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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Spaghetti Squash (cooked whole!) [Instant Pot Pressure Cooker]

Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti Squash is great! Especially as a low carb alternative to pasta.

However, Spaghetti Squash is normally a pain in the neck to cook.

You have to cut it in half, which in itself is intimidating enough for some - who could blame them? You risk fingers cutting hard, raw gourds like hard squash and pumpkins. Seriously.

It takes forever to cook. In the oven, after cutting in half and cleaning, Spaghetti Squash takes like an hour. Who has that kind of time?

In the microwave, it doesn’t come out very good in my opinion, and it still takes almost half an hour. Plus, do you even have a microwave big enough to fit 2 halves of squash? Not everyone does...

Well - I’ve said it time and time again, I LOVE my INSTANT POT! I love it anyways, but I fall in love even more when it makes things like intimidating Spaghetti Squash a freaking BREEZE to make. And, it comes out PERFECT!

I cook it WHOLE - yep, you read correctly - WHOLE! It takes zero effort. When it’s done, its so simple to peel and clean, you’re ready to eat it in NO TIME!

Spaghetti Squash


1 medium to large Spaghetti Squash, left whole
1 1/2 cups water


Instant Pot, or other pressure cooker
Grapefruit spoon, or other spoon
Sharp Knife


Plug in Instant Pot (IP). Pour water in bottom of IP insert. Place cooking rack over water.
Place spaghetti squash, whole, on rack. Do not pierce or poke holes.

Close lid. Turn Vent Knob to “Sealing”.

Press “Manual” (high pressure on other pressure cookers). Adjust cook time to 18-22 minutes.
*why the cook time range? 18 minutes if you like your spaghetti squash “al dente”. 20 if you like it cooked through. 22 if you like it really soft. I cook mine 18 minutes, because I like that al dente bite!

Once IP comes to pressure, cook time countdown will begin. When cook time is complete, IP will beep. Quickly release pressure (QPR) by turning vent knob to “Venting". I ALWAYS place a towel over vent knob before venting.

Open lid. You should be able to easily poke a hole in your spaghetti squash using a fork.

Carefully remove squash. Yesssss… it will be HOT! Try using the Instant Pot Silicone Mitts!

Place on cutting board and carefully cut in half. It will be EASY to cut! Hooray!

Now to get those seeds out… I use a grapefruit spoon. Never heard of ‘em? You need one or 2, trust me! It’s a regular size spoon, but its serrated! Genius, I tell ya! Perfect for grapefruit, and things like this! Get em here.

Discard seeds, no worries if you get a little squash with it.

Turn each half over and easily peel the skin (be careful… its probably still HOT!).

Now, just grab a fork or 2, and pull your squash “spaghetti” apart - its sorta like shredding super tender pork! But obviously way healthier 😏

Serve with spaghetti sauce, use it in a casserole or frittata, eat it with salt & pepper, maybe some olive oil or butter. YUM!

Spaghetti Squash (cooked whole!)

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  1. Thank you for this. I want to like spaghetti squash but nobody has ever served it to me or shown me how to make it. I tried to make it once and it was hard to cut and I hardly got any strands out of it. Fail. This looks doable.

    1. Yes, Erin! Totally doable :) Enjoy! -Jessica

  2. Thanks! Looks delicious!

    1. You're welcome! Give it a try! So easy! Thanks for the comment and for visiting! -Jessica

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    1. Awesome - would love to hear how it turns out for you! -Jessica

  4. I have been making spaghetti squash for years I normally pierce it and microwave not very consistant and hubby didnt like texture. But I just got a electric pressure cooker and found you and now I love it more than my crockpots. Hubby likes the texture better and it was so easy and fast. Thanks for the tip about the grapefruit spoons. My moms set was passed down to me and I haven't used them and put them in storage. I have since dug them up and are using them for potatoes squash etc.