Can You Microwave Butternut Squash?

If you have decided to microwave butternut squash then make sure you give the rest of this article a read. We’ll explain the multiple methods for microwaving it alongside our top tips:

How to Microwave Butternut Squash

You have two options for microwaving butternut squash and both are very different and are used for different purposes. One option is for when you just want to make the squash a little easier to prepare and the other is to fully cook your butternut squash in the microwave.

How to Microwave to Make Butternut Squash Easier To Peel

If you’re simply looking to make it easier to peel a whole squash then here is the method you’ll need to follow.

This method softens the tough skin on the butternut squash just enough to make it easier for you to peel and cut the squash up. You will need a microwave-safe plate and a sharp knife.

  1. Cut Ends
    Cut each end off the butternut squash to start with. Then prick holes into the skin all over the butternut squash.
  2. Place Onto Plate
    Put the squash onto a plate and put it into the microwave.
  3. Microwave
    Heat for about three to four minutes and then take it back out of the microwave.
  4. Cool
    Allow the squash to cool for a few minutes.
  5. Peel
    Once the squash is cool enough to handle then you can peel and cut it as usual. You will find it much easier to peel than usual.

How to Cook Butternut Squash In The Microwave

You don’t need to peel the squash before cooking but you will need a sharp knife and a plate.

  1. Slit Skin
    Before microwaving you need to slit the skin on the butternut squash in several places. Make sure you space them out so that the whole squash is covered. This is to help the steam from the squash escape as it cooks.
  2. Place Onto Plate
    Pop the squash onto a microwave-safe plate and put it in the microwave.
  3. Microwave
    Microwave on full power for about ten to twelve minutes.
  4. Cook
    After the squash is cooked you can take it out of the microwave and leave it on the kitchen side to cool.
  5. Cut Up and Serve
    Once you can handle the butternut squash without burning yourself then you can cut up and serve the squash as usual.

3 Tips for Microwaving Butternut Squash

Below are our 3 tips for microwaving butternut squash. They should be helpful when it comes to cooking butternut squash and may give you some extra ideas:

  • Add Slits – Cutting slits into the skin of butternut squash is important so always make sure you have a sharp pairing knife on hand. These slits allow steam that builds up inside the squash to escape. If you miss out on this step then you may find that your squash explodes in the microwave.
  • Grill – If you love the roasted finish of butternut squash but don’t have the time then you can follow the method outlined above to cook your butternut squash in the microwave and then finish it off by popping it under the grill to chargrill the top of the squash slightly. You get the best of both worlds!
  • Make Mash – Microwaving your butternut squash is the perfect way to make delicious mashed squash. Cook your butternut squash in the microwave and then when it is finished you can slit the whole butternut squash in half and scoop out the insides. Pop these into a bowl and season with a little salt and pepper. Mash with a fork or a potato masher and you have an easy and tasty side dish.

Advantages of Microwaved Butternut Squash

There are a couple of very obvious benefits to microwaving squash:

  1. Quick
    The biggest advantage of cooking butternut squash in the microwave is how quick it is to do. It can take between forty and sixty minutes to cook diced butternut squash in the oven. In the microwave, it takes a few minutes.
  2. Saves Prep Time
    Another advantage of cooking your butternut squash in the microwave is how it saves you in prep time. You can cook it with the skin on and avoid trying to cut through that tough skin.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Butternut Squash

Unfortunately, it might be quick and easy but there are some negatives to cooking butternut squash in the microwave:

  1. Lack of Roast Flavour
    Although there are not many disadvantages to cooking butternut squash in the microwave one disadvantage is that you don’t get the same charred finish that makes roast butternut squash so tasty.
  2. Take a Long Time (for Microwave Cooking)
    Butternut squash is one of the slower veggies to cook in the microwave and it can take up to fifteen minutes. This is still much quicker than cooking it in the oven and it does save you time and effort in prep work.

How to Reheat Butternut Squash in the Microwave

If you have cold butternut squash you need to reheat then the microwave is the perfect method for doing so. All you need to do is pop the cold squash into the microwave in a dish and heat on full power for a couple of minutes.

Test the temperature and give the squash a stir and reheat for another minute or two until the squash is piping hot throughout.

How to Defrost Butternut Squash in the Microwave

If you have frozen butternut squash then you can cook it right from frozen. This type of squash is perfect for oven roasting and by the time it is cooked you won’t notice the difference between frozen and fresh butternut squash.

Final Summary

Butternut squash is a tricky vegetable to prepare and cook but in the microwave, it couldn’t be any easier. Within a few minutes, you have perfectly cooked and ready to eat squash – perfect for any roast dinner or side dish!

If you still want to roast your squash then you can still use the microwave to make the skin easier to peel and the squash less difficult to cut.