This is an overhead image of a cooked acorn squash cut in half. The acorn squash sits on a white piece of parchment paper and is topped with a cinnamon pecan sauce. Recipe
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20-Min Sweet Pecan Instant Pot Acorn Squash

Instant Pot Acorn Squash takes only 5 minutes to cook and topped with sweet cinnamon pecans making it the perfect autumn side dish!

Prep: 15 minCook: 5 minTotal: 20 min
Servings: serves 2


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (honey or maple syrup also works)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Cut the acorn squash in half across the center.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and discard.
  3. Place 1 cup of water into the pressure cooker and add the metal trivet.
  4. Place the acorn squash into the pressure cooker and secure the lid no top, making sure the vent is sealed.
  5. Pressure cook on high for five minutes. The instant pot will take 5 – 10 minutes to come up to pressure and then start the cook time countdown. 
  6. After it cooks for 5 minutes, release the vent and allow the steam to vent all the way out. 
  7. Once the steam is vented, use tongs to remove the acorn squash from the instant pot. 
  8. On the stovetop, melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. 
  9. (Optional step) Place the acorn squash cut-side down for 3 – 5 minutes until the tops get a golden brown around the edges. Remove from the pan and place on a plate. 
  10. Add the pecans to the pan with the butter and cook for 1 minute until the pecans are fragrant. 
  11. Add the agave nectar, cinnamon, and salt to the pan. Stir for 30 seconds and then remove from the heat. 
  12. Pour the sweet pecan mixture on top of the acorn squash and enjoy!

Nutrition Info:

  • Serving Size: 1/2 the acorn squash
  • Calories: 403
  • Sugar: 16.3g
  • Sodium: 317mg
  • Fat: 28.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.7g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Protein: 2.7g
  • Cholesterol: 61mg
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