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Easy Chutney Recipe - Instant Pot Apple Chutney Relish

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Whip up this easy chutney recipe that is an apple chutney. Loaded with sweet, warm spices, tart, and a kick of spice. Instant Pot apple chutney relish will wow you in how fast it comes together.

If you have some fresh apples on hand, you might really enjoy this recipe. This is a fun version that is delicious all year round.

Or if you happen to go apple picking, make sure to grab extra for this homemade chutney relish.

Chutney's origin began with Indian chutney. Basically, a sweet relish recipe, how to make chutney is pretty simple with vinegar and sugar.

And, chutney apple recipes, Indian food, or whatever else you like to serve chutney with is always a delicious meal idea. We like to serve this tasty apple chutney with our air fryer pork chops or an ip chicken recipe.

apple chutney in jar

What is chutney?

Chutney can be made with many ingredients from fresh herbs, fruit, and more. You will find chutney can range from savory, tangy, sweet, and warm spice filled flavors.

Chutney is used to compliment select dishes, pair with other ingredients and more.

What do we call chutney in English?

Depending on where you live you might call this an apple relish, apple chutney, etc. All locations around the world offer different words for this recipe.

No matter what you choose to call it, one thing is for sure, this apple onion chutney sauce is incredible. You'll probably also love our easy Instant Pot Mango Chutney recipe. Delish. This chow chow recipe is also amazing.

How do you eat fruit chutney?

I absolutely love this apple chutney for pork chops! It makes the perfect sweet and savory you enjoy in pork recipes. This is exactly why a lot of people eat pork chops with applesauce.

You can essentially eat chutney with anything you would like.

spoonful of apple chutney

What is relish made of

  • Oil
  • Red Onion
  • Apples
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Orange and Orange Zest

Equipment Used to Make Sweet Chutney

  • Garlic chili sauce - A tasty addition to this recipe.
  • Citrus zester - Our recommendation comes with a protector glove for zesting or grating, so you won't slice your fingers. Game-changer!
  • Apple corer - You'll love how easy it is to core apples with this accessory.
  • Apple peeler - Peel fruits or vegetables fast and easy with this peeler.
  • Garlic press - I use this instead of mincing or chopping garlic. It makes prep so much faster.
  • Pint jars - I like to store the chutney in pint-size jars in the refrigerator. Of course, if you can the chutney, then you'll need to follow processing ingredients (not included), and only then would your chutney be pantry shelf-safe. As is, this recipe needs to be refrigerated.
apple chutney in jars

How To Make Instant Pot Apple Chutney

Turn the saute function on and add in your oil along with red onions and spices. You will stir randomly, allowing the spices to become fragrant and the onions to cook down.

Next pour in the ACV (apple cider vinegar) and deglaze the pan, this is important to prevent getting a burn notice. Add in the remaining ingredients and give a quick stir to mix.

Place the lid on and make sure the valve is set to sealing. Pressure cook 3 minutes followed by a 5 minute natural release.

Once you open the lid turns the saute mode on to help thicken up the mixture a bit, as directed in the recipe card.

Other Chutney Ideas

  • Mint chutney
  • Chutney with cabbage, onions, and apple
  • Mustard seed
  • Celery seed
  • Golden raisins
  • Coconut chutney
  • Pickled cucumber chutney

Recipe FAQs

How to store homemade relish?

You will need to place your apple relish in an airtight container. Then store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Give a good stir, and then use as you would like.

Which vinegar is best for chutney?

For this particular apple chutney, I found that apple cider vinegar really complimented the flavors of the ingredients used.

What do you eat apple chutney with?

Pair your chutney with pork, make a grilled cheese, top a biscuit, etc. There is no wrong way to serve up this tasty apple chutney recipe.

Can I use old jam jars for chutney?

Wash and sterilize old jam jars and use them to store chutney and other items. I love to re-use jam jars.

Can I add pears to apple chutney recipe?

Apple and pears work perfectly together in this recipe. Feel free to add in half apples and half pears if you would like. I think you might enjoy the flavor pairing.

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Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Apple Chutney

apple chutney in jars

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 gluten-free crackers or crostini for a delicious appetizer.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


    1. Select the “Sauté” function and adjust to highest setting. Add olive oil. Once hot, add the red onion, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seed, and salt. Stir to combine and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent, and the spices are fragrant, approximately 4-5 minutes.
    2. Pour in the cider vinegar and deglaze the pot by gently scraping the bottom with a spatula to loosen any browned bits. Add the honey, garlic chili sauce, apples, orange, and orange zest. Stir to combine and turn the unit off.
    3. Cover and lock the lid into place. Flip the pressure valve to “Sealing” and select the “Manual” setting on high for 3 minutes.
    4. 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 aside.
    5. Select the “Sauté” function and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Heat, while stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, and the excess liquid is reduced, approximately 1-2 minutes.
    6. Turn the unit off and either use immediately or store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to one week.


The garlic chili 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.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 300Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 17mgSodium 461mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 5gSugar 41gProtein 7g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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