Thursday, October 1, 2020

How to cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

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I have fallen in love with spaghetti squash...and for years, I thought I just didn't like it!  It has become a favorite vegetable for sure! 

I think I just didn't have the right recipes to use it, nor did I realize how delicious it is with just butter, salt & pepper!

It's an awesome LOW CARB substitute for noodles! 

And cooking it in the microwave is just the ticket for me! 

While I had pumpkin bread in the oven today, I cooked my squash in the microwave! 

It's really very simple.  A small or medium squash is perfect for cooking in the microwave.  I would suggest baking a large one in the oven, but of course, it's your call. 

*Start by cutting your squash in half, lengthwise.  (TIP - if it's too difficult to cut through, poke it a few times with a knife and cook in the microwave for about 3 minutes to soften the skin - please don't try to cook the squash whole - it will explode!) 

*Scrape all the seeds and strings out (like you would a pumpkin);discard
(or roast the seeds like you would pumpkin seeds!) 

*Place in baking dish with about 1/4 c. water. (I like to use a pie plate, but maybe you have another dish that would work well?) 

*Steam a medium sized squash for about 7 minutes on high; check for tenderness, but be careful not to overcook. 

When cooled a few minutes, just run the fork over the squash and it will
break down into 'strands'. 


  • spaghetti squash
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 Tbs. butter 
  • salt & pepper to taste
If you can't cut your squash in half without a lot of effort, poke 6 or 7 holes in it with a fork, or knife. Place in the microwave on a m/w safe plate/dish to soften skin. 

Remove from oven - slice lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove seeds and strings; discard.

Place water in bottom of small casserole or pie plate.  Place squash cut side down in pan. May cover with plastic wrap, but I usually don't. 

Microwave 7 - 9 minutes or until squash can easily be pierced with a fork. 

Remove from oven (carefully!), removing plastic wrap carefully.  Allow to cool a few minutes before moving to a cutting board or plate.  

Run a fork lengthwise on the squash and you'll have 'spaghetti' strands!
I love how easily the squash comes off the skin. 

If you'd like, top with butter, salt & pepper and serve. 

It may also be topped with spaghetti sauce! YUMMM!
Give it a try soon. 

It does not taste like spaghetti, this is just a healthy alternative to pasta. 

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  1. I like spaghetti squash, Too, Marsha. I cooked mine in the instant pot, but I think I’ll try the microwave next time, like you. It didn’t get quite done enough for me. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you very much for your nice comment. I really enjoy this tasty squash and this is so easy to do. Enjoy a lovely weekend Dear. XO