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Instant Pot Pumpkin

Instant Pot Pumpkin is a simple side dish with tender pumpkin, nutmeg and brandy that takes just 20 minutes to cook in the pressure cooker.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 61kcal



  • Heat the Instant Pot on the sauté setting until hot and add the butter.
  • Add the pumpkin and brown for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the brandy and cook for 30-60 seconds.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (except sage and crème fraiche) and pressure cook on high for 3 minutes.
  • Release the pressure naturally for 5 minutes, then use the quick release to release any remaining pressure.
  • If the pot has too much extra liquid, simmer on the sauté setting for 5 minutes
  • Serve garnished with fresh sage and drizzled with crème fraiche.


  1. Cut your pumpkin into roughly the same size cubes for even cooking. They should all be about 2-inch pieces. If your pieces are larger, they may not be cooked when the pressure fully releases.
  2. To save time, look for pre-cut pumpkin at your grocery store.
  3. If you’re using a whole pumpkin, keep the seeds and treat yourself to these roasted pumpkin seeds.
  4. Avoid using larger carving pumpkins as they tend to be watery, stringy and lacking in flavor.
  5. Smaller pumpkins are more flavorful, tender and easy to peel and cut.
  6. If you’re having trouble cutting through your pumpkin, try microwaving it for a few minutes to soften it enough to cut through.
  7. Be sure to let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes as the pumpkin cubes will continue to cook during this time.
  8. Be careful not to overcook or leave warming in the Instant Pot for too long as the pumpkin cubes will start to get mushy.


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6496IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg