The easiest homemade pumpkin puree made in your pressure cooker (Instant Pot).  Minimal effort and just the good stuff is needed for this simple and mostly hands-off recipe.  Homemade pumpkin puree is thick, creamy, fluffy and sweet.  It will transform all your pumpkin recipes this fall!

Pressure cooker homemade pumpkin puree is actually life changing.  Once you try it you will never go back to canned.  It is completely different than canned in every way.  Canned pumpkin can sometimes have a watery texture and bitter taste, whereas homemade pumpkin puree is thick, creamy and slightly sweet.  The homemade version also has more pumpkin flavor and a vibrant yellow-orange color which clearly indicates how fresh it is.  Just look at the difference.  In the picture below, homemade pumpkin puree is on the left and canned is on the right.

It makes me wonder what they are even putting in/doing to the canned stuff.

All you need for pressure cooker homemade pumpkin puree:

  1. 1 sugar pumpkin (also known as a pie pumpkin)
  2. 1 cup water (for the pressure cooker)

That’s it!  Really!  No oil.  No salt.  Nada!

How to make Pressure Cooker Homemade Pumpkin Puree:

It all starts with a sugar pumpkin, also known as a pie pumpkin (not an ornamental pumpkin or a jumbo carving pumpkin).  A sugar or pie pumpkin usually weights 2.75-3 pounds.  

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

Forget roasting pumpkins which involves cutting an incredibly hard round pumpkin and scooping the uncooked seeds and “guts.”  With this easy Instant Pot/pressure cooker method all you do is put the pumpkin in your Instant Pot as is. 

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

I use the steamer basket and add 1 cup of water then cook it on manual high pressure for 27 minutes. 

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

I then immediately manually release the steam and remove the lid. 

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree


Once it is cool enough to touch you can easily slice it in half and peel away the stem and skin.