How to Cook Butternut Squash Fast

Butternut squash is a winter squash that has a firm texture and nutty flavor. The smooth-textured vegetable offer a variety of nutrients including vitamins A and C, riboflavin and iron. Although cooking it in the oven can take over an hour, you can quickly prepare squash in the microwave in less than 20 minutes.


Step 1

Wash the squash to remove dirt and dry with a dish towel. Its skin should be firm and free of cuts or bruises.

Step 2

Slice off the stem end, then cut the squash in half lengthwise. Spoon out the seeds and fibers.

Step 3

Position the squash, flesh side down, in a large microwave-safe dish and microwave on the highest setting for 5 to 8 minutes.

Step 4

Take the dish out of the microwave and turn over so that the flesh is face up. Microwave for an additional 5 to 8 minutes. The flesh should be tender.

Step 5

Let it stand in the microwave for an additional five minutes.

Step 6

Remove the vegetable from the microwave. Scoop out the flesh and serve mashed or add to a favorite recipe.


Items you will need

  • 1 butternut squash
  • Microwave
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Large microwave-safe dish
  • Dish towel


  • Cooking time may vary depending on your microwave and the size of your squash.
  • Uncooked butternut squash can be stored in a cool, dry area for up to 6 months.


  • Remove the dish from the microwave with oven mitts to avoid burns.

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