamon, pie spice, brown sugar and cornstarch until it's all mixed in completely.
  • Sprinkle over the top of the apples. Pour the melted butter and apple juice over top of the mixture. Stir until everything is coated. Place in the instant pot.
  • To pressure cook, use the high pressure option and cook for 3 minutes high pressure for thin apples, 5 minutes for medium apples and 8 minutes for very thick apples (if you use an apple slicer, these are the thick apples.) Manually quick release and either keep on
  • Use the "keep warm" button or serve right away.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 3437kcal, Carbohydrates: 580g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 141g, Saturated Fat: 88g, Cholesterol: 366mg, Sodium: 1332mg, Potassium: 2313mg, Fiber: 48g, Sugar: 488g, Vitamin A: 5135IU, Vitamin C: 71mg, Calcium: 657mg, Iron: 6.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Judy says

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. I used granny Smith apples and did not peel them. Better than cracker barrel…

  2. Lizz says

    Curious re amt of liquid in this recipe. Is it enough to allow pressureto build?

  3. Eileen says

    I do not have Apple juice on hand. Can I substitute

  4. HkkJ says

    4 stars
    Husband says was best cooked apples he’s ever had

  5. Steve says

    Disagree on the amount of liquid. Have tried this twice, and neither time did the pressure build before the timer started and the cooking completed.

    • Mike Johnston says

      Sorry to hear it hasn’t worked for you, maybe your Instant Pot is different?

  6. Denise says

    Any chance there is a way to do this without a instant pot? I have many appliances but not that one.

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