How to Make Apple Chutney (with spices) in an Instant Pot

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Learn How to Make Apple Chutney in an Instant Pot with our easy 30-minute recipe. Chutney is a versatile condiment that can liven up mid-week meals by using as a glaze on chicken or pork, be spread on top of cheese and crackers, or poured into mason jars to give as thoughtful homemade gifts. This spiced apple chutney is made with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, garlic, chili, and honey.

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How to Make Apple Chutney

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

If you have ever wanted to know how to make apple chutney, then this is the recipe for you!

Chutneys are typically spicy and sweet, and they can be made to complement any type of food. If you enjoy Indian food, you’ve probably eaten mango chutney at some point, as it pairs perfectly with spicy curries.

This super versatile apple chutney can be used in so many ways. For example, it is wonderful as a tasty sandwich spread or as a decadent glaze for roasted chicken or pork. It can also be served with an assortment of different cheese varieties, cured meats, and crackers, or crostini for a delicious appetizer.

If you keep a variety of dried herbs and spices in your pantry, you may have many of the ingredients required to get making this Instant Pot chutney, and once you realise how simple it is to make you’ll be trying all sorts of flavor combinations!

A chutney is a family of condiments or sauces in the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent. A common variant in Anglo-Indian cuisine uses a tart fruit such as sharp apples, rhubarb or damson pickle made milder by an equal weight of sugar. Vinegar was added to the recipe for English-style chutney that traditionally aims to give a long shelf life so that autumn fruit can be preserved for use throughout the year. Indian pickles use mustard oil as a pickling agent, but Anglo-Indian style chutney uses malt or cider vinegar which produces a milder product that in western cuisine is often eaten with hard cheese or with cold meats and fowl, typically in cold pub lunches.

Recipe for Apple Chutney

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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Apple Chutney Recipe in the Instant Pot

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Recipe Tips

  • The chili garlic sauce used in this recipe is available in most grocery stores or online. It is spicy, so start with a small amount and add more to reach the desired level of heat.

How Do I Make Savory Apple Chutney?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Spiced Apple Chutney Recipe

Instant Pot Savory Apple Chutney

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Chutney is a versatile condiment that can liven up mid-week meals by using as a glaze on chicken or pork, be spread on top of cheese and crackers, or poured into mason jars to give as thoughtful homemade gifts.


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp whole cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tsp garlic chili sauce
  • 4 large apples, cored and peeled
  • 1 large orange, peeled and chopped, with juice
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest, preferably organic


  1. Select the “Sauté” function and adjust to the highest setting. Add olive oil. Once hot, add the red onion, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seed, and salt. Stir to combine and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent, and the spices are fragrant.
  2. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and deglaze the pot by gently scraping the bottom with a spatula to loosen any browned bits.
  3. Add the honey, garlic chili sauce, apples, orange, and orange zest. Stir to combine and turn the unit off.
  4. Cover and lock the lid into place. Flip the pressure valve to “Sealing” and select the “Manual” setting on high for 3 minutes.
  5. When the cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Then do a quick release for any remaining pressure. Once the pin drops and no more steam escapes, carefully remove the lid and set it aside.
  6. Select the “Sauté” function and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Heat for 1-2 minutes, while stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, and the excess liquid is reduced.
  7. Turn the unit off and either use the chutney immediately or store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to one week. Enjoy!

    Apple Chutney in Jars

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 37gProtein: 1g

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