The Idiot’s Guide To Cooking Butternut Squash (With Pictures)

Hi, I’m Megan, and I’m going to teach you how to cook a butternut squash. By the time we’re finished here, you’ll know your butternut squash inside and out. Not to worry, it won’t hurt a bit! Are you ready?

First, you’ll need a butternut squash. It looks like this:

You’ll also need to preheat your oven to 350 F.


The size of your squash will determine how long it needs to cook. As with making love, for your very first time cooking squash, I’d go with a small one.

Next, you’re going to cut your squash in half, like this:


Few things in life are perfect. Cutting butternut squash in half is not one of them.

Once your squash is cut in half, you’re going to dig out the seeds and guts at the end, just like you would with a pumpkin. I like to use a spoon and do it over a trash can.IMG_4679.JPG

Are you having fun yet? Excellent! You’re doing great so far. Now that your seeds are all scooped out, it will look like this:


Now, you’re going to peel your squash. This part can be a bit tricky, but hang in there. It looks like this:IMG_4681.JPG

I also like to cut off these unsightly ends:


Following along all right? Good! You’re almost done. Now what you’re going to do is lay your squash face-down on a pan, and add a little bit of water to the pan. This helps keep things moist.


Once your oven is preheated, pop the squash in. Cook for about an hour and a half. It should be easily pierced with a fork.


Once the time is up, take your squash out, and turn them on their backs. Then from here you’re going to use a spoon or fork to scrape the meat out. IMG_4695.JPG

Once all the squash is scooped out, you’ll be left with two sad looking skins. You can toss these. And that’s it! That’s all there is to it.




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