How to cook butternut squash in a microwave

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How to cook butternut squash in a microwave
Butternut squash. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Butternut squash is known for its smooth, buttery taste and firm texture. Not sure what to do with yours? Microwaving your butternut squash is a simple, quick, and delicious way to prepare it.

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Things you need

  • 1 900 g (2 lb) butternut squash
  • Large knife
  • Large microwaveable shallow dish
  • Paper towels
  • Large spoon

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  1. 1

    Wash the squash in cool running water and pat dry. Use a knife to pierce several holes in the squash (this allows the steam to escape and keeps the squash from exploding in the microwave).

  2. 2

    Place the butternut squash in a large microwaveable shallow dish, and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Remove the dish from the microwave. The squash should feel warm.

  3. 3

    Use a large knife to cut the squash in half. Spoon out the seeds and discard.

  4. 4

    Place the squash, cut side down, back in the dish and microwave for 5 more minutes. The squash's flesh should feel tender.

  5. 5

    Leave it in the microwave to stand for another 5 minutes.

  6. 6

    The squash is now fully cooked. The soft flesh can be served mashed with butter and salt, or as a part of your favourite recipe.

Tips and warnings

  • Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the squash and the power of your microwave. These instructions are for a medium-size microwave and a 900 g (2 lb) butternut squash. Adjust accordingly.
  • If the squash is too big to cook whole in your microwave, you can cut it in half first.
  • The squash and the dish can both be very hot when removing it from the microwave. Use oven gloves when handling to avoid burning your hands.

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