Instant Pot butternut squash is so quick and easy to make and can then use to make butternut squash soup or any number of other side dishes that require butternut squash.
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Skip the oven or microwave and cook a whole butternut squash quickly in the Instant Pot. It takes just 15 minutes compared to over an hour to become tender in the oven.
Really, the Instant Pot was made for tasks like steaming a whole butternut squash. It cooks the squash under extreme pressure in a fraction of the time, and it turns out perfectly tender without being overly roasted or soggy.
Why Use An Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.
Ingredients You’ll Need
This is probably one of the easiest recipes you will come across. Only 2 ingredients needed! Use this perfectly cooked butternut squash to make things like homemade ravioli filling, pizza, or warm and hearty soup.
- Butternut squash – When picking one out go for a squash with a solid beige color without cuts or bruises. Avoid brown patches or punctures.
- Water – You need water in the Instant Pot to help the pot come up to pressure.
How to Steam Butternut Squash in the Instant Pot
Wash and scrub the exterior of the squash. With a sharp chef’s knife, cut the butternut squash in half. You can also remove the stem.
Place the trivet in the Instant Pot inner pot. Pour in 1 cup of water. Set the butternut squash halves face up on the trivet. It’s okay if they overlap.
Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing. Press the pressure cook button and set the timer to 20 minutes. When the time is up, allow a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.
How to Use Butternut Squash
The butternut squash is perfectly tender when removed from the Instant Pot. It can be scooped out of the skin and used to make many different side dishes.
The most common side dishes are mashed butternut squash and butternut squash soup. But you can also use the flesh to make a filling for homemade ravioli or soup like these recipes from our sister site A Food Lover’s Kitchen. It also works as a puree to serve with pork chops, or to make a savory pie.
Tips for Cooking Butternut Squash
If you’re cooking more than one squash at a time, you can cut the squash into fourths instead of half so the pieces fit easier into the pot.
Leaving the skin on the butternut squash makes it easy to scoop out the flesh once it’s cooked. But if you want to cube the squash once cooked, you can remove the skin first.
Butternut squash can be cooked to tender if you’re going to cube it up and eat it as a side dish. For this, you’ll want to cook it for 8 minutes, which will be a perfect tenderness for cubes.
If you’re going to mash the squash or use it to make pureed butternut squash soup, you should cook it for 11 minutes, so the flesh is much softer.
If you want to add some extra flavor to your butternut squash, you can add spices besides salt and pepper to the flesh of the squash before cooking. Some I like to use are:
- Seasoned salt
- Cumin and chili powder
- Onion powder
- Cinnamon/sugar for a sweet treat
- Butter and sage
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Instant Pot Butternut Squash
Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot
- 1 butternut squash
- 1 cup water
- Wash and scrub the exterior of the squash. With a sharp chef’s knife, cut the butternut squash in half. You can also remove the stem.
- Place the trivet in the Instant Pot inner pot. Pour in 1 cup of water. Set the butternut squash halves face up on the trivet.
- Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing. Press the pressure cook button and set the timer to 8 minutes if you plan to cube it, and 11 minutes if you plan to mash it or use it for soup.
- When the time is up, do a quick pressure release.
- Butternut squash can be cooked to tender if you’re going to cube it up and eat it as a side dish. For this, you’ll want to cook it for 8 minutes, which will be a perfect tenderness for cubes.
- If you’re going to mash the squash or use it to make pureed butternut squash soup, you should cook it for 11 minutes, so the flesh is much softer.
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