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Instant Pot Acorn Squash

Learn how to make Acorn Squash in the Instant Pot. Make this acorn squash with brown suagr butter for a simple and quick side dish recipe.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Acorn Squash, Easy Instant Pot Recipes, Easy Side Dish, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Acorn Squash, Side Dish Recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Natural Release Time 10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 178 kcal
Author Jennifer


  • 2.32 Pound Acorn Squash halved and seeded
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water for inside the inner pot


  1. Wash and dry the acorn squash. Place squash on a cutting board. Cut the ends of the squash off then cut in half with a sharp knife. I like to stand the squash on it's cut ends to cut in half. Remove the seeds from the inside of the squash with a spoon.

  2. Add water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Place the trivet inside the inner pot.

  3. Add both halves of the acorn squash onto the trivet getting them in as flat as possible. Place a tablespoon of each the brown sugar and butter into each half of the squash.

  4. Place the lid onto the Instant Pot, turn the steam release valve to sealing.

  5. Press the pressure cooker button (making sure that it's high pressure) adjust the cooking time to 10 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the squash. Smaller sized squashes may only take 7-8 minutes where bigger squashes will take 10-12 minutes. 

  6. Once the cooking time is done let the Instant Pot do a natural release for 10 minutes or until pin on the lids drops. .

  7. Carefully remove the trivet with the acorn squash still on it out of the inner pot.

  8. Pour the melted butter and brown sugar into a serving bowl. Scrape the squash from the skin into the serving bowl Mix the squash and butter mixture together. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Cooking times will vary depending on size of acorn squash. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Acorn Squash
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 923mg26%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1140IU23%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.