Instant Pot spaghetti squash is my new go-to method for cooking spaghetti squash. Yes that’s right, I finally caved and bought an Instant Pot. I had been thinking about it a lot last year, but never got around to actually purchasing one. I decided that this year would be different, and this spaghetti squash is probably my favorite thing I’ve cooked so far.
Why? Well, let me tell you!
WHY INSTANT POT SPAGHETTI SQUASH IS THE BEST It’s a faster method for cooking spaghetti squash The Instant Pot does all of the work, so you don’t have to guess when the squash is done HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT SPAGHETTI SQUASH
Slice the spaghetti squash: The first step in any spaghetti squash recipe is to slice it. I like to slice my length-ways, using a sharp knife. However, if your spaghetti squash is extra large, I’d slice is horizontally.
Remove the seeds: Once the squash is sliced in half, use a spoon to remove the seeds. You can discard them or save them and roast them (similarly to how you would pumpkin seeds!)
Add water to the pot: Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of your Instant Pot, then place the wire rack into the bottom of it and add the spaghetti squash face down into the pot.
Set the timer and cook: Press “pressure cook” and set the timer for 8-12 minutes. If your squash is on the smaller side, set it for 8 minutes, and if it’s on the larger side, then 12 minutes is the way to go. It will take 10 minutes or so to heat up, then it will start counting down from 10 until it’s done. Wait 5 minutes after it’s done cooking to manually release the pressure.
Scoop out the “spaghetti”: Once the squash has cooled down a bit, use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti. It should be really easy to scrape out, so this is usually the fun part!
HOW LONG DOES SPAGHETTI SQUASH LAST?
Uncooked spaghetti squash can last for months if stored at room temperature. Cooked spaghetti squash lasts for up to a week if stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
WHAT CAN I MAKE WITH SPAGHETTI SQUASH?
My two favorite spaghetti squash recipes are my caramelized onion spaghetti squash and my spaghetti squash pasta (pictured below).
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
Learn how to make spaghetti squash in your Instant Pot! It's faster than making it in the oven, and mess-free, too.
1 medium/large spaghetti squash 1 cup water
Use a sharp knife to slice spaghetti squash length-ways. Then, use a spoon to scrape out the seeds.
Pour water into the bottom of your Instant Pot, then place the wire rack into the pot and lay the spaghetti squash face down onto the rack.
Press "pressure cook" and set it for either 8 minutes for a smaller size spaghetti squash, or 12 minutes for a large spaghetti squash. Close the lid and let the Instant pot do the work! It will take 10 minutes or so for it to heat up, then it will begin counting down. Once the timer goes off, wait 5 minutes for the pressure to naturally release, then manually release the pressure.
Wait a few minutes before carefully removing the squash from the Instant Pot. Use a fork to scrape the "spaghetti" out. Eat it as-is, topped with marinara sauce, or in one of the spaghetti squash recipes mentioned in this post.
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