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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Learn how to cook spaghetti squash in the oven or microwave for a tasty low-carb side; eat spaghetti squash as is or pair it with a protein to create a full meal. 

METHOD #1: How to Make Spaghetti Squash in the Oven

1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Then, place the halved spaghetti squash on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

2. Turn them over so that the insides face down on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes until you can easily pierce the flesh with a fork.

3. Remove the squash from the oven and allow it to cool. Then, use a fork to fluff and separate the strands. Add them to a mixing bowl.

METHOD #2: How to Make Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

1. Drizzle the squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

2. Add water to a microwave-safe dish, about 1-inch high. Place the halved spaghetti squash flesh down in the dish. Depending on the size of your microwave you may need to cook one half at a time.

3. Microwave for 10 minutes and check for doneness. Continue microwaving in 2 minute increments until the spaghetti squash is fork tender.

4. Carefully remove the squash from the microwave and allow it to cool. Then, use a fork fluff to separate the strands and add them to a mixing bowl.

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COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT SPAGHETTI SQUASH

What is spaghetti squash?

Spaghetti squash is a yellow vegetable harvested in the early fall. When cooked, the insides shred easily into thin strands mimicking angel hair pasta; its superpower is taking on the flavor of whatever it cooks in, so use spaghetti squash as an alternative to spaghetti or Pad Thai.


How do you prepare a spaghetti squash?

1. Cut the squash in half lengthwise using a sharp knife. To make it easier, you can also cut the ends off of the squash, then cut it in half.

2. Scoop the insides out and discard.


What does spaghetti squash taste like?

It has a neutral flavor known to take on the qualities of what it cooks with, though I think it has a slightly sweet profile.


Is spaghetti squash healthy?

One cup of squash is low in calories and carbohydrates and packed with micronutrients.


How long does spaghetti squash last?

Uncooked squash keeps in cool, dry spaces like a pantry for up to 2 months.

Cooked Squash will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days if stored in an air-tight container.

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

This guide teaches how to cook spaghetti squash in the oven and the microwave for a tasty low-carb side.  
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Preparations
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook spaghetti squash
Yield: 6 Servings
Author: Tressa Jamil

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, 3 pounds, halved and cleaned
  • olive oil, to taste
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, coarse ground, to taste

Instructions

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Then, place the halved spaghetti squash on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn them over so that the insides face down on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes until you can easily pierce the flesh with a fork.
  • Remove the squash from the oven and allow it to cool. Then, use a fork fluff to separate the strands and add them to a mixing bowl.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave:

  • Drizzle the squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add water to a microwave-safe dish, about 1-inch high. Place the halved spaghetti squash flesh down in the dish. Depending on the size of your microwave you may need to cook one half at a time.
  • Microwave for 10 minutes and check for doneness. Continue microwaving in 2 minute increments until the spaghetti squash is fork tender.
  • Carefully remove the squash from the microwave and allow it to cool. Then, use a fork fluff to separate the strands and add them to a mixing bowl.

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Roma

Saturday 4th of June 2022

Great and helpful tips.

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 12th of June 2022

Thanks, glad it was a good resource.

Bianca

Friday 3rd of June 2022

Just made spaghetti squash for the first time and it was delicious. I did the fist method with the oven.

Tressa Jamil

Friday 3rd of June 2022

We do the oven method most often as well; I am so glad it worked out for you.

Giangi

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

I was always reluctant to make spaghetti squash but thanks to your easy-to-follow directions my family and I enjoyed a great meal last night, thank you. Easy and so yummy!

Tressa Jamil

Friday 3rd of June 2022

I am glad our page made it easy for you to try spaghetti squash.

Olga Veiga Gonzalez

Monday 30th of May 2022

Such a good recipe! Thanks so much.

Tressa - Jamil Ghar Team

Monday 30th of May 2022

I am happy you found this resource helpful.

fede

Monday 30th of May 2022

I find this recipe for cooking spaghetti squash very clear and the result was excellent. Will make it again.

Tressa - Jamil Ghar Team

Monday 30th of May 2022

I am glad this resource could help you out! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.