Cooking a Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

Cooking a Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

Cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave is a quick and easy way to add spaghetti squash to your dinner table.  Weeknights or when pressed for time, I frequently use this method to cook spaghetti squash.  So much so that I have a special dish I reserve for just this purpose.


  • A fork
  • A Large microwave-safe baking dish
  • A microwave
  • A Sharp, heavy chef’s knife or cleaver
  • A spoon


  • 1 whole medium spaghetti squash
  • water

Preparation Directions

  • With a sharp, heavy chef’s knife or cleaver, cut off the top or bottom of the squash. so that the spaghetti squash will stand flat and secure on your cutting board.
  •  Slice the squash in half lengthwise.
  • Use a tablespoon to scrape out the spaghetti squash seeds.
  • Place squash cut-sides-down in a microwave-safe baking dish.
  • Fill the microwave-safe baking dish with about 1 inch of water.
  • Microwave on high for about 12 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork.
  • Cooking time depends on the squash size and microwave power, so if you cook smaller spaghetti squash and a powerful microwave, your squash may cook sooner. If you cook larger spaghetti squash and have a lower-power microwave, cooking may take a little longer.
  • Let cool for about 15 minutes, or until squash is cool enough to handle.
  • With a fork, scrape out the spaghetti-like strands and prepare as desired.

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