How to Cook & Boil Spaghetti Squash

Cooked spaghetti squash is a low-calorie alternative to pasta. One cup offers 42 calories and only three from fat. Besides, this winter squash is a source of vitamins A, B6 and C, niacin, iron, potassium, pantothenic acid, manganese and calcium. It is also a source of fiber. The flesh, which comes out of the shell in strings when you scoop it out, gives this cylindrical squash its name. There are several ways of preparing spaghetti squash, from microwaving and baking to boiling it.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • Fork
  • Baking pan
  • Microwave oven
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Microwave-safe dish and cover
  • Water
  • Measuring cups
  • Crock pot
  • Pan
  • Stove


  1. Baking

    • 1
      Bake spaghetti squash.
      Bake spaghetti squash.

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    • 2

      Pierce the shell of a spaghetti squash several times with a fork.

    • 3

      Place the squash in a baking pan and bake it for about one hour. The squash is cooked when you're able to pierce the flesh all the way through with a fork.


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      Microwaving spaghetti squash is the quickest way.
      Microwaving spaghetti squash is the quickest way.

      Cut the squash in half lengthwise.

    • 2

      Scrape the seeds out with a spoon.

    • 3

      Fill a non-plastic microwave-safe dish with ¼ cup of water.

    • 4

      Place the squash halves in the water dish, cut side facing up.

    • 5

      Cover the dish with a glass lid or another microwave-safe material. Avoid plastic wrap, to ensure that nothing leaches into your food during microwaving.

    • 6

      Transfer the dish to the microwave and cook on high for about 12 minutes or until the flesh is tender. Let the squash sit covered for five minutes before removing it from the microwave.

    Slow Cooking

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      Slow cooking makes squash very tender.
      Slow cooking makes squash very tender.

      Add 2 cups of water to a crock pot large enough to hold your squash whole.

    • 2

      Pierce the squash shell in several places.

    • 3

      Transfer the squash to the crock pot.

    • 4

      Cook the squash on low for eight hours.


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      Cook the squash in boiling water.
      Cook the squash in boiling water.

      Fill a pan large enough to accommodate the whole spaghetti squash with water.

    • 2

      Bring the water to a boil.

    • 3

      Transfer the squash to the boiling water. Let it cook for 30 minutes.

    • 4

      Insert a fork into the squash after 30 minutes of boiling. If the fork pierces the shell all the way through without resistance, the squash is cooked.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rinse the spaghetti squash's shell to remove dust before cooking. Let the cooked squash cool for up to 20 minutes to make it easier to handle it. Once cooked, scrape out the flesh to season and eat.
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  • Photo Credit different squashes image by saied shahinkiya from dish for cake image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from microwave image by andrey polichenko from pork in a slow cooker image by pr2is from boiling water 2 image by Christopher Hall from

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