Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

Instant Pot Pumpkin – How To Cook Whole Pumpkin In The Instant Pot

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Instant Pot pumpkin comes out perfectly cooked and is truly effortless! Once you try cooking whole pumpkin in the Instant Pot, you’ll never make it any other way!

Instant Pot Pumpkin

Instant Pot is my favorite method of cooking pumpkin, and it’s twice as fast as baking it in the oven!  Instant Pot pumpkin cooks up super tender – perfect for homemade pumpkin puree!

I’ve already successfully cooked butternut squash, acorn squash and spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot, so the next logical step would be cooking pumpkin!

how to cook pumpkin in instant pot

Cooking pumpkin in the Instant Pot is extremely easy.  Just put the whole pumpkin in Instant Pot along with 1 cup of water and pressure cook on High pressure for 25 minutes, followed by a quick release.  That’s all there is to it!

An awesome thing about cooking pumpkin in the Instant Pot is that you don’t have to cut raw pumpkin.  Those pumpkins can be quite hard, and who wants to struggle with cutting it :)  You don’t even need to cut holes in the pumpkin for steam escape like you do when baking it in the oven.  When Instant Pot finishes cooking the pumpkin, it’s soft like butter and the skin is already split and comes off effortlessly!

Pressure Cooker Pumpkin

Of course, in order to cook the whole pumpkin in the Instant Pot, it needs to fit in the Instant Pot :) If the pumpkin fits but the stem prevents the lid from closing, just cut off the stem.  If your pumpkin is so big that it doesn’t fit, just cut it into quarters (or as small pieces as necessary) and then put pieces in the pot.  If cooking pumpkin pieces instead of the whole pumpkin, use the pressure cooking time of 15 minutes on High pressure.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Recipe

Once the pumpkin is cooked, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, then separate pumpkin flesh from the skin.

Cooked Pumpkin Flesh

To make pumpkin puree, simply process the cooked pumpkin flesh in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

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Instant Pot Whole Pumpkin

Cooking the whole pumpkin in the Instant Pot is so easy! Just stick the pumpkin in the Instant Pot, close the lid and pressure cook to perfection! Perfect for homemade pumpkin puree!
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Instant Pot
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Diet: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 88kcal


  • 1 pumpkin
  • 1 cup water

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  • Put a whole pumpkin and water in the Instant Pot. Close the lid (trim off the pumpkin stem if it gets on the way) and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 25 minutes on High pressure.
  • When the Instant Pot is done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.
  • Remove cooked pumpkin from the Instant Pot. The cooked pumpkin will be split and the skin will separate easily. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the pumpkin seeds with a spoon. Separate pumpkin flesh from the skin.
  • To make pumpkin puree, process the cooked pumpkin flesh in a food processor or blender until smooth.


If the whole pumpkin doesn't fit in the Instant Pot, simply cut it in large pieces and pressure cook on High pressure for 15 minutes.
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Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 1156mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 28944IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg
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2 replies
  1. Mariah Garcia
    Mariah Garcia says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is super easy! Thanks for sharing!! I followed the instructions exactly up until the point of the quick release, I forgot about it and it accidentally sat for another 12 minutes naturally releasing. When I finally did the QR and opened it up, my pumpkin wasn’t split like you said it would be. Does that mean that it needs to keep cooking?
    I cut it opened, skinned, and removed the seeds, but some parts of the pumpkin were a bit firm still, I’m unsure if it needs more cooking or if I should just blend it up and it’ll be fine! Thank you!!


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