How to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave

How to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave

Cook spaghetti squash in the microwave to save time on meal prep with this easy time-saving kitchen hack

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 spaghetti squash


  1. Using a paring knife, make a cut in the squash about 1/8- to 1/4-inch deep from stem to bottom on both sides. With a fork, poke the squash in a few places with either your paring knife or a dinner fork. Place the squash in the baking dish and microwave for 3 minutes on high.

  2. Remove from microwave with oven mitts. Place the squash on the cutting board and cut all the way through to the middle of the squash. Use your hands to pull the two halves apart and break the squash at the stem.With a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Try not to scoop out a lot of the squash. 

  3. Using the same baking dish, flip the squash halves upside down in dish and pour about 1/2 inch level of water. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes on high. 

  4. Once squash is done, a fork should be able to poke through the skin easily. Microwave for another minute or two as needed. Remove from microwave. Place cooked squash on cutting board and use a fork to scrape the strands of squash from the inside.

  5. Once you have your spaghetti squash prepared, you just have to decide how you want to serve it. I like to keep it simple and sprinkle it with some Parmesan cheese and add a simple marinara sauce. But if you are feeling a little fancy, you can try out some of these spaghetti squash recipes as well.