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5 from 4 votes

Instant Pot Butternut Squash with Thyme

Instant Pot Butternut Squash with Thyme is a quick, flavorsome, and beautiful side dish, that compliments just about any meal. 

Category Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Butternut Squash with Thyme
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mean Green Chef


  • 1 2.5 lb Butternut Squash halved and seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher sea salt or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves fresh (1 teaspoon dried)
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Scrub the outside of the squash, cut in half with a sharp knife and scoop out the seeds. 

  2. Pour water into the Instant Pot, and place the Butternut Squash cut sides up into the IP. Drizzle with EVOO, and then sprinkle with Kosher sea salt, fresh Thyme leaves and a good dose of freshly cracked black pepper. 

  3. Set the Instant Pot pressure to HIGH and set time for 3 minutes, this will cook the squash perfectly but allow it to hold its shape. 

  4. When time is up, quick release and carefully remove the lid. Lift the squash to a cutting board and allow to cool for a couple of minutes or until you can easily handle it. Squash can be sliced and served as shown or scooped and mashed. Both ways are equally delicious!