Can I microwave Butternut Squash?

Q: I want to start planning my garden, and this year I was gifted a ton of squash seeds. I know that I can make spaghetti squash in the microwave, but what about butternut squash? I have only ever had it done in the oven. Is it possible?

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A: Making butternut squash is so much easier in the microwave than the oven! Not only do you not have to worry about burning, but the brown sugar you use has a chance to really coat the outside, not just caramelize!

YES, You can Microwave Butternut Squash

To make butternut squash in the microwave, simply cut it in half and remove the seeds. Next, cut it into quarters and place into a greased Pyrex dish (or deep bowl if you have one) just make sure it is microwave safe.

Sprinkle with brown sugar and cover with wax paper. Tuck the ends of the paper under the dish or bowl to make a partial seal. The trick is to steam the pieces, without making it mushy and soggy.

Microwave on high for 15- 20 minutes.
To test for doneness, use a fork and stick the largest piece. It should penetrate with little to no resistance, just like a potato.

Butternut squash is a winter favourite as it is hearty and filling, but it is also very diverse in its applications. With hundreds of recipes out there, start microwaving your butternut squash and serve up some gourmet meals!

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