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Cooking squash in the Instant Pot is easy and quick! Below you’ll see how I do it. To make it even easier, consider getting an extra inner pot and glass lid. That way, when the squash is done, you can just remove the entire pot, set it aside covered with the glass lid, and continue cooking something else yummy in the Instant Pot. 🙂
See my post on Instant Pot Accessories if you want more info on the extra pot, lid, silicone rings or even what I use under my Instant Pot!
Acorn Squash in the Instant Pot
- 1 acorn squash
Put the rack in the Instant Pot and add a cup of water.
Thoroughly wash off the acorn squash. (I use water and a vegetable brush.) Set the squash on the rack.
Secure the lid, push the "Manual" button and set the timer for 15 minutes. (I live at 7,000 feet in elevation so it takes longer for things to cook. If you live at a lower elevation, then set the cooking time for about 8 minutes.) This is not all the cooking time that will be needed....it's about half the cooking time. But you'll see later why I do it this way!
When the time is up, do a quick release. Open the lid and let the squash cool for about 5 minutes. You don't have to do a quick release if you aren't immediately available to do so. The squash will continue to cook for a bit but that's fine.
Remove the squash from the pot. Cut it in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Assess how much the squash has cooked....is it half way done? More than half way done? That will help you decide how much longer to cook the squash for. Put the squash back into the Instant Pot.
Continue cooking the squash for however much longer you feel it needs based on how done it is after the first cooking session. It may need the same amount of time or less. This is where you decide the cooking time!
When finished, do a quick release....or not if you aren't available. That's what is so great about the Instant Pot....you don't have to tend to it all the time! Take the squash out and serve as desired.
You can drizzle a little maple syrup on it.....
Or top it with some chopped apples tossed in maple syrup and microwaved until crisp tender. Yum!
However you serve it, season it with lots of love!
Remember to adjust your cooking time to what altitude you are at. Since I live at 7000 feet it takes me 1/4 to 1/3 longer to cook things then it will for you. Once the squash is done cooking for the first time, I look at it and decide if it will need about the same amount of time, or a minute or two more or less. Larger squashes take longer to cook. For information on the Instant Pot see my blog post here.