How to Microwave Spaghetti Squash

How to Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Prep Time

3 mins

Cook Time

8-9 mins

Free Time

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Cooking spaghetti 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 cut and scrape out the spaghetti-like strands. Believe it or not, the microwave preserves the squash’s flavor and nutrients, more so than other methods like steaming or roasting, resulting in a tasty, healthy dish

Additionally, cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave is less messy and time-consuming than cooking it in the oven or on the stove. You won’t find a faster or more convenient way to cook spaghetti squash than in the microwave!

Why Use An Anyday? A Large Deep Anyday dish is great for microwaving spaghetti squash. This dish has tall, sloped sides to accommodate the halved spaghetti squash. Plus, the silicone-lined lid traps moisture inside of the squash, yielding tender spaghetti-like strands.

What You’ll Need

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The Large Deep Dish

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1 (400g) spaghetti squash

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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

700w

Ingredients

  • (400g) spaghetti squash, halved
  • Olive oil (optional)
  • Salt & pepper

Preparation

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut the spaghetti squash in half around the middle (width-wise).
  2. Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste, if desired.
  3. Place in an Anyday Large Deep Dish and cover with the lid (knob lifted). If the lid does not close, trim the bottom or stem off of the spaghetti squash half.
  4. Cook in the microwave for 8-9 minutes, or until the strands of the squash come off easily from the sides.
  5. Discard seeds. Using a fork, peel away the strands of the spaghetti squash from the peel.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs: Use spaghetti squash as the base for a healthy, veggie-packed version of spaghetti and meatballs.
  • Spaghetti Squash Carbonara: Mix spaghetti squash with eggs, bacon, Parmesan cheese and pepper for a delicious carbonara-like dish.
  • Spaghetti Squash Casserole: Mix spaghetti squash with cheese, cream, vegetables, and herbs to make a delicious casserole.
  • Spaghetti Squash Fritters: Mix steamed spaghetti squash with eggs, flour, and herbs to make crispy, pan-fried fritters.

Recipe notes

  • Use a serrated grapefruit spoon to scoop out the seeds of the spaghetti squash.
  • If the squash is taking longer to cook, add a little water to the dish. This will generate steam and help the squash cook quicker.
  • Use a fork to test the tenderness of the squash before removing it from the microwave: It should be easy to scrape out the spaghetti-like strands when it's cooked through. If it's not tender enough, microwave it for a few more minutes.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Spaghetti Squash

See for yourself— microwaving spaghetti squash is simply faster, start to finish.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 6-8 mins
Oven* 50 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 15 mins
*Includes preheat time

Step-by-Step: Microwaving Spaghetti Squash

Cut the spaghetti squash in half width-wise.

Place one half in a Large Deep Dish and cover with the lid.

Cook in the microwave.

Use a fork to peel the strands of the squash from the peel.

All You Need to Know About Microwaving Spaghetti Squash

How long does spaghetti squash take to cook in the microwave?

Ingredient Cook Time
1 (400g) spaghetti squash, halved 6-8 mins
Cook time calculated for 700w microwave

Spaghetti squash can be cooked in the microwave in about 6-8 minutes. Place in an Anyday Large Deep Dish and cover with the lid (knob lifted). If the lid does not close, trim the bottom or stem off of the spaghetti squash half. After cooking, let it cool for a few minutes before scraping out the spaghetti-like strands with a fork.

How to tell when spaghetti squash is cooked through

One way to tell if spaghetti squash is cooked through is by piercing it with a fork or knife. If the knife easily pierces the skin, the squash is tender and cooked through. You can also press the skin of the squash with your thumb — if it gives easily, it is cooked through.

How to freeze a microwaved spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash can be frozen to extend its shelf life. First, cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Then, use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti-like strands into a bowl. Spread the hot spaghetti strands into an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to cool completely. Transfer the strands to an Anyday dish or Freezer Trays, making sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing. The spaghetti squash can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

How to easily cut into a hard winter squash

Cutting into a hard winter squash can be a bit challenging, but with the right technique, it can be done safely. First, place the squash on a cutting board and use a large, sharp knife to slice off the top and bottom of the squash to create a flat surface. To make the cutting process easier, you can also poke a few holes into the surface of the squash and microwave the squash whole for 2-3 minutes. This will allow the knife to pass through the skin more easily.

How to replace noodles with spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash can be a healthy and tasty alternative to traditional pasta noodles. To use spaghetti squash as a replacement for noodles, you'll need to cook it first. Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and then microwave it until tender, about 6-8 minutes per half. Once the squash is cooked, use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti-like strands. Use the cooked spaghetti squash as a replacement for pasta in most recipes, such as spaghetti and meatballs or Carbonara.

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