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instant pot pumpkin puree spooned into ice cube trays and in freezer bag

Instant Pot Pumpkin

Learn how to make fresh homemade Instant Pot pumpkin puree. Super easy and a great way to use pumpkins leftover from Halloween. Also instructions for how to steam pumpkin.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • Instant Pot with steamer insert
  • Stock Pot with steamer basket


  • 1 Pie Pumpkin or Jack-o-lantern pumpkin top cut off and seeded
  • 1-2 cups water


  • Cut the top off your pumpkin, and scoop out all your seeds
  • Add 1 cup of water to your Instant pot, and place the steamer trivet in the insert. Add your pumpkin.
  • Close lid, and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Do a quick pressure release, and remove from the pot. Allow to cool.
  • When cool to the touch, scoop out flesh and strain out excess water if desired.
  • Place in a blender or food processor, and blend till smooth.
  • Portion puree either in freezer cube trays or in an air-tight freezer bag.
  • Store puree in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


If you are using the stove-top steam method, place 2 cups of water in a large stock pot, and add a steamer basket to the pot. Place pumpkin in the pot and cover with a lid. Steam on medium-low for roughly 20 minutes, or until flesh is fork tender. 
You can use carved pumpkins that were freshly carved, but cook within 1 day of carving. If left outside, make sure to rinse off any dust or debris from pumpkin before cooking.
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