Instant Pot Venison & Squash Dog Food Recipe

instant pot dog food recipe

We have a fantastic Instant Pot recipe that combines the goodness of venison and squash to make a delicious and healthy dog food. With the convenience of the Instant Pot, you can prepare this meal in no time, ensuring your pet gets a balanced and satisfying meal. 

So, grab your ingredients and let’s dive into this easy-to-follow Instant Pot Venison & Squash Dog Food Recipe that will have your dog licking their bowl clean.

Ingredients List

Makes approximately 11.5 lbs*

Serving Size For Venison & Squash Dog Food

Serving Size For Venison & Squash Dog Food

Venison & Squash Instant Pot Recipe

Note: As with any dog food recipe, it is essential that it is complete and balanced. This recipe is nothing without the DIY Nutrient Blend, which is formulated specifically for each recipe to meet AAFCO recommendations. The blend is compounded from 100% human-grade nutraceuticals regulated by the FDA. As such, it is vital that you follow this recipe exactly as it is written.


1. Wash all vegetables thoroughly.

2. Finely chop or dice all vegetables. 

3. Use fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible, but if 1 or 2 items must be frozen, make sure there are no added ingredients such as salt or sugar. 

4. Remove seeds and stem from butternut squash. 

5. The weight of the squash should be verified after it is cubed since a significant amount of it can be lost during the preparation process.


1. Add venison and Brussels sprouts to the Instant Pot. Use the “Sautee” setting at 3 minutes with the lid removed to begin browning the venison. Make sure to the stir the venison in order to break up any larger chunks of meat. After 3 minutes, turn off Instant Pot. 

2. Add cubed butternut squash, sweet potatoes and cranberries to the pot along with ½ cup of water. To avoid a “Burn Error,” be sure to mix well and scrape the bottom of the pot after the addition of water. 

3. Set the Instant Pot to “Pressure Cook” setting for 10 minutes. 

4. After the 10-minute timer goes off, release pressure and check to see that all ingredients are thoroughly cooked (soft to the touch), allow the food to cool. 

5. After it is completely cooled to the touch, place the food in a large mixing bowl and slowly sprinkle in the Venison & Squash DIY Nutrient Blend along with the oils required in the recipe. Mix these in thoroughly. 

6. Portion into individual serving sizes and store in the refrigerator or freezer. This recipe will remain fresh in your refrigerator for 3-5 days and up to one year in the freezer.

Bringing It Home

When it comes to our beloved pets, providing them with nutritious and homemade meals is essential for their overall health and well-being. This Instant Pot Venison & Squash Dog Food Recipe offers a delightful combination of flavors and vital nutrients. With the added touch of cranberries and JustFoodForDogs nutrient blend, your dog will enjoy a tasty and well-balanced meal.

Using the Instant Pot makes the cooking process a breeze, saving you time and effort in the kitchen. Once prepared, you can portion out the servings and store them in the refrigerator or freezer, ensuring your dog has a fresh and nourishing meal whenever they need it. So, why not give this Instant Pot Venison & Squash Dog Food Recipe a try?

*All weights indicated are raw or dry weight.

Prefer to make a smaller batch? This printable PDF includes instructions for full and half batches of food.

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