I’ve been eating so much squash lately, I fear I’m going to turn orange. But that isn’t going to deter me since the bright flesh of this hearty vegetable is home to a boatload of vitamin A along with good-for-you phytochemicals and fiber, all without making much of a dent in your daily caloric intake. Plus, squash of every stripe is so very versatile, as long as you know what to do with it. I’m going to help you simplify your squash prep with an easy technique for how to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

1. Start by Choosing a Firm Squash that is free of soft spots and cracks.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

2. Cut it in half lengthwise using a large sharp knife.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

3. Use a sturdy metal spoon to scoop out the seeds. Tip: you can rinse and roast them just like you would pumpkin seeds.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

4. Set the squash flesh-side-down in a baking dish and add about 1/2 inch of water to the pan. Tip: Feel free to cook just one half and save the other half for another day.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

5. Microwave the squash, uncovered, on high for 10 to 15 minutes (sometimes longer) until the squash deepens a bit in color and a little knife can slide easily into the flesh.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

6. Let cool enough to handle and run the tines of a fork through the squash to unearth the spaghetti-like threads.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

Voila! A bowlful of goodness. Serve as pictured above, with a drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper or serve underneath a generous spoonful of this Meaty Mushroom Marinara Sauce. Alternatively, check out one of our family’s very favorite winter dishes Spaghetti Squash Lasagne

Spaghetti Squash Lasagne

…I’ve also got my eye on these Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise over on Cooking Light.

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

This hearty vegetable is home to a boatload of vitamin A along with good-for-you phytochemicals and fiber, all without making much of a dent in your daily caloric intake. Here you'll find a quick and easy technique for how to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave. Feel free to cook just one half at a time, wrapping and storing the second half for another day.
Course Vegetable Side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 53 kcal
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash

Instructions

  1. Use a large sharp knife and cut the squash in half through the stem.
  2. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Roast the seeds, if desired, or discard.
  3. Set the squash flesh-side-down in a baking dish and add about 1/2 inch of water to the pan.
  4. Microwave uncovered on high for 10 to 20 minutes until the color deepens and you can easily slide a little knife into the flesh. The time can vary considerably.

  5. Let cool enough to handle and run the tines of a fork through the squash to unearth the spaghetti-like threads.

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