How to Microwave Acorn Squash
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Enjoy the sweet, nutty flavors and velvety texture of acorn squash in mere minutes by cooking it in the microwave. This method retains the squash's bright color, rich taste, and nutritional benefits. Acorn squash, with its exceptional flavor, becomes more accessible and convenient than ever when you cook in the microwave, allowing you to incorporate it into your fall dishes without all the hassle.
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What You’ll Need
What You’ll Need
Microwave Match Up: Acorn Squash
See for yourself— microwaving acorn squash is simply faster, start to finish.
|Microwave in an Anyday dish||7-8 mins|
|Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)*||25 mins|
Step by Step: Microwaving Acorn Squash
Cut the squash into wedges.
Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
Cook in the microwave.
Squash is done when fork tender.
All You Need to Know About Microwaving Acorn Squash
How long does a winter squash take to cook in the microwave?
|Ingredient||Water||Cook Time||19-20 mins|
|14 oz (400g) acorn squash||1 teaspoon||9 mins|
|28 oz (800g) acorn squash||2 teaspoons||11-12 mins|
|42 oz (1200g) acorn squash||1 tablespoon|
Winter squash such as kabocha, acorn, and even pumpkins take about 7-8 minutes to cook in the microwave. Cook times can also depend on the size and starch levels of the squash. When cooking larger chunks, consider adding more time or poking the surface with a fork to better distribute heat.
How to tell when winter squash is cooked through?
All winter squashes are typically ready when a fork easily pierces the surface of the squash. If there is no resistance, the squash should be cooked through. If it’s difficult to pierce with a fork, continue to cook in the microwave for an additional 2-3 minutes.
How to freeze a microwaved acorn or kabocha squash?
Like most frozen vegetables, winter squash needs to be cooked before freezing. Once cooked, allow them to cool, then pop them on a tray into the freezer, and when solid (about 6-8 hours later), transfer to a freezer-safe storage bag. Pop in the freezer and store for 1-2 months.
How to reheat a microwaved acorn or kabocha squash?
To reheat, simply place the chunks back in the Anyday and microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until warmed through.
What’s the healthiest way to cook butternut squash?
Steaming is the healthiest way to cook winter squash. Steaming it in the microwave cooks squash quickly and easily, with no pot of water to boil or pan to clean up later. By steaming the squash in its moisture, you’re keeping more nutrients inside of the vegetable.