Pumpkin Puree | Pressure Cooker Six Minute Method

Pumpkin puree cooked in just six minutes when you make this in an Instant Pot!  This quick recipe can be used for all your sweet and savory fall recipes!

PUMPKIN season is in full force guys!  Are you starting to see all the delicious recipes you NEED to make?  

Get your list going because with this pumpkin puree recipe you can enjoy fresh pumpkin all year long!

Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Puree in a clear glass jar

100% Pure Pumpkin Puree

The beauty of making your own pumpkin pulp is that it tastes amazing and it’s 100% natural!

After reading this article, “What’s actually in your pumpkin puree ingredient intelligence” my suspicions were confirmed that all pumpkin is not created equal!  

I learned that some brands of canned pumpkin are made with squash!

Squash is from the same family as pumpkin, but pumpkin is pumpkin, right?!

Whole pumpkin for pressure cooker pumpkin puree

How To Choose A Baking Pumpkin

When you pick your pumpkin make sure you pick a baking pumpkin.  

The softened puree to be used in recipes are from the baby or sugar pumpkins.

The big jack-o-lantern type pumpkin that we carve into are not recommended for using in recipes.

In fact, baking pumpkins are very dense and difficult to cut into.

As well as picking the right type of pumpkin make sure that the the pumpkin doesn’t show any signs of mold.

Also make sure the skin is firm and there are not soft spots on the pumpkin.

That little guy that I picked up gave me 4 cups of fresh pulp.  You can make quite a few recipes with all that goodness!

sliced pumpkin for pumpkin puree

How to make pressure cooker pumpkin pulp

First, be sure to wash the pumpkin to get rid of any dirt that might be stuck to the skin.  

Then cut off the stem and cut the pumpkin in half to remove the seeds and guts.

See all those big gorgeous seeds?  Don’t throw them away!  Give this easy Roasted Cajun Pumpkin Seeds recipe a try for a quick healthy snack!

Then, place the metal stand in the pressure cooker and add 1 1/2 cups of water to the bottom.  

Place the pumpkin halves in the pot, cover and use the Manuel mode on high pressure for 6 minutes.

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Once the steam builds up and it completes cooking release the pressure valve.  Let it sit for a few minutes before removing the lid.

At this point gently remove the skin and cut the pumpkin in chunks or place all the pulp in a bowl and whip it with a hand mixer.  

Use right away, refrigerate, or freeze in 1/4 cup portions for future uses.

Recipes Using Pumpkin Puree

I bet you already have quite a few recipes that call for pumpkin puree besides the obvious pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake.

Your also might consider making the following recipes;

Sweet flavors

Savory flavors

Fresh pumpkin puree in a glass jar.

Pumpkin Puree | Pressure Cooker Six Minute Method

Fresh pumpkin puree using a pressure cooker. This six minute method yields tender pulp that can be used in all your savory and sweet recipes.
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree, Pumpkin Puree, Pumpkin Puree Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 8kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • Clean pumpkin removing any dirt stuck on the skin.
  • Cut stem off, then cut pumpkin in half. Remove seeds and guts.
  • Place metal stand in pressure cooker and add 1 1/2 cups of water. Place pumpkin in pot and cover with lid.
  • Use MANUEL mode, high pressure for 6 minutes. Once complete vent pressure and let sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Remove pumpkin from pot and gently remove skin. Cut in chunks or whip pumpkin to a puree consistency. Refrigerate and use within a week or freeze up to a month.


Be sure to use a baking pumpkin, not a carving pumpkin.


Serving: 1/4 cup | Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 1mg


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

Homemade Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Puree using an Instant Pot takes six minutes to cook. Use for all your fall flavored recipes. #Pumpkin #Pressure Cooker | www.thefoodieaffair.com
Learn how to make fresh pressure cooker pumpkin puree in just six minutes in an Instant Pot! This homemade recipe can be used for all your fall recipes! #pumpkin #InstantPot #DIYrecipe | www.thefoodieaffair.com
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  1. i use part of the skin in my pumpkin puree as well as the insides. it makes the color more orange like u would find in store bought brands. it grinds up fine with no lumps in my ninja blender. just be sure and clean the skin well before cooking it in the pressure cooker.

  2. What a great idea to make fresh pumpkin puree!! I always get the canned version, but, now I can make it at home using your recipe. I had no idea how easy it is to make it in the pressure cooker. This is going to save me so much money, lol! Thank you for including my pumpkin soup recipe. You made my day.

  3. Every year I tell myself I’m going to do this. Now that you’ve shared your recipe for using the presser cooker, this year is my year!

  4. Can I use my Instant Pot on manual mode in place of a pressure cooker? (Don’t want to look silly here, but I just got the IP and learning as I go!) Once I surprised my brother with a homemade pumpkin pie and he thought it was the best thing ever. I’d love to do that again!