Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

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Learn how to cook Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash) in 15 minutes! Easy, Healthy, Delish, low carb, gluten free, paleo substitute for pasta. A guiltless little treat 🙂

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Spaghetti Squash is so uniquely special because it has the magical abilities to turn raw yellow flesh into golden strands.

The first time I cooked Spaghetti Squash, I was so intrigued by its magical powers. I felt like a magician pulling strings after strings of scarves out of the small magic hat as I scrape the endless golden strands from the yellow flesh! hehe~

What is Spaghetti Squash?

Spaghetti Squash is a winter squash that turns into thin translucent noodly strands when cooked. It has mild, delicate flavor, with a refreshing light crunch and somewhat watery texture.

It’s low calories, low fat, low carb, rich in protein & antioxidants. Plus, it’s suitable for Paleo & Gluten free diets.

Check out these beautiful golden strands of healthy yum! ?

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How to Buy Spaghetti Squash? 

Here are some tips for choosing and buying Spaghetti Squash:

  • Outer Texture: Dry, firm, with no soft spots or cracks
  • Color: Even pale yellow (it shouldn’t have any green spots)
  • Appearance: It shouldn’t be shiny as that may mean it’s underripe or it’s waxed.
  • Weight: Hold it in your hand to make sure it’s heavy for its size.
  • Stem: Avoid spaghetti squash without stems. Plus, the stem should be firm and dry.

How to Store Spaghetti Squash?

Spaghetti Squash will have longer shelf life with proper storage = less food wastage! 🙂

  • Whole Uncooked Spaghetti Squash: Store in a cool, dry place in a single layer to allow air circulation. Don’t refrigerate uncooked & uncut squash, as it’ll spoil more quickly in the fridge.
  • Cut Spaghetti Squash: Tightly wrap the squash in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash is Great for:

  • Low carb, gluten free, paleo diet
  • Some people enjoy it as a low carb substitute for pasta, but don’t expect spaghetti squash to replace pasta because the textures and tastes are very different. However, the mild, delicate flavor can serve as a side with rich sauces or made into a flavorful main dish.
  • Easy & quick no fuss light, healthy snack or salad

Time for cooking Spaghetti Squash in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Learn how to cook Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash) in 15 mins! Healthy, refreshing, low carb, gluten free, paleo substitute for pasta.
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Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 - 4
Calories: 63.22kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 1 whole (1149g) spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water

Instructions

  • Prepare Spaghetti Squash: Use a sharp knife to cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise (see photos). Be careful cutting the squash as it is hard and slippery. Scoop out the spaghetti squash seeds and bits with a spoon.
  • Pressure Cook Spaghetti Squash in Instant Pot: Place 1 cup (250ml) of cold water and a trivet in Instant Pot. Place Spaghetti Squash in Instant Pot on the steamer rack, close the lid. Pressure cook at:
    a) For Al Dente Spaghetti Squash: High Pressure for 6 minutes + Quick Release OR
    b) For Softer Spaghetti Squash: High Pressure for 8 minutes + Quick Release.
    Open the lid carefully.
  • Serve Spaghetti Squash: Remove spaghetti squash from Instant Pot. Gently pull the flesh away from the skin with a fork to create long “spaghetti-like” strands. Serve the squash immediately with your favorite main dish or sauce.
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Recipe Notes:

*Note: The size of our Spaghetti Squash - Circumference: 15 inches, Diameter: 5 inches. You may need to adjust your cooking time depending on the size of your spaghetti squash.
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Nutrition:

Serving: 287.25g | Calories: 63.22kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.09g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 1.16g | Saturated Fat: 0.24g | Sodium: 37.63mg | Potassium: 220.26mg | Fiber: 3.06g | Sugar: 5.63g | Vitamin A: 244.74IU | Vitamin C: 4.28mg | Calcium: 46.91mg | Iron: 0.63mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: World
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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in Instant Pot Step-by-Step Guide

Ingredients for Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

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  • 1 whole (1149g) spaghetti squash*
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water

*Note: Size of our Spaghetti Squash – Circumference: 15 inches, Diameter: 5 inches

Tools for Cooking Spaghetti Squash in Instant Pot

1

Prepare Spaghetti Squash


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Why Cut the Spaghetti Squash in Half?

  • It cooks much faster & more evenly than cooking it whole.
  • It’s much easier & less messy to scoop out the seeds raw than once it’s done.

Cutting the Spaghetti Squash Lengthwise vs. Widthwise

Pros for Lengthwise

  • Easier to scoop out the seeds
  • You can eat it straight out of the squash – get creative and make a variety of Spaghetti Squash bowls

Pros for Widthwise

  • Easier to cut
  • You can rake out longer strands

So pick your poison. 🙂

How to Cut Spaghetti Squash?

  • First wash the spaghetti squash in cold water, then wipe it dry.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.

*Note: Be careful cutting the squash as it’s hard and slippery.

How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash?

  • Scrape out the seeds and stringy bits in the center with a spoon (as shown in photo below).

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Pro Tip: Instead of discarding the seeds, you can roast them like pumpkin seeds! 😀

2

Pressure Cook Spaghetti Squash


Place 1 cup (250ml) of cold water and a trivet in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Place Spaghetti Squash in Instant Pot on the steamer rack. 

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With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

Pressure cook spaghetti squash:

  • Pressure Cooking Method:
    • For Al Dente Spaghetti Squash (with a crunch): High Pressure for 6 minutes + Quick Release
    • For Softer Spaghetti Squash: High Pressure for 8 minutes + Quick Release

After the pressure cooking cycle, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

Open the lid carefully.

3

Serve Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash


Carefully remove the Spaghetti Squash from Instant Pot.

Note: the pressure cooker spaghetti squash will be quite hot, so be sure to use oven mitts.

Here comes my favorite part! 😛

Gently pull the flesh away from the spaghetti squash skin with a fork to create long “spaghetti-like” strands (as shown in photo below).

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Serve this tasty Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash immediately with your favorite main dish or sauce.

*Pro Tip: Top this Spaghetti Squash with our yummy umami Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce! 😀

Look at these magical strands of goodness! Enjoy~ 🙂

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Lou

Hi Amy & Jacky!
Thank you for taking the time to experiment and test all of these great IP recipes you make and send out to all of us, they are so awesome! Would you cook Butternut Squash basically the same way as the Spaghetti Squash depending on the size? Should it be cut in half, also and basically close to the same time? I look forward to your email each week and all of your new recipes.Thank you again so much.

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M C

How heavy was the squash you used and do I need to increase cook time if I use a bigger squash? Also, can this recipe be used for shark fin melon? That’s what we’re growing in the back yard.

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Sunshine

I’ve successfully made this in the 6qt with 7 min our preferred time. Does this cook the same (time and water) in the 8qt? Would we just increase water to 1.5 cups or does the time also have to change? Thanks!

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Andrea

Some people find it difficult to cut large, hard vegetables in half when still raw. This can be due to arthritis, strength, an inadequate or dull knife, or a combination. If it’s too difficult to cut in half, cook it part way to soften the shell. Then, taking care to protect your hands from the heat, cut it in half now that the shell is softened. Remove seeds then. Put back in the InstantPot and finish cooking. Use a fork to loosen some of the strands in the shell if you want, season and eat. Add more seasoning when you… Read more »

Patricia

Hi – I have a question about your nutritional information for spaghetti squash – it says: Nutrition Information
Serving size: 575g Calories: 178 Fat: 3.3g Saturated fat: 0.7g Carbohydrates: 39.7g Sugar: 0 Sodium: 98mg Protein: 3.7g Cholesterol: 0mg

Just wondering how that can be right – 178 grams of fat? Where does the fat come from?
Patricia

Sal

Hi there, thanks for the recipe. While you mentioned 8 mins under the HIGH pressure cook, and your cook time says 13 mins excluding 2 mins prep time. Confused me so but I’ll do 8 and then see how it turns out but just wanted to point out. Thanks!

Lori

I was wondering if you can cook two squash at the same time, if I would need to increase the cooking time and what not, or if I would ruin both squash and end up ordering take out for the night. My guys are big eaters and I want a little for myself at dinner.

Suzanne

Thanks for the easy directions, and the pictures! We just got our first Instant Pot and I’m anxious to try spaghetti squash in it.

Jenna

Great recipe!!! Came out perfect! To help in cutting it in half – I pierce the skin all over with the tip of a sharp knife then microwave for 2 minutes. Remove carefully (it will be hot). Cut the squash in half. It will still be a bit of work to cut it, but much easier than if you didn’t microwave it.5 stars

Werra Watson

Amy and Jacky- you are THE ONLY “GO TO” site for me for Instant Pot recipes. My husband who periodically does a no carb diet ALWAYS makes spaghetti squash. He has always microwaved it. I couldn’t stand it due to the texture (and I am a vegetarian). The first time I asked him to let me put it in the Instant Pot he said no. Now that he has loved EVERY recipe I have done of yours in the Instant Pot I asked him again last night he said YES. This came out perfect. I even dared to try some… Read more »

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