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8 Minute Squash in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Bethany Wright
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 13 mins
  • Yield: 1 squash


Don’t have an hour to roast squash in your oven? No problem! Perfectly cook squash in 8 minutes in your Instant Pot!


  • 1 squash (butternut, spaghetti, acorn, etc)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Using a rubber malletand sharp knife, cut the squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and discard (or turn into a crispy snack!).
  2. Quarter your squash if it is large (so it can fit in the Instant Pot).
  3. Place a metal trivet in the liner of your pot and add 1 cup of water. (You must use the trivet for this method!!!)
  4. Arrange your squash quarters on the trivet.
  5. Put on the lid and make sure the nozzle is set to seal.
  6. Select the STEAM button (not Manual!) for 8 minutes.
  7. Once it has finished cooking do a natural release or quick pressure release. The flesh will fall away from the peel without any effort.
  8. Enjoy plain, with a splash of butter and salt, or use in your favorite recipe.