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How to make Pumpkin Puree in Instant Pot?
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Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

Learn how to make pumpkin puree in Instant Pot effortlessly without chopping, peeling, and de-seeding.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree
Servings: 3 Cups
Author: simplyvegetarian777


  • Instant Pot 6 quart or Mealthy Multipot
  • Chopping Board
  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Instant Pot Trivet
  • Inner Pot for IP


  • 1 2.7 pounds PUMPKIN (pie pumpkin also known as sugar pumpkin)


  • We recommend that you read the whole post. It has many tips and suggestions.
  • First of all place the trivet inside the Instant Pot and plug it in. Place the trivet inside the inner pot. Add 1 cup of water to it.
  • Wash and clean the pumpkin thoroughly. Cut off the attached stem.
  • Place your Sugar or Pie Pumpkin on the trivet.
    Instant Pot pumpkin cooking
  • Close with the lid. Set the valve on SEALING. Press PRESSURE COOK MODE and set it on High for 17 minutes.
  • PRO TIP - This pressure cook mode time will vary depending upon the weight of the pumpkin. Most of the time it takes about 15 minutes for a 2.5 pound pumpkin to cook thoroughly. my 2.7 pound pumpkin took about 17 minutes. And 3 pound pumpkin might take 20 minutes. A 4 pound pumpkin might take about 30 minutes. So decide upon the timing as per the weight of the pumpkin.
  • Once the timer goes off, follow NPR (natural pressure release). Now test if the pumpkin is cooked thoroughly by piercing a knife through the cooked pumpkin. If it goes through smoothly, it is cooked. If not, then cook for 2 more minutes and repeat.
  • Take out the pumpkin and cut it from one side. It will peel off like butter. The shell of the pumpkin will slide off easily.
  • Now take a fork and remove the seeds and fiber from the middle of the pumpkin.
  • You can save the seeds and clean the fiber. Dry them out and bake. Eat as a healthy snack.
  • On the other hand, take the flesh of the pumpkin. Cool it and blend it in a blender with some water till it runs into a smooth puree. I did not do that. Rather I used a fork and mashed it down to a thick puree/pulp.
    How to make Pumpkin Puree in Instant Pot?
  • It is ready to be stored and used as needed.


How to incorporate Pumpkin in your daily diet?

There are many easy ways to incorporate pumpkin in your diet.
1. Soups and Bisques - Use pumpkin in place of Butternut squash in this PUMPKIN BISQUE recipe. You won't be disappointed. 
2. Cook it in IP for less time and then chop into pieces and bake. Season and eat.
3. Use it in your Latte Recipe to make Pumpkin Latte.
4. Add it to your dips and hummus.
5. Make beans, curries and dals with it.
6. Use it in your cakes and muffins and other desserts.
7. If you are open to international cuisines, then there are so many ways to use pumpkin in your recipes.

How to store Pumpkin Puree?

You can easily store it in an air tight container in refrigerator. It stays good for up to 2 weeks.

Can I freeze it?

Yes absolutely. Portion it out in different freezer friendly bags or containers. Freeze up to 6 months and use as needed.

Is it good for baby food?

It is great as a baby food. Dilute it with some water to make a smooth puree and use as baby food.

Can I feed this to my dog?

I have a 8 months old puppy and I feed her this puree few times a week. It is great  to regulate their bowel movement. Although confirm it with your vet about it first. 

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