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Instant Pot Whole Pumpkin

Easy instructions to cook a whole pumpkin in the Instant Pot in under 25 minutes.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Pressurize Time 15 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Pumpkin
Calories 236 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pound pumpkin
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Add water to the pot and insert the trivet.

For a pumpkin bowl

  • Cut the top off of the pumpkin and remove the seeds and pulp. Set the seeds aside to roast, if desired. Place the pumpkin on the trivet and lock the lid.
  • Press the pressure cook button and set the time to 7 minutes. When the time is up, do a 5 min natural release before releasing the remaining pressure.

For pumpkin puree

  • Place the whole pumpkin (no need to cut off the stem or dig out the seeds) onto the trivet and lock the lid.
  • Press the pressure cook button and set the time to 12 minutes. When the time is up, do a 5 min natural release before releasing the remaining pressure.
  • Remove the pumpkin from the Instant Pot and allow it to cool slightly before scooping out the flesh.

Notes

  • If you are using the pumpkin as a bowl, choose a serving-size pumpkin.
  • If you are using the pumpkin for puree, you can use a larger pumpkin, as long as it fits inside the Instant Pot. The skin of the pumpkin will pull free of the outside as it cooks and the insides easily scoop out with a spoon.
  • The pumpkin puree will keep for up to 5 days. If you don't use it by then, you can freeze it for 3-4 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 9gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 21mgPotassium: 3084mgFiber: 5gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 77229IUVitamin C: 82mgCalcium: 198mgIron: 7mg
Keyword Pumpkin
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