How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Relax! Armed with these step-by-step instructions, you'll have no trouble breaking down a spaghetti squash.

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Whether you microwave or roast, perfect noodlelike strands of spaghetti squash can be yours. See how easy it is to cook a spaghetti squash with these tips and techniques.

Prep for the Microwave

Before you microwave a spaghetti squash, poke holes all over it with a fork.

Microwave and Rotate

Microwave the spaghetti squash in 5-minute increments, rotating the squash after each.

Give It a Squeeze

The squash is done when it is tender and gives when squeezed with a kitchen towel, 10 to 15 minutes total.

Cut the Squash

Still using the kitchen towel to hold the squash, cut it in half.

Remove the Seeds

Use a fork to scoop out the seeds from the middle of the spaghetti squash.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the spaghetti squash on a sheet pan and roast for 1 hour (no need to poke the squash with holes).

Cook Till Tender

The squash should be tender, browned and wrinkly in spots, and it should give when squeezed with a kitchen towel. Cut the squash in half, then scoop, scrape and serve just like microwaved squash.

Season and Serve

Serve spaghetti squash "noodles" with the simple and satisfying trio of butter, salt and pepper — grated Parmesan is nice too.

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