How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

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Spaghetti squash is the nutritious, unofficially official fall vegetable and is a yummy and healthy alternative to carb-heavy pasta. But have you ever thought to yourself: can I cook it in the microwave? The answer is yes, and it turns out it’s easier than you might think. Read on for everything you need to know about how to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave. 

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Can you microwave squash?

Just like most vegetables, you can cook squash in the microwave. All you need is a few extra minutes and a microwave-safe dish. Not only does microwaving vegetables (like squash) save you time if you’re in a pinch, but it is potentially more beneficial than submersing in a pot of water on the stovetop.

Step One: Poke the Squash

Using a sharp knife or a fork, carefully poke eight to 12 small holes into the sides of your squash — similar to how you would prepare a baked potato. Poking holes will let the steam escape and helps prevent any explosions in the microwave. 

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Step Two: Microwave the Squash

Place the squash on a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high in 5-minute increments for 10-15 minutes. Trim off the top and bottom and rotate the squash after the first round. You’ll know the squash is done once it’s tender and you’re able to slightly squish it with your hand while holding a kitchen towel. 

Pro Tip: After the first 5-minute round, you can cut the squash in half then place the halved sides down in a microwave-safe container with a ¼ cup of water. Return to the microwave to cook for an additional 6-8 minutes for a much faster cook. 

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Step Three: Cut the Squash in Half and Remove the Seeds

Let the squash cool and cut it in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove all the seeds inside the middle of the squash. You can discard the seeds or cook and season them as you would with regular pumpkin seeds. 

Spaghetti Squash cut in half and scraped with fork

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Step Four: Scrape the Squash With a Fork

Run the fork lengthwise to create “spaghetti strands” or “noodles”. Serve immediately with your choice of sauce or side. Ready to try it out? Check out these tasty healthy and delicious spaghetti squash recipes: Spaghetti Squash Scampi Boats, Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes and Ricotta, or Sausage and White Bean-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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