Q. I am new to spaghetti squash, I tried it at a friend’s house and she told me she steamed hers. I wondered if I could use a microwave instead. Can I just pierce it a few times and throw it in there like a baked potato or will it explode? It’s completely new to me and I have no idea. Can you microwave spaghetti squash and if so, how long for and at what heat?
A. Yes, you can absolutely use your microwave for spaghetti squash and with great results. Firstly, if you are new to this ingredient, it’s worth making sure you know how to choose the best ones. For the best flavor, find the biggest ones you can with the richest yellow color. These are the ripest ones and will have a nice delicate nutty flavour. Spaghetti squash can be used in place of noodles as a healthier alternative. Its nutritional profile includes zero fat, high potassium and beta carotene so it’s no wonder many people are turning to this vegetable.
The best way to preserve all of those wonderful nutrients and flavours, steaming is the best method. Here is the simplest way to go about getting the best from your squash.
While it is possible to microwave it whole, great care must be taken in piercing it enough times to avoid the exploding squash problem. We prefer this method for the best and easiest results.
First, place a whole spaghetti squash in your microwave, set it to high and cook it for 3 minutes. This is just to make it easier to cut in half. Be careful when removing the squash from the microwave and always use oven gloves just in case.
As soon as you have taken it out of the microwave, take a sharp knife and cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise in half. Now you can remove the seeds with a quick scoop of a spoon from each half and discard them.
Place the two halves of spaghetti squash on a microwave safe dish facing cut side down. The dish will need to have a little depth so that you can add a 1/4 cup of water.
Cover the dish with microwave safe plastic and cook on HIGH for 6 minutes per pound of squash.
Carefully remove the squash and remove the flesh from the skin with a fork and serve.