Learn how to cook Instant Pot Acorn Squash (Pressure Cooker Acorn Squash)! You’ll fall in love with the Buttery Sweet & Creamy Acorn Squash with caramelized Maple Butter Glaze. Super quick & easy, deliciously comforting taste of fall.
What is Acorn Squash?
Acorn Squash is a winter squash that is shaped like an acorn! Compared to other winter squashes, it’s relatively smaller in size.
The most common type of acorn squash has distinctive exterior ridges on its thick, tough, & dark green skin, sometimes with bright orange patches.
The sweet yellow-orange flesh tastes somewhat similar to butternut squash, but it’s slightly more fibrous and stringy.
Due to its tough skin, it’s very common to bake or roast acorn squash for pasta, rice, risotto, or served as a side dish. But acorn squash can also be sauteed or steamed. Plus, you can toast the squash seeds to eat!
You can make savory or sweet dishes with acorn squash such as stuffed acorn squash, mashed acorn squash, acorn squash curry, acorn squash risotto…etc.
Acorn squash is very nutritious, low in calories yet packed with vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
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Air Frying Method: Press the “Broil” button, set the Temperature to 400°F, and Cooking Time to 20 minutes.
*Note: It will take roughly 8 – 11 minutes + preheat time. You can open the lid to check the progress.
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Instant Pot Acorn Squash
Learn how to cook Instant Pot Acorn Squash (Pressure Cooker Acorn Squash)! Buttery Sweet & Creamy Acorn Squash with a brush of caramelized maple butter glaze. Super quick & easy, deliciously comforting taste of fall.
Prepare Acorn Squash: Rinse and pat dry the acorn squash. With a very sharp knife cut the acorn squash in half. Be careful! With a spoon, scrape out seeds and stringy bits in the acorn squash.*Pro Tip: You can save the seeds for later if you want to roast them in the oven.
Pressure Cook Acorn Squash: Add 1 cup (250 ml) of cold water and a trivet in Instant Pot. Place the halved & seeded acorn squash on the trivet. Lightly season with a bit of coarse salt. Close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.Smaller Acorn Squash (13" circumference) - Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release.Larger Acorn Squash (17" circumference) - Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 6 - 7 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release.Open the lid carefully.
Make Maple Butter Sauce: Melt 2 tbsp (28g) butter in a microwave or on the stovetop. In a small mixing bowl, mix 2 tbsp (30ml) maple syrup, 2 tbsp (28g) melted unsalted butter, a pinch of salt, and ⅛ tsp (0.3g) nutmeg (optional) together. The maple butter sauce will thicken as it cools down. Set aside.
Apply Sauce & Serve: Generously apply the maple butter sauce on the acorn squash & serve.
Optional - Caramelize Acorn Squash: You can use an oven, toaster oven, Instant Pot Duo Crisp's or Air Fryer Lid for this step. Option 1 - Oven/Toaster Oven: Place the acorn squash on an oven tray under the "Broil" function (or the highest temperature setting) for a few minutes until the maple butter sauce is caramelized. Option 2 - Air Fryer Lid: Place the air fryer basket with the tray on the middle rack in the Instant Pot. Place the acorn squash on the air fryer tray. Place the air fryer lid on Instant Pot. Press the "Broil" button, set the Temperature to 400°F and Cooking Time to 20 minutes. *For Air Fryer Lid: It will take roughly 8 - 11 minutes + preheat time.
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*Adjust Cooking Time: Be sure to adjust the pressure cooking time according to how soft you like your acorn squash & depending on the size of your acorn squash.*Rate Recipe: If you've tried the recipe, don't forget to Rate the Recipe in the Comments Section. Thank you!