How to Cook a Pumpkin in the Slow Cooker

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pumpkin makes about 1 1/2 cups 1x


Ever wonder about the best way to cook a pumpkin? Toss it in the slow cooker! This post will explain all the details of cooking your pumpkin perfectly.



  • 1 or 2 sugar pumpkins (3 to 5 pounds each)


  1. Wash the outside of the pumpkin with warm water taking care to scrub off any dirt if necessary. Remove the stem and cut the pumpkin in half. Remove the seeds (you can save them to roast) and the stringy parts of the inside of the pumpkin with a spoon or an ice cream scoop.
  2. Place the pumpkin halves skin side up in your slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until a fork pierces through the skin of the pumpkin easily. Allow the pumpkin to cool enough to handle and then scrape the flesh from the shell with a spoon.
  3. Use the fresh pumpkin as you would canned pumpkin. Mash the insides with a fork to remove lumps or you may choose to puree it in a food processor or blender before using to get a very smooth texture.
  4. Store pumpkin flesh in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


  • If the pumpkin isn’t fitting well in your slow cooker, feel free to cut it into a few more pieces.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73.5 Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 3.7mg Carbohydrates: 18g Sugars: 7.6g Protein: 2.6g Vitamin A: 1,058.4µg Vitamin C: 17.3mg

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