Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Here's 2 easy ways to cook a spaghetti squash for all those great recipes. It's easier than you think. One reviewer has suggested poking a few holes in the squash before the initial microwaving. I have never done this and have never had a problem but you might want to do that just in case.


  1. Wash the squash and leave it wet. Microwave it for 5 minutes to help soften the skin (it's still really hard).
  2. Cut squash lengthwise and remove seeds.
  3. To Microwave: put squash halves cut side down in baking dish in 1/4 cup of water covered with plastic. Nuke it for 7-10 minutes.
  4. To Bake: put squash halves cut side down in baking dish in 1/4 cup of water and bake for 45 minutes covered with foil. Don't let the water cook away. Check it and add more if needed.
  5. After it's cooled slightly, scrape out the veggie strands with a fork and season with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and parmesan cheese or proceed with another spaghetti squash recipe.
Most Helpful

Step 0 - Poke some holes in the squash before microwaving. Don't ask how I know this!

willys_4bta April 29, 2009

I used the microwave method, and this came out perfectly. Tender and moist. Thanks Realtor for a nice simple keeper. Made for Healthy Choices tag.

lazyme August 07, 2011

I had a small spaghetti squash. Maybe 2 pounds. I cooked each half 7 minutes at high in the microwave. It was perfect. Thanks Realtor :) Made for 123 hit wonders

Boomette September 24, 2009