Savory Instant Pot Pumpkin Recipes

With fall just a day or two away, savory pumpkin recipes are in order, right? Nothing makes the process easier than your trusty Instant Pot! These 8 Savory Pumpkin Recipes Using the Instant Pot include both vegetarian and meat-loving options, and both exotic and comfort style recipes. Try one or try them all!

A collage of savory vegetarian and non-vegetarian pumpkin recipes made easily in the Instant Pot.

I guess I’m just feeling Septemberish,” sighed Chester. “It’s getting towards autumn now. And it’s so pretty up in Connecticut. All the trees change color. The days get very clear―with a little smoke on the horizon from burning leaves. Pumpkins begin to come out.

~~  George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square
A free stock photo of many varieties of pumpkins at a nursery from flickr.
A free stock photo of many varieties of pumpkins at a nursery from flickr.

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – About Pumpkins and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

I wish fresh pumpkin was available for more than a few weeks a year. I especially love the pretty miniature varieties like “jack-be-little” and “baby boo” pumpkins. I used carnival squash for my candied pumpkin in spiced syrup last year.

Fresh pumpkins are available in McAllen for 4-6 weeks a year in our local markets, and the varieties are somewhat limited. I do find the standard jack-o-lantern pumpkins, and pie pumpkins widely available, but I love the heirloom and colorful varieties.

Pumpkin is a winter squash, and if you cannot get fresh pumpkin, you can substitute other winter squash like butternut or kabocha in many recipes. It is technically a fruit, but the nutrition profile is more like that of a vegetable.

Is pumpkin healthy?

Pumpkin is a very healthy food. It is nutrient-dense, meaning the vitamins and minerals to calorie ratio is quite high. One 8 ounce serving provides:

  • calories: 49
  • protein: 2 g
  • carbohydrates: 12 g
  • fiber: 3 g
  • Vitamin K: 49% RDI
  • Vitamin C: 19% RDI
  • Potassium: 16% RDI
  • Vitamin E: 10% RDI
  • Iron: 8% RDI
  • Folate: 6% RDI
  • Niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and thiamin: 5% of the RDI

Pumpkin is very high in beta-carotene – an important antioxident. The body turns beta-carotene into Vitamin A. For more, see Pumpkin: Nutrition, Benefits, & How to Eat.

In my mind, Halloween is the unofficial start of the crazy holiday season, and pumpkins should be available October through Thanksgiving. I hope you’ll take the time to venture past your holiday homemade pumpkin pie, and try one or more of these delicious Instant Pot savory pumpkin main dishes!

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes. Healthyish Latin cuisine.

🎃 Savory Pumpkin Mains – With Meat

Savory Pumpkin Dishes (with Meat)

Cubed pork, ground beef, chicken, and steak cozy up with pumpkin in these flavorful and filling fall main dishes!

🎃 Savory Pumpkin Mains – Vegetarian

Instant Pot Savory Vegetarian Pumpkin Recipes

For pumpkin lovers on a plant-based diet, I've got comforting classics and curries with a Thai spin!

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  1. What an amazing collection of recipes! I love pumpkins but there’s only so much pie I can eat! Can’t wait to try out some of these!

    1. I’m with you Betty! Pie really isn’t my favorite, but I love fall/winter fare, and pumpkins are a perfect choice in savory soups, stews, and such!