How to Steam Spaghetti Squash

Things You'll Need

  • 1 spaghetti squash

  • Vegetable brush

  • Cutting board

  • Large kitchen knife

  • Large spoon

  • Steamer

  • Paring knife

  • Toppings of your choice

Several types of squash are available at your local supermarket, and spaghetti squash is one of the most unusual. Spaghetti squash is a large, oblong squash with a lemon-yellow color that, when cooked, reveals long strands that look very much like spaghetti. Steaming is one of the best ways of preserving spaghetti squash's subtle, mild flavor.

Step 1

Wash spaghetti squash by rinsing it under lukewarm, running water. Scrub it gently with a soft vegetable brush.

Step 2

Put the spaghetti squash on a cutting board and cut it in half lengthwise with a large kitchen knife. Work carefully because the squash can slip.

Step 3

Remove the seeds from the spaghetti squash with a large spoon, scraping away the pulp and string. Cut each half of the spaghetti squash into two pieces.

Step 4

Put the pieces cut side down in a steamer and cook them for 20 minutes. Test the squash by poking it with a paring knife. If the knife slides in easily, the squash is done. It may be necessary to cook the squash a few minutes longer, depending on the thickness of the pieces.

Step 5

Remove the squash from the steamer and allow it to cool slightly, then pull the strands out with a fork. Serve the squash hot with butter or olive oil, grated cheese, salt and pepper--or the toppings of your choice.

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