How to Cook Spaghetti Squash In The Microwave

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Spaghetti Squash is literally one of my favorite veggies year round. It is delicious, filling and it makes a great low carb substitute for pasta dishes or in soups! This light and delicious veggie is great cooked in the microwave or in the oven. Once you cook spaghetti squash, add a little bit of butter or olive oil and salt & pepper for a deliciously simple side.

Microwave Spaghetti Squash in bowl with butter and pepper

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You Have To Try This

If you have never tried spaghetti squash, let me tell you, you are missing out!

I can assure you it’s not difficult to make! In fact, spaghetti squash is so easy to cook that once you try it,  it will be a staple on your menu!

You can choose your method of cooking, both the microwave and the oven produce great results!

Spaghetti Squash ready to cut

Easiest Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Start by cutting your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. It’s a very hard squash and it resists the blade of the sharpest knife so I often ask at the grocery store and most of the time they’ll cut it in half for me.

If you can’t get them to cut it at the grocer, poke it with a fork a few times then microwave for 3-4 minutes before cutting . This will soften the skin a bit to make cutting it easier.

You’re going to want to use a large knife and cut through the tough skin (this is the hardest part of prepping this veggie) slicing the spaghetti squash tip to tip lengthwise.

Next you’re going to scrape out the seeds and stringy bits.  (You can cook and eat the seeds as you would with pumpkin seeds or just discard them).

Cut Spaghetti Squash cleaned out and ready to cook

Best Way To Cook Spaghetti Squash

One of the things I love about spaghetti squash is that you can cook in the microwave in under 10 minutes or in the oven in about 40 minutes.  Either way makes perfectly amazing results with the oven giving more of a caramelized flavor.

One of the biggest keys to getting microwaved spaghetti squash right is the amount of water you add.  I don’t usually add water if I bake it in the oven but I do add a little bit for microwave cooking to steam it. If you add too much water, your squash will be mushy and your “spaghetti” strands will be really short.

If you are using spaghetti squash as a low carb pasta alternative, be sure to run your fork the same way as the strands to make the best ‘noodles’.

2 Spaghetti Squash in dish ready to prepare

What Does Spaghetti Squash Taste Like?

One question I’m asked often is what exactly does this pretty veggie taste like?  While it might resemble pasta, it does not taste the same! It has a chewy yet tender texture to it, and a very mild sweet flavor (not a rich sweet flavor like a winter squash).

Give it a try, it’s actually really delicious just lightly seasoned or topped with your favorite pasta sauce!

Cleaning out a spaghetti squash with spoon before cooking in microwave

The number of servings from each half of squash will vary depending on how it is served.  For a side dish we get about 2 servings per half squash but if we are eating it as a main dish, we account for 1/2 squash per person.  If your squash is really large, you may find 1/2 squash can feed two people.  The great thing is that it keeps well and reheats like a dream.

 

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Spaghetti Squash is literally one of my favorite veggies year round. It is delicious, filling and it makes a great low carb substitute for pasta dishes or in soups! Just a little bit of butter or olive oil and salt & pepper turns it into a simple side.
Spaghetti Squash is literally one of my favorite veggies year round. It is delicious, filling and it makes a great low carb substitute for pasta dishes or in soups! Just a little bit of butter or olive oil and salt & pepper turns it into a simple side.
Spaghetti Squash is literally one of my favorite veggies year round. It is delicious, filling and it makes a great low carb substitute for pasta dishes or in soups! Just a little bit of butter or olive oil and salt & pepper turns it into a simple side.

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

7 comments on “How to Cook Spaghetti Squash In The Microwave”

  1. Thank u did not know how to cook, I will definitely have a go at this recipe!

  2. I love spaghetti squash, it is very versatile. When I bake mine I like to take a whole garlic clove, crush it and put it under each half of the spaghetti squash that I have oiled, salted and peppered.

  3. Oh bless your heart for including instructions for the oven as well as the microwave- we don’t have a microwave at my house (I know…gasp!) and a lot of recipes only have microwave directions. I usually end up trying to tweak the microwave directions for my oven -and the results are usually a disaster. So thanks again!

  4. Spagetti squash looks great will try it out

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