How to Cut and Prepare Spaghetti Squash

Cutting and preparing Spaghetti Squash is not as difficult if you follow these simple tips. You can choose what option works best for you and still end up with a spaghetti squash that you can use in a variety of ways.

The most difficult part of using spaghetti squash is the cutting part because the squash is quite hard. I almost gave up on it, but then with few small tricks, it made the process easier. Let me share it with you. There are 2 ways that you can do it, here are your options

How To Prepare Spaghetti Squash

Microwave Method

If you are in a hurry, this is the fastest and easiest way to cut open the spaghetti squash. Simply poke holes around the squash to allow the steam to come out (you can use a sharp knife to do this) then microwave it, The length of time depends on how big your squash is. Start at 10 minutes and increase in 5 minutes interval while checking after every 5 minutes. To test if it is done, simply push a sharp knife in the center, if the knife pass through end to end with no effort at all, then it is done. You can start cutting it into half. I have a detailed instruction below on how to cut it.

  1. Poke holes all over the squash with a fork or a knife, then microwave for 5 – 10 minutes or until soft enough for cutting.  Repeat in increments of 5 minutes and check if soft enough for cutting.
  2. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  3. Cut the squash into half. Start by trimming the hard end of the squash. Using a sharp small knife, create a shallow cut along the side (end to end). This will serve as a mark that you can follow later. Using a big sharp knife, cut the squash into half, following the line that you have created earlier.
  4. Remove the seeds and clean the center. Drizzle olive oil and brush all throughout the squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper or any of your favorite spices.
  5. Return to microwave for another 5 – 10 minutes or until center is soft enough  for scraping.

Note: The length of time depends on the size of the squash, adjust as needed.

Oven Method

Most of the time, this is the method that I used. Although this takes longer, It gave the squash more flavor as it absorbs the oil and spices while it slowly bake or roast. The length of time again depends on the size of the squash. To test if it is done, take the squash out from the oven and using a fork, try to scrape the inside. If it falls off easily, then it is done. Although I guess, you can put the whole squash in the oven as well and just cut it when it is soft but that will not give you a chance to season the inside. If you do this, do not forget to poke holes outside to allow steam to come out.

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Poke holes all over the squash with a fork or a knife, then microwave for 5 -10 minutes. The squash that I used is 1.09 lb, increase the time as needed if your squash is bigger. The idea is not to cook the squash, but to soften the skin of the squash a little bit for easier cutting.
  3. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  4. Cut the squash into half. Start by trimming the hard end (bottom) of the squash. Using a sharp small knife, create a shallow cut along the side (end to end). This will serve as a mark that you can follow later. Using a big knife, cut the squash into half, following the line that you have created.
  5. Remove the seeds and clean the center. Drizzle olive oil and brush all throughout the squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper or any of your favorite spices.
  6. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes. The bigger the squash, the longer baking time you need. You have to check it at least every 30 minutes to see if the center is already soft but not mushy. You don’t want to over bake it as you will end up with a mushy squash and the strand of the squash will be deformed.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool until you can handle it.
  8. Using a fork, gently scrape the squash. If you cook it right, it should come off easily without any effort.
  9. Transfer in a bowl. Refrigerate of use immediately as desired. Now you have a healthy gluten-free pasta alternative.

Important thing to remember, regardless which method you decide to use, do NOT over cook. You don’t want a mushy spaghetti squash and you do not want to destroy the trademark of spaghetti squash which is the lovely noodles like strand.

How Do You Use It?

Spaghetti squash can be used in variety of ways. You can used it as a replacement for pasta, I guess that’s the main idea of spaghetti squash. It goes well with white and cream based sauce, or just plain butter and garlic with herbs and spices. You can also use it as side dish to meat like Chicken, Beef, Lamb and even Fish. I have 2 recipe in my website and more coming soon.  For the meantime, have a look at this 2 and give it a try to practice any of the methods that I had explained above.

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