Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to cook Instant Pot Butternut Squash. Cook the squash whole and then slice it easily and safely. Serve the squash puree in a variety of ways.

butternut squash cooked whole inside of an instant pot pressure cooker

Recipe Highlights

  • Cooked butternut squash is so versatile. It can be served plain, with a tad of coconut butter, ghee, salt, and pepper, or blended with other vegetables into a delicious, warming soup.
  • Butternut squash is incredibly high in beta-carotene and is naturally sweet. 
  • By cooking the squash whole in the pressure cooker, you don’t have to worry about peeling and chopping it, which can be quite dangerous.
butternut squash puree served with salt and pepper in a white ramekin

Recipe Steps

Step One

Place a whole, uncut butternut squash into the steamer basket of the Instant Pot with one cup of water. Lock on the lid and set the time to 25 minutes at high pressure.

When the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for about 5-10 minutes. Then, use the quick release to get rid of any remaining pressure. Remove the lid and use tongs to remove the squash to a bowl or cutting board.

Step Two

After the squash has cooled, cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and flesh. You will be delighted at how easy it to use cut into the cooked squash. You could literally use a butter knife to cut through the skin.

cooked butternut squash cut in half lengthwise on a cutting board

Step Three

Lastly, add whatever you want to the squash. You can sprinkle on some salt and pepper and use a fork to gently mash it, or you can add butter, ghee, coconut butter, or your favorite toppings.

You can also use your butternut squash puree to make a delicious Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup.

cooked butternut squash with the seeds removed

Is Butternut Squash Really Healthy?

Oh, you bet it is! This vibrant orange squash is chock full of beta-carotene, fiber, and magnesium.

Top Tips

  • Pick a small to medium-sized butternut squash to make sure it will fit inside your pressure cooker pot. Ideally your squash will be less than 8-inches in length to fit inside a 6-quart Instant Pot.
  • Serve immediately or store the cooked squash in a bowl with an air-tight lid in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Mash in a few tablespoons of butter, ghee, or coconut butter, along with some salt and pepper, and serve it as a healthy side dish.
  • You can also blend it with broth to make soup, or freeze it into cubes and add it to a smoothie.
whole butternut squash next to a bowl of squash puree

FAQs

Do I need to poke holes in the squash to keep it from exploding?

No, you do not need to poke holes in the squash.

Can I cook more than one butternut squash at a time?

Yes, as long as both squashes fit in the pot below the “max” line.

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Instant Pot Whole Butternut Squash


Description

Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to cook Instant Pot Butternut Squash. Cook the squash whole and then slice it easily and safely. Serve the squash puree in a variety of ways.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 whole butternut squash (less than 8 inches in length)

Instructions

  1. Place the trivet inside the base of a 6-quart or 8-quart pressure cooker. Pour in the water and then place the butternut squash on top of the trivet.
  2. Lock on the lid and make sure the valve is set to “sealing.” Set the time to 25 minutes on high pressure. 
  3. Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down for about 5-10 minutes. Then, remove the lid and use tongs to carefully remove the squash from the pot to a cutting board.
  4. When the squash is cool enough to handle, use a sharp knife to cut off the top and end of the squash. Then, cut the squash in half from the top to the bottom.
  5. Open the squash and use a spoon to scoop out and discard the seeds. Use your spoon to scoop out the squash to a serving bowl. 
  6. Serve immediately or store the cooked squash in an bowl with an air-tight lid in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

Notes

  1. Cooked butternut squash can be served in a variety of ways. My favorite way to use it is to mash in a few tablespoons of butter, ghee, or coconut butter, along with some salt and pepper, and serve it as a healthy side dish.
  2. You can also blend it with broth to make soup, or freeze it into cubes and add it to a smoothie.  
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pressure cooker squash, instapot, butternut squash puree

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