3 Ways to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash…what the heck do you do with this stuff? And does it even taste like spaghetti?

It is actually really easy to cook. You don’t have to do much, but spaghetti squash can be a beast to prepare for cooking. I’m going to share with you 3 ways that you can cook this tasty squash and 10 fun recipes to try.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash - 3 Ways

Does it taste like spaghetti? I think both yes and no. After cooking, you can separate the flesh into thin, spaghetti-like strands of squash that resemble spaghetti.

It doesn’t have a super strong taste (such as butternut squash) so it can be easily substituted in place of spaghetti noodles for a healthier, gluten-free “pasta.”

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash – 3 Ways

Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash

  1. Wash the outside of your squash thoroughly.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Cut the spaghetti squash in half from stem to end.

Important Side Note: This is how I know that my knives need sharpening STAT: I pretty much mutilated the spaghetti squash as I was trying to cut it in half and had serious fears that I was going to slip and chop one of my fingers off. Again.

Okay, not really off, but I did cut the tip of my left ring finger off back in the early days of GoodLife Eats and had to have it stitched back together. That’s something I never want to experience again.

The squash is hard when it is uncooked. You’re going to want to cut the squash very slowly and very carefully. Make sure your work surface and the knife are both dry so you don’t end up slipping and cutting yourself.

  1. Scoop out the seeds and discard the seeds (or roast them for a snack!). Don’t go overboard and scoop too much of the flesh out because you want to keep as much of that as you can.
  2. Brush the cut insides with olive oil. Place oiled side down in an oven-safe roasting or baking dish.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of water to the dish, optional, and cover with foil.
  4. Bake for 30-45 minutes. 

You’ll know the squash is done when it is tender and can easily be pierced with a fork. When you flake through the flesh (like you would with fish), the squash will separate into thin, spaghetti-like strands (hence the name!)

Microwave Spaghetti Squash 

(yes, for reals)

I was a bit skeptical of this method. When I first started hearing about it I had visions of spaghetti squash exploding all over my microwave, looking like something out of a horror movie. I promise you, this is not at all what happens.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- 3 Ways

  1. Follow steps 1 – 6 for oven method, but OMITTING the foil (because microwave and metal!)
  2. Pierce the outer side with a knife a few times. I don’t know if this is really necessary, but it makes me feel better that I’m not going to have a microwave explosion.
  3. Then, cook at full power anywhere from 5 – 15 minutes.

Cook time using this method will depend on a couple things like: how big your squash is and the wattage of your microwave.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash

  1. Follow steps 1 – 4 for oven method.
  2. Then, place the squash oiled side down in a crock pot.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of water.
  4. Cover and cook  for 1 – 2 hours on high or on low for 3 – 4 hours.

10 Spaghetti Squash Recipes

So, now that you’ve cooked the spaghetti squash, using one of these three ways you might be wondering: what do I do with it now? 

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash - 3 Ways

What to do with spaghetti squash is an easy answer: drizzle with melted butter, sprinkle with parmesan, and season (to taste) with salt and pepper. That is the easiest way to serve it.

Serving it this way is SUPER delicious and takes pretty much ZERO time and is an excellent side dish. But, if you want to get a little more creative, here are 10 great spaghetti squash recipes that I’ve got my eye on to try. 

How do you like to cook spaghetti squash?