Are you hunting for an easy, delicious, and nutritious meal? Look no further than Instant Pot Acorn Squash! This tender and flavorful vegetable dish only take minutes to make in your pressure cooker, and it’s sure to become a crowd-pleaser.
We’ve taken this popular winter squash variety, seasoned it with simple spices, and cooked it until perfectly soft – then topped off our dish with buttery brown sugar sauce that is so delicious you won’t be able to resist! Make sure to pull out your favorite entertaining plate because, from start to finish, this recipe makes a visually appealing (and tasty) side dish that even the pickiest eaters will adore.
What Is Acorn Squash?
Acorn squash is a type of winter squash named for its acorn-like shape. It belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes other squashes and gourds. The skin of acorn squash is typically dark green, with deep ridges that run the length of the squash.
The inside of the squash contains yellow-orange flesh and a small seed cavity in the center that contains flat, cream-colored seeds. Acorn squash is commonly used in cooking and can be baked, roasted, steamed, or sautéed. It has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor and is a good dietary fiber, potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C source.
This is one of the most popular winter squashes for Thanksgiving dinner.
Why Cook An Acorn Squash In Pressure Cooker?
Cooking an acorn squash in a pressure cooker can be a convenient and quick way to prepare it. Pressure cooking allows the squash to cook faster than other methods while retaining its texture and flavor.
Here are some reasons why you might want to cook acorn squash in a pressure cooker:
- Saves time: Cooking an acorn squash in a pressure cooker takes less time than baking it in the oven.
- Preserves nutrients: Pressure cooking helps retain the nutrients in the squash to enjoy all its health benefits.
- Enhances flavor: The pressure cooker’s high-pressure environment helps infuse the flavors into the squash, resulting in a more intense and delicious taste.
- Softens tough skin: The tough skin of acorn squash can be difficult to cut and peel. Pressure cooking softens the skin, making it easier to handle and remove.
Cooking acorn squash in a pressure cooker is an excellent option for those who want to save time and enjoy a healthy, delicious meal.
Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Acorn Squash
Have you tried finding the perfect recipe for a hearty and healthy dinner? Look no further—Instant Pot acorn squash will surely hit the spot!
As delicious as it is nutritious, this Instant Pot classic packs in protein, vitamins, minerals, and fibers that are essential building blocks to any well-balanced diet. This is an easy recipe for the pressure cooker and the easiest way to cook your acorn squash.
Remember the step-by-step directions are below in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page, as well as the nutritional information.
- Acorn Squash
- Water: Chicken broth, vegetable broth, or beef broth
- Brown Sugar
- Butter: Use unsalted butter
- Optional: Maple Syrup, Pecans, or Pecans
How To Cook Acorn Squash In Instant Pot
Are you looking for a delicious and easy meal in your Instant Pot? Look no further than this flavorful acorn squash recipe! This dish is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
It will be ready to serve within minutes thanks to the Instant Pot pressure-cooking capabilities and a rich flavor that will leave your family warm and satisfied. This is perfect for the holiday dinner, with the sweet flavors. Read on for all the details about how to cook acorn squash in the Instant Pot!
Step One: Cut The Squash
Start by cutting the acorn squash in half. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and pulp with a spoon. Dispose of them.
Step Two: Season The Acorn Squash
In a small mixing bowl, mix the melted butter and brown sugar, and mix well. Using a pastry brush, brush on the butter/brown sugar.
Step Three: Pressure Cook The Squash
Add a cup of water to the Instant Pot Bowl. Place the trivet on the bottom of the pot. Put the squash on the trivet.
Press the pressure cook button and set manual high pressure for 4-5 minutes, ensuring the vent is sealed; when the time is done, do a natural release, releasing the remaining pressure from the pressure cooker.
Step Four: Serving
Remove the squash, brush with more melted butter, and add a sprinkle of brown sugar. Optional step: place the squash in the air fryer basket and air fry for a couple of minutes (1-2 minutes) to caramelize the brown sugar and butter sauce.
Here are some pro tips for cooking acorn squash in a pressure cooker:
- Cut the squash into even pieces: If you choose to cut it into smaller pieces for easier handling, make sure they are all about the same size to ensure even cooking.
- Pierce the skin: Before cooking, pierce the skin of the squash with a fork or a sharp knife a few times to allow steam to escape during cooking. This will help prevent the squash from exploding in the pressure cooker.
- Add flavorings: While cooking, you can add additional flavorings to the squash, such as herbs, spices, or a splash of citrus juice, to enhance its taste.
- Use a trivet: Placing a trivet or steaming basket at the bottom of the pressure cooker helps prevent the squash from sticking to the bottom and burning. Another option is a steamer basket or silicone sling.
- Don’t overcook: Acorn squash can quickly become mushy and lose its texture if overcooked in a pressure cooker. Keep an eye on the cooking time, and adjust as necessary based on the size of the squash and your desired level of tenderness.
Following these pro tips, you can ensure your acorn squash is perfectly cooked and flavorful.
How To Cut An Acorn Squash
Here are the steps to cut an acorn squash:
- Wash the acorn squash and dry it with a clean towel. Cut off the stem and bottom ends of the squash with a sturdy knife. Place the squash on a cutting board with one end flat.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the squash in half lengthwise, from top to bottom. Use a spoon, or ice cream scooper, to scoop out the seeds and fibrous strings from the center of each half. Cut each half in half again, creating quarters. Use a vegetable peeler or knife to remove the skin of the acorn squash if desired. Cut the quarters into smaller pieces, if needed, based on your recipe requirements.
Now you’re ready to cook your acorn squash using your preferred method: roasting, baking, sautéing, or pressure cooking.
Fqeutnly Asked Questions About Instant Pot Acorn Squash Recipe
Can you cook a whole acorn squash in a pressure cooker?
Yes, you can cook a whole acorn squash in a pressure cooker, but it may take longer to cook a whole squash than if you cut it into smaller pieces.
How long does it take to cook acorn squash in a pressure cooker?
Cooking time for acorn squash in a pressure cooker typically ranges from 7-12 minutes, depending on the size of the squash and your desired level of tenderness.
Do I need to peel the acorn squash in a pressure cooker before cooking it?
No, you do not need to peel the acorn squash before cooking it in a pressure cooker. The skin of the squash becomes soft and edible when cooked.
Can I cook other types of squash in a pressure cooker?
Yes, you can cook other types of squash, such as butternut squash, summer squash, or spaghetti squash, in a pressure cooker using similar methods.
What is the best way to season acorn squash for cooking in a pressure cooker?
To enhance its flavor, you can season acorn squash with various herbs, spices, and seasonings, such as salt, black pepper, garlic cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, and rosemary.
Can I Use Olive Oil Instead Of Butter?
Yes, you can use any high-heat oil, such as olive oil or a little coconut oil, instead of butter.
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Instant Pot Acorn Squash
- 1 acorn squash
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Optional: After cooking, brush with another 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
- Start by cutting the acorn squash in half.
- Scoop out the seeds and pulp with a spoon. Dispose of them.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the melted butter and brown sugar, mix well.
- Using a pastry brush, brush on the butter/brown sugar.
- Pour the water into the Instant Pot Bowl. Place the trivet inside the bowl.
- Put the squash on the trivet.
- Set the manual high pressure for 4 minutes, making sure that the vent is sealed.
- Do a natural release.
- Remove the squash, brush with more melted butter and brown sugar.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
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