Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree


While store-bought canned pumpkin puree is handy, nothing beats the flavor and smooth texture of homemade puree. It can't get any easier in the Instant Pot! Reserve seeds to make roasted pumpkin seeds, if desired.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
3 cups


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 sugar pumpkin


  1. Pour water into the inner lining of a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot). Set trivet inside.

  2. Cut around the pumpkin stem to make a hole large enough to fit your hand into the pumpkin. Remove stem, then remove seeds and stringy pieces from inside pumpkin. Place pumpkin with the cut-side down on the trivet. If pumpkin is too large to fit in the pot, cut in half and arrange both halves to fit.

  3. Close and lock the lid; set valve to sealing. Select manual mode according to manufacturer's instructions and set timer for 12 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove pumpkin from the pot and set on a rack until cook enough to handle, about 5 minutes.

  5. Scrape pumpkin flesh from the skin and place into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.

Cook's Notes:

Use a 3- to 4-pound pie pumpkin or sugar pumpkin for this recipe. Sugar pumpkins have more flesh and are much creamier with a less stringy texture than carving pumpkins.

Store pumpkin puree in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for future use.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

88 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 88
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 31mg 153%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 1157mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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