Instant Pot Delicata Squash

Instant Pot Delicata Squash Recipe

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This Instant Pot delicata squash is amazing! So naturally sweet, this is the tastiest squash ever! Instant Pot cooks it perfectly!

Instant Pot Delicata Squash Recipe

I love delicata squash, this is my favorite squash!  As much as I love roasting delicata squash in the oven, Instant Pot always comes to the rescue when I’m pressed for time!  Baking delicata squash halves in the oven takes 40 minutes, while cooking them in the Instant Pot takes 10 minutes.  How’s that for time savings?  (If you don’t own an Instant Pot, learn more about it in my article “What Is Instant Pot”).

Delicata squash

I already successfully cooked other squashes in my Instant Pot (butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash, and even the whole pumpkin).  So I followed the same process for delicata squash, except the cooking time for delicata is less than other squashes because it’s softer!

How To Cook Delicata Squash In The Instant Pot

I like cutting delicata squash in half before cooking.  Unlike some other tough pumpkins and squashes, delicata squash is easy to cut.  Just place in on a cutting board and cut lengthwise with a sharp knife.

If you want to cook whole delicata squash in the Instant Pot, you can (just increase the pressure cooking time to 15 minutes), but then the problem is that the skin of the squash will explode (even if it’s pierced with a fork beforehand) and it won’t look as nice as 2 separately cooked halves.  Ask me how I know :)

How To Cook Delicata Squash In The Instant Pot

Cooking delicata squash in the Instant Pot is really easy.  First, cut delicata squash in half.

Delicata Squash Cut In Half

Next, scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard them.

Delicata Squash Halves

Next, put delicata squash halves in the Instant Pot along with 1 cup of water.

Delicata squash halves in the Instant Pot

Pressure cook delicata squash on High pressure for 8 minutes, then quick release (QR) the steam.  Top with butter and maple syrup and enjoy!

Instant Pot Delicata Squash

If you like Instant Pot delicata squash, you will also love cooking these other squashes in the Instant Pot:

Did you know you can make homemade pumpkin puree out of cook delicata squash?  Just blend it in a blender and use it in any recipe that calls for pumpkin puree, for example:

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Instant Pot Delicata Squash

This Instant Pot delicata squash is so delicious! Super sweet and smooth, delicata squash is the tastiest of all squashes! Throw delicata squash into the Instant Pot and it will cook it to perfection!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Instant Pot
Cuisine: American
Keyword: delicata squash, squash
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 39kcal


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  • Cut delicata squash in half lengthwise, then scoop out and discard the seeds.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot, then add delicata squash halves (cut side up).
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 8 minutes on High pressure.
  • When it's done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.
  • Remove delicata squash from the Instant Pot, and top with butter, maple syrup and cinnamon.


You can cook more than 1 delicata squash at a time (as long they are below "Max Fill" line in the Instant Pot). The amount of water and cooking time remain the same.
If you want to cook delicata squash whole (without cutting it in half), you can, just increase pressure cooking time to 15 minutes. Beware that the skin of the whole delicata squash will split, so the presentation will not be as good as when it's cut in half.
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Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1548IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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