Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

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So, maybe you can’t find canned pumpkin or you just want to make it fresh from a pie pumpkin. Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree is the perfect way to make pumpkin puree simply and fast. We use pie pumpkins because they are the best pumpkins to use for this.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree in a white bowl with plaid napkin

However, you can use other edible pumpkins. That being said the times in the recipe card below are for pie pumpkins. If you plan to use a regular pumpkin then you will need to up the time per the size of the pumpkin.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree in a white bowl with plaid napkin

Pumpkin Timing:

For a pie pumpkin you will do 20 minutes with quick pressure release. For a regular pumpkin 30 minutes is a better time. If the pumpkin that was picked is thicker then more time might need to be added. The best way to test if the pumpkin is fully cooked is to insert a fork from the inside and make sure it goes through easily to the skin.

Pumpkin with top cut off on black cutting board

Cut off the top of the pumpkin. Be sure to remove all the seeds from the pumpkin. Place in your instant pot. If your pumpkin is too big for the instant pot cut it down into quarters or slices. Be sure to use the trivet so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the instant pot.

Trivet inside instant pot with water and pumpkin

We use quick release for this as we feel it cooks more evenly. Quick release is when you release the pressure as soon as the pot stops counting and beeps. Be sure to turn off keep warm after by hitting cancel on the pot.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree in a white bowl with plaid napkin

How Do I Know The Pumpkin Is Done

When you can insert a fork from the inside of the pumpkin and it easily goes to the skin of the pumpkin. This means the pumpkin is ready. Remove it from the pot and peel off the skin. Blend in a blender or food processor. This will allow you to bake with the puree or freeze for later use.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree in a white bowl with plaid napkin

We hope you use this more organic way to make instant pot pumpkin puree for pies and any pumpkin desserts. Add it to chili or use the pumpkin puree for classic pumpkin soup. My favorite way to use it is in ravioli’s .

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree in a white bowl with plaid napkin

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

Jenne Kopalek
Pie Pumpkin pressure cooked in the instant pot for pumpkin puree.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 1 pumpkin puree
Calories 54 kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pie pumpkin


  • Place trivet into the instant pot. Add one cup water.
  • Cut top off pumpkin and remove seeds and pulp strings from the inside. 
  • Place pumpkin into the instant pot. Place lid onto to the instant pot. Set the valve to sealed position. Press high pressure, pressure cook, or manual button depending on your pot. Set time to 20 minutes. 
  • Once the instant pot stops counting and beeps release the pressure by turning the valve to the unsealed position. 
  • Insert fork into the pumpkin from the inside and make sure it easily goes to the skin. That’s how you know the pumpkin is ready. If not, than recook for a few more minutes. Some pumpkins are tougher than others so adjust to the thickness.
  • Remove skin from pumpkin and then blend in food processor for use in pies, desserts, and chili.


Keyword Instant Pot, Pie Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Puree

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