Microwaving spaghetti squash is the fastest and easiest way of preparing this vegetable. I almost never bother with baking it!
Microwaving spaghetti squash is my preferred method of cooking this vegetable. It’s easy enough to cook spaghetti squash in the oven; it’s ridiculously easy to cook it in the microwave.
Making microwave spaghetti squash is so easy in fact, and the results are quite comparable to baking, that more often than not, when cooking spaghetti squash, I choose the microwave.
Microwave spaghetti squash is very easy to make. Pierce with a fork, microwave for 5-6 minutes on each side, and it’s done!
This cooking time is ideal for a small, 2 lb. spaghetti squash. If your spaghetti squash is larger, you’ll probably need to microwave it a bit longer. Your goal is soft spaghetti squash that can be easily pierced with a fork. Try 6 minutes per side for larger squashes.
If you decide that your spaghetti squash is ready, but upon slicing it you realize it’s still too hard, simply scoop out the pulp and seeds; place each half in a large, microwave-safe bowl; add a little water, cover, and microwave until fork-tender, probably 2-3 more minutes.
If you microwaved the spaghetti squash for too long and it’s mushy, place the halves cut side down on a clean towel to absorb some of the liquid that will come off. Take comfort in the fact that it will still taste great.
In general, microwave spaghetti squash strands do tend to be a bit mushier than baked spaghetti squash strands. It’s up to you if the slight mushiness is worth the easier preparation. I think it is.
Watch the video to see how easy it is to make microwave spaghetti squash:
- 1 small spaghetti squash (2 lb.)
- Pierce the spaghetti squash in a few spots with a sharp knife.
- Microwave 5 minutes; turn to the other side and microwave 5 more minutes, until soft to the touch. For a larger squash, try 6 minutes per side. Let stand for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Allow to cool 2-3 minutes, just until easier to handle. Scoop out the pulp and seeds from the center, then rake a fork back and forth to remove strands of the flesh onto a serving bowl.
- Toss with butter, salt and pepper or with your favorite sauce and serve.