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How to Cook a Whole Pumpkin in an Instant Pot| Homemade Puree

It's easy to cook a whole pumpkin in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker! I'll show you step-by-step ... no mixer or blender needed.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword 6 quart Instant Pot, pumpkin pie, pumpkin puree
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Natural release 30 minutes; draining puree 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 2 1/4 cups
Calories 83kcal
Author Kathleen Phillips | GritsAndGouda.com
Cost 3


  • 6 quart Instant Pot


  • 1 2 to 3 pound pie pumpkin
  • 1 cup water


  • Remove the stem from a 2 to 3 pound pie pumpkin with a sharp knife and place the pumpkin on the trivet in the Instant Pot insert pot.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot with the seal in place. Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook for 23 to 25 minutes. (Twenty three minutes for a 2 pound pumpkin; 25 minutes for a 3 pound pumpkin). It took 13 minutes to come up to pressure and start counting down.
    Let the pressure naturally release (NR) after cooking 25 minutes. This took about 30 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the pumpkin from the Instant Pot using the trivet and pot holders to transfer it to a bowl or cutting board.
  • Using a large spoon cut away the pumpkin rind. It will be very soft and should just fall away.
  • Slice the pumpkin in half and gently remove the seeds and pulp. The pumpkin will be soft enough to simply mash with a fork or potato masher. Save the pumpkin seeds if you want to roast them.
  • I like to drain the pumpkin for about 15 minutes in a metal or plastic sieve to remove any liquid that might water out.
  • Yield: 2 1/4 cups for a 3 pound pumpkin


  • If you want to replace a 15-ounce can of pumpkin with your fresh pumpkin puree, measure 1 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons.
  • You can also weigh out 15 ounces on a kitchen scale.
  • Store your pumpkin puree in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
  • 83 calories per cup


Calories: 83kcal