Using the microwave is my favorite way to cook spaghetti squash because it is SO fast and easy and only takes 10 minutes to cook the squash.
When you take the spaghetti squash out of the microwave it does need some time to cool because it is 'inside of a hot pocket' hot when it comes out.
How do you cook spaghetti squash in the microwave, you ask?
All you need is a microwave, a sharp knife, and 10 minutes.
Start by piercing squash with knife in multiple areas around squash.
Place squash in microwave on microwaveable plate and microwave for 5 minutes
Turn squash over (using oven mits)
Continue cooking another 5 minutes.
Take out of microwave and see if the skin is soft and ready to cut.
The outside of the squash should feel like a ripe pear or avocado.
Slice squash in half (careful for hot steam!) and allow to slightly cool before shredding.
Scoop out seeds and toss them
Then shred the spaghetti squash with 2 forks pulling apart for the perfect spaghetti like consistency.
It will feel similar to pulling apart pulled pork- if it doesn't feel easy to pull apart, microwave for a few more minutes.
Have fun with how you serve the squash!
This week, while the spaghetti squash was cooking, I sautéed chicken sausage and spinach and then tossed with the squash with lemon & olive oil, tomatoes, spinach and goat cheese.
Over the spoon for:
Easy meal prep
Gluten-free swap for pasta
Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
Does it matter which direction I cut the squash? Once it's done cooking you can cut the squash vertically or horizontally and then scoop the seeds.
How long does it last? About a week in the fridge - or once it's shredded you can put it in the freezer.
My other favorite meal prep hack is to make salads with coleslaw to last a couple extra days in the fridge, like this BLT- to-go Salad Recipe.
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the microwave
- Spaghetti Squash
- Pierce squash with a sharp knife on all sides to allow steam to vent.
- Place on microwave safe plate and microwave for 5 minutes.
- Turn squash on other side and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Carefully cut squash in half allowing steam to release and squash to cool.
- Scoop out seeds and serve squash with favorite toppings.