Learn how to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave in just three easy steps! Cutting and seeding the spaghetti squash happens after cooking.
A few weeks ago on Facebook and Instagram, I felt so darn proud of myself because I figured out how to cook a whole spaghetti squash in the oven. Based on responses, I wasn’t the only one that’s made their life easier [and kept a few fingers] by cooking the spaghetti squash whole; saving the cutting and seeding for when the squash is soft enough to handle after cooking. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people that also shared that they cook their spaghetti squash whole in the microwave— and then go on to the cutting and seeding part. Same results, in a fraction of the time. You know I had to try it…
Since I’m writing a post on how to cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave, I’m sure you’ve realized the method works. And yes, I’m not going back to my old oven ways! So here’s how I did it:
- 1 spaghetti squash
- Make cuts all around the spaghetti squash with a knife. Place in microwave and microwave on medium-high in 5 minute increments.
- Rotate spaghetti squash every 5 minutes until soft [total time should be anywhere from 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the spaghetti squash].
- Remove from microwave. Let rest for 10 minutes. Cut in half and scoop out seeds, and then separate the strands.
- Serve immediately [with a drizzle of olive oil, butter, and/or salt and pepper]. OR store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Once you have the finished product [spaghetti squash strands], there are countless ways to eat it! I sometimes keep it very simple and serve as-is for an easy side dish. If I’m feeling extra fancy and want the boys the eat their portion, I’ll add some butter and Parmesan cheese OR top it with classic marinara sauce. If the boys are in bed before I eat dinner, I might go spicy and even top it with spicy peanut sauce and shredded carrots for a Thai-version! Essentially everything you add to spaghetti noodles you can add to spaghetti squash. Just remember that spaghetti squash strands have more of a “bite” to them than noodles do. Hence why I need to “mask” it for the toddler and baby crew in this house… whatever it takes folks, whatever it takes!
So tell me: have you tried cooking a spaghetti squash in the microwave? I’ve now cooked spaghetti squash in the microwave, oven, and slow cooker. Am I missing any other cooking method?!