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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash {Ultimate Guide}

Are you ready to learn How to Cook Spaghetti Squash? This is the ultimate guide to making perfect squash! Bake, slow cook, pressure cook, or use an Instant Pot. Plus learn my tips & tricks for freezing spaghetti squash. 

Course Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Rashele Birmingham

Ingredients

  • 1 large spaghetti squash organic

Instructions

How to Cut Squash in Half (without losing a finger)

  1. Use a big, sharp knife (Forged Chef's Knife).

  2. Carefully insert the tip of the knife through the skin then move your hands out of the way. Press the knife into the squash until it is wedged securely & then (with your hands still out of the way) lift the squash & knife up together (remember, they are wedged together!) and bring it down swift & hard onto the cutting board in a chopping motion. I find that 1-2 good hits on the cutting board with the wedged knife yields a squash splitting easily into two halves.

  3. Using a large spoon, scoop the seeds out of the squash before cooking the squash. 

    How to Cook Spaghetti Squash {The Ultimate Guide} | Are you ready to learn How to Cook Spaghetti Squash? This is the ultimate guide to making perfect squash! Bake, slow cook, pressure cook, or use an Instant Pot. Plus learn my tips & tricks for freezing spaghetti squash. | thenourishedfamily.com

Bake Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a glass or stone pan with avocado oil, refined coconut oil, tallow, or lard.

  2. To bake whole: prick the squash all over, place on a cookie sheet or stone bar pan. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan & bake for 60 minutes (turning the squash over half way through). 

  3. To bake halves: place facedown on a cookie sheet or stone bar pan. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan & bake for 45-50 minutes or until soft. 

    How to Cook Spaghetti Squash {The Ultimate Guide} | Are you ready to learn How to Cook Spaghetti Squash? This is the ultimate guide to making perfect squash! Bake, slow cook, pressure cook, or use an Instant Pot. Plus learn my tips & tricks for freezing spaghetti squash. | thenourishedfamily.com

Slow Cooker or Crockpot

  1. To slow cook whole: prick the squash all over, place inside slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup water to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.

  2. To slow cook halves: place squash halves in slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup water to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6 hours. 

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Pressure Cooker

  1. To pressure cook whole: prick the squash all over, place inside the pressure cooker. Use the minimum amount of water required by the manufacturer or the pressure cooker. Once the cooker is up to pressure and "whistling" then set a timer & cook the squash for 15 minutes. 

  2. To pressure cook halves: place inside the pressure cooker. Use the minimum amount of water required by the manufacturer or the pressure cooker. Once the cooker is up to pressure and "whistling" then set a timer & cook the squash for 15 minutes.

    How to Cook Spaghetti Squash {The Ultimate Guide} | Are you ready to learn How to Cook Spaghetti Squash? This is the ultimate guide to making perfect squash! Bake, slow cook, pressure cook, or use an Instant Pot. Plus learn my tips & tricks for freezing spaghetti squash. | thenourishedfamily.com

Instant Pot

  1. Instant Pot whole: prick the squash all over, place inside the Instant Pot. Add 1/2 cup water to the pot. Use manual settings for high pressure x 15 minutes.

  2. Instant Pot halves: place inside the Instant Pot. Add 1/2 cup water to the pot. Use manual settings for high pressure x 12 minutes. 

    How to Cook Spaghetti Squash {The Ultimate Guide} | Are you ready to learn How to Cook Spaghetti Squash? This is the ultimate guide to making perfect squash! Bake, slow cook, pressure cook, or use an Instant Pot. Plus learn my tips & tricks for freezing spaghetti squash. | thenourishedfamily.com

How to Scoop out the Squash Meat

  1. Either wait until the squash is cool enough to handle or pick up a pair of handy silicone hand protectors. 

    How to Cook Spaghetti Squash {The Ultimate Guide} | Are you ready to learn How to Cook Spaghetti Squash? This is the ultimate guide to making perfect squash! Bake, slow cook, pressure cook, or use an Instant Pot. Plus learn my tips & tricks for freezing spaghetti squash. | thenourishedfamily.com

How to Freeze Spaghetti Squash

  1. Once cooled, scoop squash into quart sized (freezer quality) plastic bags. Lie flat to freeze. Keeps for 3-6 months in the freezer. Thaw before using. 

    How to Cook Spaghetti Squash {The Ultimate Guide} | Are you ready to learn How to Cook Spaghetti Squash? This is the ultimate guide to making perfect squash! Bake, slow cook, pressure cook, or use an Instant Pot. Plus learn my tips & tricks for freezing spaghetti squash. | thenourishedfamily.com