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Instant Pot Acorn Squash

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Are you looking for a sweet, nutritious snack just in time for fall? This Instant Pot Acorn Squash is a delectable treat that will have your tastebuds craving more.

This Stuffed Instant Pot Acorn Squash recipe is filled with a mixture of ingredients and is packed with flavor. The squash is cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot, resulting in tender, buttery flesh that melts in your mouth.

If you love this recipe be sure to read how to cut and cook spaghetti squash.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Effortless Preparation: The Instant Pot simplifies the cooking process of acorn squash.
  • Sweet and Savory: This recipe balances natural sweetness with savory herbs and spices.
  • Healthy Choice: Acorn squash is packed with nutrients, making it a guilt-free meal.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Acorn Squash: The star of the dish, it provides a sweet and nutty flavor with a tender, creamy texture.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds a caramel-like sweetness and helps to enhance the natural flavors of the squash.
  • Unsalted Butter: Provides richness and a velvety smoothness to the dish, complementing the sweetness of the squash.
  • Dates: Bring a natural sweetness and a chewy texture to the dish, adding a delightful contrast to the squash.
  • Pecans: Add a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the squash and dates.
Ingredients For Instant Pot Acorn Squash

How To Cook Instant Pot Acorn Squash?

Here are the instructions for cooking acorn squash halves in the electric pressure cooker.

Step One: Prepare Acorn Squash

Cut the whole squash into halves. Scoop out the seeds and place into an Instant pot-safe baking pan or steamer basket.

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Step Two: Mix The Pecans And Dates

Mix brown sugar, dates, and pecans in a medium size bowl. Divide the mixture into the two acorn squash halves.

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Step Three: Place Squash In Instant Pot

Pour one cup of water into the inner pot and then place the steamer basket or baking pan into the Instant Pot.

Cut the butter into small pieces and add butter on top of the acorn squash filling.

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Step Four: Pressure Cook

Close the Instant Pot lid and set it for a manual high-pressure cooking time of 5 minutes.

Allow for a natural pressure release for an additional 5 minutes when the cooking time has finished.

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Step Five: Quick Release After 5 Minutes

After a 5-minute natural release quickly release the remaining steam.

Vent any remaining pressure.

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Step Six: Garnish and Serve

Carefully remove squash halves from the electric pressure cooker. Garnish with additional pecans and enjoy your delicious stuffed acorn squash!

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Cooking Tips

  • Cutting: First, cut off the stem end of the squash and then slice it in half from top to bottom. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon before cooking in the oven or pressure cooker.


  • This stuffed acorn squash is made with brown, sugar, dates, and pecans, and we all know how delicious they are. It is a sweet acorn squash recipe an can be used as a dessert or side dish. If you wish to have a savory Acorn squash skip the sugar dates and pecans and add salt and pepper instead.


  • Butter: You can drizzle olive oil on your cooked Instant Pot acorn squash instead of using butter.
  • Winter Squash Varieties: Acorn squash can easily be substituted in recipes calling for other winter squashes such as butternut squash or delicata squash. It can also be substituted for pumpkin in certain dishes, like soups and pies.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Store: To store your cooked acorn squash in the fridge, let it cool completely first. Then, place it in an airtight container and store for 4-5 days.
  • To Freeze: Let it cool completely and then place in a freezer-safe container or bag. Frozen acorn squash can last for 2-3 months.
  • Reheat: When ready to eat, thaw the squash in the fridge overnight and reheat it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 15 minutes.

What to Serve With This Recipe?

  • Serve this Instant Pot Buttery Acorn Squash as a tasty side dish or dessert for any occasion. The flavors come together so well in this pressure cooker recipe that is sure to impress any dinner guest.
  • For added flavor, top the stuffed squash with melted cheese before serving. And don’t forget the maple syrup drizzle for some extra sweetness.
  • Instant Pot acorn squash goes great with roasted chicken or turkey Breast, wild rice, quinoa salad and green beans for a well-rounded meal.
  • Instant Pot Acorn Squash can also be served as a sweet side dish alongside pork chops or steak.
  • If serving as a dessert, try it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Grab the ice cream scoop and maple syrup and enjoy this as a treat.
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What Is Acorn Squash?

Acorn squash is small and shaped kind of like an acorn. Acorn squash has a smooth, sweet, and nutty flavor, but can be stringy sometimes. Acorn squash is also known as Pepper squash or Des Moines squash.

Acorn squash is ripe when it has a deep, solid color and the skin can’t be easily pierced with your fingernail.

Pick acorn squash before the first fall frost. The skin should be hard and the stem should not easily break off.

What Does Acorn Squash Taste Like?

Pressure cooked acorn squash is sweet and nutty similar to butternut squash.

Why Cook Acorn Squash in the Instant Pot?

Cooking Instant Pot acorn squash is one of the easiest ways to prepare it. It cooks quickly under high pressure and is ready to serve in just over ten minutes. It’s faster than roast acorn squash but tastes just as good.

How Long to Cook Acorn Squash in the Pressure Cooker?

This recipe takes 5 minutes on high pressure in the Instant Pot.

It takes 7 minutes to come to pressure, 5 minutes of pressure cooking time and 5 minutes of natural pressure release time.

How To Store Acorn Squash?

Store uncooked squash in a cool, dry place for up to a month. Storing a whole acorn squash in the fridge will cause it to become soft and decrease its shelf life.

Freeze uncooked acorn squash half pieces in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Can You Eat the Skin of Acorn Squash And Squash Seeds?

You can eat the skin of acorn squash as long as it is cooked. The skin becomes softer and more edible when cooked.

Acorn squash seeds are edible and can be roasted like pumpkin seeds. They make a tasty snack when sprinkled with salt and spices.

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Instant Pot Acorn Squash

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

This Instant Pot Acorn Squash Recipe will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. This healthy snack is good to make for fall season.


  • 1 acorn squash, halved
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, unsalted
  • ½ cup dates, chopped
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped


  1. Add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Cut acorn squash in half and scoop out seeds. Put the acorn squash into an Instant Pot safe baking pan.
  2. Mix brown sugar, dates, and pecans in a bowl. Divide the mixture between each acorn squash half. Then cut butter into small pieces and put over the top of the filling.
  3. Close lid and set for a manual high-pressure cooking time of 5 minutes. Allow for a natural pressure release for an additional 5 minutes when the cooking time has finished. Vent any remaining pressure.
  4. Cut each squash half into 2 pieces. Serve and enjoy.


Cutting: First, cut off the stem end of the squash and then slice it in half from top to bottom. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon before cooking in the oven or pressure cooker.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 5gSugar: 34gProtein: 2g

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