Here’s how to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave. It can be sliced in half before cooking or cooked whole and it only takes 12 minutes in the microwave!
Another one of my favorite vegetables these past few months, is spaghetti squash. While I haven’t quite convinced my family to eat it with me, I will often have spaghetti squash for dinner. I’m not going to try to tell you that it is just like pasta, because it isn’t.
But the spaghetti squash strands remind me of spaghetti noodles and I like that I can eat it with the same sauces that I would use for pasta. Spaghetti squash has a sweeter flavor and a crunchier texture than pasta.
Today I am sharing how to microwave spaghetti squash because I’ve found that it is the microwave easiest and the fastest way to cook spaghetti squash.
There are two options for cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave.
- Cook the spaghetti squash after slicing it and removing the seeds and pulp
- Or cook the whole spaghetti squash and remove the pulp and seeds afterward.
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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash In The Microwave – SLICED
The advantage of cutting the spaghetti squash before cooking is that it is easier to remove the pulp and seeds from the squash. The disadvantage is that it takes a little more time upfront. This is my preferred method.
Step One: Soften the Spaghetti Squash
I’ve found that softening the spaghetti squash in the microwave by cooking it for a few minutes makes it a million times easier to cut in half.
Pierce the spaghetti squash in several spots with sharp knife and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
Step Two: Cutting the Spaghetti Squash
Use a sharp, heavy-duty knife to cut it in half, slowly working your way around the squash. Some of the spaghetti squash I’ve made have been harder to cut than others.
Step Three: Seeds and Pulp
Use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp from the center.
You can discard the pulp and seeds. Or save the seeds for roasting in the same way you can roast pumpkin seeds.
Step Four: Water
Place both halves in a baking dish with the cut side down. Add 3/4 to 1 inch of water and cover the dish with plastic wrap.
Step Five: Cook
Microwave on high for 8-10 minutes, (turn your dish halfway through cooking if your pan can’t turn in the microwave) until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork. The length of cooking time will depend on the size of the spaghetti squash and your microwave.
Step Six: Spaghetti Squash Strands
Drain the water and allow the spaghetti squash to cool enough that you can touch it.
Scrape the spaghetti squash strands out of the squash using a fork.
And just like that, your spaghetti squash is ready to eat! Add your favorite pasta sauce or toppings and enjoy.
How To Cook A WHOLE Spaghetti Squash In The Microwave
The advantage of cooking the whole spaghetti squash is that there is less time spend upfront. The disadvantage is that it is harder to separate the pulp and seeds from the spaghetti squash strands.
Step One: Pierce Spaghetti Squash
Start by piercing the spaghetti squash in several places with a sharp knife.
Step Two: Microwave
Cook the spaghetti squash in the microwave on high for 12 minutes.
Step Three: Slice
Use oven mitts or a kitchen towel to transfer the spaghetti squash to a cutting board.
Cut the spaghetti squash in half with a sharp, heavy-duty knife.
You can see that pulp and seeds are still inside. It is harder to separate and remove the pulp and seeds from the strands of spaghetti squash using this method.
Once the spaghetti squash has cooled enough to touch, remove the pulp and seeds from the middle of each half.
Step Four: Spaghetti Squash Strands
Once the pulp and seeds have been removed, use a fork to scrape out the strands of spaghetti squash.
The spaghetti squash is ready to eat! I love spaghetti squash topped with brown butter sage sauce, alfredo sauce, spaghetti sauce or with butter and parmesan. You can store leftover spaghetti squash, in an airtight container, in the fridge for a few days.
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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Spaghetti Squash from Recipe Runner: Spaghetti Squash stuffed with a creamy, cheesy, chicken and broccoli filling and topped with more melted cheese!
Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs from The Gunny Sack: Skip the carbs and try this recipe for spaghetti squash with meatballs. This healthy dinner recipe for squash boats is a great way to eat extra vegetables!
Your on the right track with microwaving to cook squash. Although, first begore cutting I always microwave a few minutes then take out and cut in half (can be cut with a butter knife at this point) and scope put seeds and proceed with cooking squash cut side down in enough water to cover 1/2 inch up sides of squash. Do not need to cover. When cooked scrape out with knife. No plastic needed.
I use some left over spaghetti squash from another recipe. The sauce is great but there was too much for the amount of squash I had. Love love loved the sage. Will reuse this recipe. Made the squash way better.
Please, PLEASE, do NOT recommend anyone to cook with plastic. Chemicals outgas into your food.
Lu Williams says
Thanks for saying that……I knew it was not a good idea!
How many cups will 1 small to medium spaghetti squash yield?
Helen Kindred says
I make a chicken enchilada mix with some of the squash, fill the squash with it, top with cheese and put in o Ben to heat through. Yum.
Donna Metzger says
Just an FYI for any of you girls out there…I always begin cooking my spaghetti squash in the microwave for about 5 min. at 1000 watts. I cook it whole. Then when I feel that I can safely handle its temperature, I slice it in half and remove the seeds and pulp. It is much easier to cut it this way. Save your hands ladies…who needs arthritis in later years? Then I proceed to bake it, generally in the oven for another 25 – 30 minutes at 350 degrees, depending on its size. Rubbing it with a little olive oil and gently salt and pepper before roasting. This is an awesome prep for any recipe that you use it in, or simply by itself as a side dish…my grands love it!
This sounds so much easier for my hands…Thanks a bunch!!
Pat mastro says
That was a great help! Thank you!
Adrienne Ranney says
I’ve recently discovered this trick too, of microwaving the squash to soften it enough for much safer cutting. I do this for butternut squash too, makes it SO much easier and safer to peel after a brief time in the microwave – no more peeled knuckles!
very Good idea. thank you Adrienne Ranney
Sherie Mcallister says
Thanks for the reminder. I was searching for this. Thought I had pierced one with an ice pick in several places before and microwavefd for 5 minutes. Then easy to cut in half and finished in the oven.
Thank you for the tip! I just made my first one tonight and cutting it was the worst part! Other than that it was perfect.
yvonne knight says
loved all the recipes please keep sending them, but I could not find the homemade roll recipe. thank you, Yvonne knight
Thank you! Which homemade roll recipe are you looking for or where did you see it? I can try to help track it down!
Cate @ Chez CateyLou says
My mom used to make us spaghetti squash like this! I totally forgot about it – thanks for reminding me – can’t wait to make some! Easy and healthy and delicious – can’t beat that!
Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled says
This is so awesome! I love how EASY this is to cook in the microwave! 🙂
Connie | URBAN BAKES says
How interesting! I’ve never had this before but slightly sweet with a little crunch sounds fabulous! PS: I love using my microwave for anything that can be zapped in there! I see nothing wrong with it 😉
eat good 4 life says
What a great idea. I need to make it this way next time I am thinking of spaghetti squash. So much easier!
amanda @ fake ginger says
I love this so much! I’ve been making spaghetti squash every other day so this is going to make my life so much easier!
Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says
I have a busy day today but was planning to make spaghetti squash tonight. This is so helpful. My hubby will eat it, but my 4 1/2 year old isn’t a fan. I keep making it anyway because I love it!
Laura @MotherWouldKnow says
I’ll admit that I’ve never loved spaghetti squash – maybe this quick way to cook it will help. Mostly though, I love your suggestions for how to use the cooked squash.
heather @french press says
microwave…that is brilliant! I love spaghetti squash, but it takes so long to cook. his is perfect
Sara @ Bitz & Giggles says
Easy peasy. Now you’re talkin’ my language. Definitely trying this in my microwave soon!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
I had no idea you could make this in the microwave!! Great info! Thanks so much for sharing!
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
I’m going to need to give spaghetti squash another try…the first time I overcooked it and it was mushy. Not good for the first time trying it! I like how easy this is to make in the microwave!!!
Stephanie @ Back for Seconds says
This is exactly how I cook mine. I love spaghetti squash…I wish the rest of my family did too!
I’m going to give this a shot soon!
Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T says
We are having spaghetti squash tonight, but I’ve never cooked it in the microwave. Looks like I’ll have to try this! Thanks!
Spaghetti Squash is one of my favorites because it can be used so many ways. This is a great way to get it cooked fast!
love the squash and the spaghetti recipes. thanks.
Me too! I have a butternut squash in my fridge just waiting for me to cook it!