Does the thought of cutting a round, raw, firm spaghetti squash scare you? It’s challenging and can be dangerous. Years ago, I figured out how to cook spaghetti squash whole, without cutting it raw! I absolutely love this method and use it every time I bake spaghetti squash.
How do you cut raw spaghetti squash?
In my opinion, there isn’t an easy way to cut raw spaghetti squash.
It has hard skin and firm flesh, making it challenging to cut through both the surface and interior without using force.
When you force a knife into produce, it increases your risk of injury, plain and simple.
If you plan to cut spaghetti squash raw before you cook it, you’ll want to secure it and use a paring knife to score a dotted line through skin before you cut through with a larger knife.
You can make this dotted line lengthwise for shorter strands (from stem to bottom) or crosswise for longer strands (on the equator).
How to bake spaghetti squash whole without cutting it first:
When you bake spaghetti squash before cutting into it, everything is soft and pliable, making it a breeze to cut…and less dangerous. Here’s how I do it.
1) Heat oven to 375°; pierce skin of spaghetti squash in several places with a paring knife.
2) Place squash in a baking dish or baking sheet; bake for 60 minutes.
3) Carefully remove from oven and pierce the skin with a paring knife to make sure it’s tender enough to cut without force.
4) Cut off stem, cut squash in half, and scoop out the seeds.
5) Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over flesh, return it to the baking sheet flesh facing down, and bake 20-30 minutes until flesh has cooked through and browned on the edges. You’ll know it’s cooked when the noodles separate effortlessly with a fork, so be sure to test this when you think it’s done.
Can you cook spaghetti squash in the microwave?
The short answer…yes.
I have tested it and it’s very similar to my whole-baked method; i.e., pierce, cook whole, remove, cut, etc.
Honestly, I don’t love it.
I have a genuine fear of the squash exploding and have heard way too many stories along those lines.
Outside of cooking whole potatoes, I don’t use a microwave to cook raw food, mainly because of the uneven cooking that occurs.
Baked spaghetti squash (ingredients):
- 1 spaghetti squash
- extra virgin olive oil
Tools you’ll need:
Baked spaghetti squash toppings: