How to Microwave Butternut Squash
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Cooking butternut squash in the microwave is a quick and easy way to prepare this versatile vegetable. The microwave helps to soften the squash's tough outer skin, making it easier to scrape out the pulp for soups or a quick mash.
We recommend a Deep dish for microwaving butternut squash. This dish has tall, sloped sides to accommodate the entire squash. Plus, the silicone-lined lid traps moisture inside of the squash, yielding tender and sweet pulp.
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Need
Microwave Match Up: Butternut Squash
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|Microwave in an Anyday dish||7-8 mins|
|Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)*||25 mins|
Step by Step: Microwaving Butternut Squash
Cut the squash into large pieces and remove the seeds.
Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
Cook in the microwave.
Butternut squash is done when fork-tender.
All You Need to Know About Microwaving Butternut Squash
How long does a butternut squash take to cook in the microwave?
|14 oz (400g) butternut squash||7-8 mins|
|28 oz (800g) butternut squash||9-10 mins|
|42 oz (1200g) butternut squash||17-18 mins|
What’s the healthiest way to cook butternut squash?
Steaming is the healthiest way to cook butternut 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.
Do you have to peel butternut squash before cooking?
You don’t have to peel the squash before cooking! The skin comes off very easily once it has been steamed in the Anyday. Peeling is a great idea if you will be using the squash in soups or puree. Always remove the seeds before cooking to avoid an undesired texture and any loud popping sounds. The microwave will create pressure inside of the seeds, causing them to burst and make loud noises.
How to tell when a butternut squash is cooked through?
Butternut squash is usually done when fork-tender. Use a fork to gently pierce the surface of the pulp. If there is no resistance, the squash should be cooked through. If it’s difficult to pierce the pulp with a fork, continue cooking in the microwave for an additional 2-3 minutes.
How to freeze microwaved butternut squash?
Like most frozen vegetables, squash needs to be cooked before freezing. Cook the squash using the directions above and allow it to cool completely. You can freeze the squash with or without skin, laid flat on a tray without touching each other. Pop the 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. To reheat, simply place the chunks back in the Anyday and microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until warmed through.