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How To Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Louise Hendon | October 6
How To Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a fantastic grain-free noodle that’s super easy to cook. I love sloshing some Paleo sloppy joes on top of spaghetti squash.

What is Spaghetti Squash

According to Wikipedia, “spaghetti squash (Cucurbita pepo var. fastigata) (also called vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash, vegetable marrow, spaghetti marrow, and squaghetti) is an oblong seed-bearing variety of winter squash.”

spaghetti squash
There are seeds in the middle (which you can roast to eat as a nice Paleo snack) and the “meat” of the squash is hard when raw (like all other squash), but falls apart into spaghetti-like strands.

how to microwave spaghetti squash

Methods of Cooking Spaghetti Squash

There are several methods of cooking spaghetti, including baking, boiling, steaming, and the one I think is easiest and fastest, microwaving.

How To Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Step 1:
Slice off a thin slice from each end, and then cut open the spaghetti squash lengthwise.

how to cook spaghetti squashStep 2:
Remove the seeds from the inside of the spaghetti squash (wash the seeds, remove strands, and place clean seeds on baking tray to bake as a snack).

Step 3:
Using your hands, slather some coconut oil (or olive oil, bacon fat, tallow, lard, duck fat) throughout the inside of the squash.

How To Microwave Spaghetti SquashStep 4:
Place in microwaveable tray, cover with a paper towel (to prevent any splattering so you don’t have to clean your microwave) and microwave for 5 minutes on high. Check how tender the squash is after 5 minutes and microwave for 1-2 extra minutes if not soft to the touch. I microwaved each half for 7 minutes.

How To Microwave Spaghetti SquashStep 5:
Cool for 5 minutes and use a fork to take off the “spaghetti” strands.

how to microwave spaghetti squash

How To Microwave Spaghetti Squash
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil (or other Paleo fat like olive oil, lard, tallow, bacon grease, duck fat)
Instructions
  1. Slice off a thin slice from each end of the squash, and then cut open the spaghetti squash lengthwise.
  2. Remove the seeds from the inside of the spaghetti squash.
  3. Using your hands, slather some coconut oil (or olive oil, bacon fat, tallow, lard, duck fat) throughout the inside of the squash.
  4. Place in microwaveable tray, cover with a paper towel, and microwave for 5 minutes on high.
  5. Check how tender the squash is after 5 minutes and microwave for 1-2 extra minutes if not soft to the touch. Add more time if needed, but check every 1-2 minutes.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes and use a fork to take off the "spaghetti" strands.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1-2 cups