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How to cook butternut squash in a microwave

Updated July 20, 2017

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

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

  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.

  7. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Roxana Wells is a teacher and writer living in South Korea. She enjoys writing about education, travel and food. Her work can be found in many publications, including "Italian American Magazine," "San Diego Family" and "The Ogden Independent." Wells holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Richmond and a master's degree in elementary education from Utah State University.

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