Microwave Spaghetti Squash

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Cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave is so easy! Turn a raw spaghetti squash into a tasty low-carb side dish in just 20 minutes!

microwave spaghetti squash

Microwave cooking is one of my favorite kitchen shortcuts!  I use the microwave to quickly cook things all the time, and spaghetti squash is no exception.

Spaghetti squash is a perfect low-carb and gluten-free alternative to pasta!   You can serve it like you would serve spaghetti – it would be great with homemade pasta sauce and low-carb meatballs!

microwave spaghetti squash recipe

With the spaghetti-like strands and a mild neutral flavor, spaghetti squash is a healthy food winner!

whole spaghetti squash

Microwaving spaghetti squash is so quick and easy! I cook vegetables in the microwave (for example, broccoli, asparagus, potato, sweet potato, corn, green beans) very often.  If my oven, Instant Pot and Air Fryer are taken up by other foods that are cooking in there, microwave is to the resque :)

Spaghetti Squash Cooking In The Microwave

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash In The Microwave

Cut the spaghetti squash in half using a sharp knife (a great knife would really make your life easier – click here for my knife recommendations).

spaghetti squash with seeds

Scoop out and discard the seeds.  Did you know that there is such a thing as pumpkin seed scraper? :) If you don’t have it, just use regular spoon!  If you cook squash a lot and want to make the task of scooping seeds easier, click here to get the seed scraper on Amazon – you’ll thank me :)

spaghetti squash halves without the seeds

Put spaghetti squash halves in a microwave-safe 9×13 dish cut-side down and add 1 cup of water.

spaghetti squash halves in a microwave-safe dish

Put spaghetti squash in the microwave and microwave on High for 15 minutes, or until tender.  When done microwaving, carefully flip over the squash halves with tongs, so the cut side is up.

microwaved spaghetti squash halves

Separate the spaghetti squash into strands with a fork.

microwaved spaghetti squash separated into strands with a fork

Season spaghetti squash with salt, pepper and your favorite seasonings and enjoy! I love it sprinkled generously with Parmesan cheese, and it’s also great with butter and maple syrup!

microwave cooked spaghetti squash

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Microwave Spaghetti Squash

This microwave spaghetti squash is amazing! Cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave is so quick and easy!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spaghetti squash, squash
Cooking Method: Microwave
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 75kcal

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  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup water

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  • Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  • Add water to the microwave-safe dish. Put the squash cut-side down in the microwave-safe dish.
  • Microwave the spaghetti squash on High for 15 minutes, or until tender.
  • Remove the dish with spaghetti squash from the microwave and carefully put the spaghetti squash on a serving plate cut-side up.
  • With a fork, separate the strands of spaghetti squash so it looks like spaghetti. Season with salt, pepper or other seasonings. If desired, top with butter, Parmesan cheese, maple syrup or spaghetti sauce.


Serve with Homemade Tomato Sauce - once you try this homemade tomato sauce, you'll never want to eat one from the jar :)
If you are an Instant Pot owner, you can also cook spaghetti squash in it - see Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash recipe.
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Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
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