How to Make Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave

You can microwave spaghetti squash for a great low-carb side dish or entree. This cooking method is the quickest way to get those tender and fluffy noodle-like strands.

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite bases for weeknight meals—spaghetti squash! When cooked, spaghetti squash transforms into soft-tender strands that have a mild, slightly sweet flavor. I’ll walk you through how to microwave spaghetti squash for the ultimate quick and easy dinner.

Gone are the days of baking spaghetti squash and waiting around for 40 minutes. While roasting the squash means some caramelized strands, it also means warming up the kitchen and an increased cooking time.

Making spaghetti squash in the microwave is fast, doesn’t heat up the house or require any extra kitchen appliances.

Microwave Spaghetti Squash Recipe

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Ingredients

  • Spaghetti squash

Directions

Step 1: Prepare the squash

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Using a fork, pierce the spaghetti squash all around the outside. Scoring the squash lets steam escape while cooking.

Step 2: Microwave the squash

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Transfer the squash on a microwave-safe plate and place in the microwave. Microwave for 5 minutes. Rotate the squash, then microwave for another 5 minutes. Let sit for about 5 minutes, or until cool enough to touch.

Step 3: Scoop and shred the squash

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Cut in half, scoop out the seeds, then use a fork to shred the squash stands.

How to Serve Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash can be served as a side dish or main dish. Season it with olive oil, salt and pepper to keep things simple. The flavor also pairs perfectly with store-bought sauce for a low-carb spaghetti night. However, one of my favorite ways to enjoy cooked and shredded spaghetti squash is tossed in a skillet as a stir-fry with other vegetables.

For more ideas, check out our collection of spaghetti squash recipes.

Tips for Making Microwave Spaghetti Squash

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How long does it take to microwave spaghetti squash?

It takes just 10 minutes to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave. You’ll want to flip the squash halfway through to ensure it cooks properly.

You’ll also want to account for the time it takes to slice the squash in half, remove the seeds and rake the strands into pasta-like noodles. It takes about 15-20 minutes from start to finish.

What to do if your squash is undercooked?

If you slice into your squash and realize it’s not fully cooked, continue to cut the squash open and remove the seeds. Place each half, one at a time, in a microwave-safe bowl along with a touch of water. Microwave until fork-tender, about an additional 2-3 minutes for each half.

What happens if you overcook spaghetti squash?

Overcooked squash has a spongy texture, rather than the soft bite of a properly cooked squash. If you overcook the spaghetti squash, place the squash halves cut-side down on a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. Let sit for at least 5 minutes to help remove the excess liquid. This trick will help improve the texture and taste.

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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a food blogger focused on sharing allergy-friendly recipes. Her favorite ingredients include sweet potatoes, chickpeas and squash.