Spaghetti squash is an easy to prepare, underrated, and readily-available winter squash that can be used in a variety of ways. It’s a great gluten-free substitute for customers who are looking for an alternative to wheat-based pasta and makes an excellent side with a splash of butter and a pinch of fresh herbs.
If properly cooked, spaghetti squash has an excellent noodle-like consistency. If not, however, you may end up with a pile of mush.
Fortunately, the microwave is a fantastic way to get fast and repeatable results with a minimum amount of preparation time. Any establishment or home with a good-quality microwave can cook a spaghetti squash in just minutes, making it perfect for unexpected guests with special dietary requirements.
Microwave Spaghetti Squash
Prep Time: 2 minutes Cook time: Varies on microwave power and squash size. 4-8 minutes plus 10 minutes to cool.
- 1x Ripe Spaghetti Squash
Turn the squash up on its end and make a lengthwise cut; the safest way to do this is to start the knife and rock it up and down as you make your cut. You can use minimal force and make a safe cut using this method. Once your squash is halved, take each squash half and wrap with plastic wrap. Take a deep breath – the hardest part is now done!
Once your squash is halved, take both halves and wrap the cut side with plastic wrap around the skin side a couple of inches. Now the hard part is done.
Place both halves of the squash in the microwave cut side down. For a 1000-1200 watt microwave, it will take approximately eight minutes on high for one half and approximately nine minutes for two halves. In our Amana RC30S 3000 watt microwave, it takes three and a half minutes. If you’re unsure on the doneness of the squash, push on the skin – your finger will leave a small dent if it’s done. Once the squash is cooked, let it rest on the counter for ten minutes or so.
Once the squash has sufficiently cooled, scrape the strands out using a fork. If the squash is still too warm for you to hold grab a silicone potholder and scrape away. See – it looks just like spaghetti!
Once you’ve removed all the fruit, you’re ready to dress it up any way you want. Here’s a few of our favorite ideas:
- Use as a low carb/gluten free alternative for spaghetti noodles
- Saute with olive oil, garlic, chopped herbs, and then top with parmesan and fresh ground black pepper
- Season with a pinch of salt and serve with a freshly cooked fillet of salmon
Spaghetti squash is such an easy way to add variety to a paleo, primal, gluten free, and/or vegetarian dish; being able to cook it in the microwave makes it that much easier.
- Spaghetti squash is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and manganese. It is a fair source of niacin (Vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), and potassium.
- ½ cup cooked spaghetti squash: 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 21 calories
Now that you know how, try it out for yourself and share your experience below!