Butternut squash is one of the most versatile and nutritious fall vegetables that can be used in a wide range of food recipes, making it a perfect ingredient or main dish to include on your menu. It can be cooked in many ways, such as grilling, roasting, toasting, baking, frying, and steaming, with endless serving and plating possibilities. While many people cook butternut squash in the oven, did you know that squash can be easily cooked in a commercial microwave oven? Here are the two most popular ways to cook delicious fall squash in your microwave:
Microwaving The Peel Off
Have you ever tried to skin an uncooked butternut squash before? It’s like trying to peel the bark from an oak tree with a paring knife – tough, tedious, and tiresome! This is where a commercial microwave oven can help. To microwave, a whole squash for peeling, start by slicing off about a ¼ inch from the top and bottom. Next, score the peel 20 to 30 times using a fork to prep the squash for cooking. Microwave the squash in a microwave-safe dish for up to 4 minutes. Carefully take the dish out of the microwave and let it sit until it is cool enough to handle. When cooled, you can easily peel the butternut squash using a peeler or paring knife.
Microwaving Whole Squash
Cooking whole butternut squash in a commercial microwave is actually very easy to do. To cook a whole squash in your microwave, first cut about a ¼ inch from the ends of the squash. Next, slice the squash in half crosswise at the bottom of the neck. To finish prepping the squash, create ‘steam holes’ by using a fork to poke holes throughout the top of the skin all over. When your squash has been prepped, microwave each segment in a microwave-safe dish, making sure to include about an inch of water at the bottom of the dish. Although cooking times vary with the size of the squash, expect the neck to take about 12 to 15 minutes and the bottom to take about 10 to 12 minutes.
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