How To Cook Butternut Squash In Microwave

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Delicious perfectly cooked fork tender microwave butternut squash cubes. Learn how to cook butternut squash in microwave with this simple method that you will want to follow time and time again.

Even better, you can use this winter squash microwave method for soups, stews, baby food and so much more.

microwave butternut squash recipe
Microwave Butternut Squash Recipe

Microwave Butternut Squash

I have been a HUGE butternut squash fan for many, many years. After having it for the first time on Fathers Day in 2008 as a butternut squash soup when we were eating out.

I love to cook a whole butternut squash in the slow cooker, do the same with instant pot butternut squash, cook instant pot butternut squash cubes, air fryer butternut squash cubes, and let’s not forget about yummy soup maker butternut squash soup.

But what they all have in common is that butternut squash is often so time consuming.

You spend ages slicing it, not knowing if the seeds are going to be huge in the centre.

Then you wait an eternity for the butternut squash to be cooked through.

Then you finally get to enjoy your yummy butternut squash.

Well, as part of our microwave month on Recipe This, I wanted to see how microwave butternut squash compares to the air fryer, instant pot, soup maker and slow cooker.

Can You Microwave Butternut Squash?

Yes, you can. Cooking butternut squash in the microwave is amazing and I highly recommend you give it a try and see if you like it as much as we do.

There are a few different methods for cooking butternut squash in the microwave. My favourite is microwave butternut squash cubes, but you can also cook a whole butternut squash or use the microwave to make a soup with.

How To Cook Butternut Squash Quickly?

If you are looking for a quick cook butternut squash recipe, then the quickest method is squash cubes.

You peel your squash, chop the butternut squash into cubes and discard the seeds. Though of course you can save the seeds for roasting in the air fryer if you prefer.

Then your butternut squash cubes are steamed in the microwave, just like you can do with MANY vegetables.

Even better, the cook time for your butternut squash cubes is JUST 7 minutes making it super fast for when you want to cook butternut squash quickly.

Microwave Butternut Squash Before Roasting

One of the best uses of the microwave is to use the microwave to do a part cook on your butternut squash before you load it into the air fryer for roasting.

It really speeds up the process.

You would simply cook your butternut squash in the microwave for 5 minutes instead of 7, then toss in some extra virgin olive oil and load into the air fryer for 5 minutes.

That means that instead of roasting butternut squash for ages in the oven, you can do it in 10 minutes via the air fryer and the microwave.

How To Steam Butternut Squash For Your Baby?

If you are making microwave squash for your baby, then I recommend that you increase the cook time by an extra 5 minutes.

This will then make the squash super soft.

Then add the squash to your blender and blend until smooth with a little baby milk to make it nice and creamy.

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Microwave Butternut Squash Recipe Ingredients

Microwave Butternut Squash Recipe Ingredients

Squash – Cooking squash in the microwave can be with any winter squash, it doesn’t have to be butternut squash if you don’t want it to be. We used one medium butternut squash that we diced.

Water – To microwave butternut squash cubes you will need a tablespoon of water into the bottom of your steamer basket.

Seasoning – Then for seasoning your butternut squash I love to keep it simple with salt, pepper, basil, and parsley. Though you can mix and match depending on what you are serving it with.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this microwave butternut squash recipe it has just been our Panasonic Microwave Oven. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of microwave recipes.

As well as your microwave you will need a good steamer basket that will fit in your microwave. We recommend this one.

How To Microwave Butternut Squash?

microwave butternut squash instructions
  • Liquid. Start by adding a tablespoon of water to the bottom of your steamer basket. This is so that you can perfectly steam your squash.
  • Prep. Peel your butternut squash, cube the butternut squash and discard the seeds. Then load into the steamer with your seasonings and then with your hands mix the seasoning into the butternut squash.
  • Microwave. Then place the lid on your steamer and then load your steamer basket into the microwave. Microwave your butternut squash for 7 minutes. Then load into a serving dish and tuck in.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to steam squash in the microwave and why it is a firm favourite of mine for a quick veggie side dish for dinner.

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How Long To Microwave Butternut Squash?

Microwave butternut squash cook time is JUST 7 minutes. This is for perfectly cooked steamed butternut squash cubes that are fork tender that you can serve for dinner.

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How To Cook Butternut Squash In Microwave

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How To Cook Butternut Squash In Microwave

Delicious perfectly cooked fork tender microwave butternut squash cubes. Learn how to cook butternut squash in microwave with this simple method that you will want to follow time and time again.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Microwave
Servings: 2
Calories: 169kcal


  • 1 Medium Butternut Squash
  • 1 Tsp Basil
  • 1 Tsp Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Place one tablespoon of water in the bottom of your steamer basket.
    Can You Microwave Butternut Squash?
  • Peel and then dice your butternut squash into cubes. Discard your seeds. Then add to the steamer basket.
    Can You Microwave Butternut Squash?
  • Add your seasonings and mix with your hands for an even coating.
    Can You Microwave Butternut Squash?
  • Place the lid on the steamer and then place in the microwave.
    Can You Microwave Butternut Squash?
  • Microwave for 7 minutes.
    Can You Microwave Butternut Squash?
  • Remove the lid, allow the steam to release, and do a fork test to make sure the butternut squash is fork tender. Then transfer to a serving dish.
    Can You Microwave Butternut Squash?


Steam – Note there is a lot of steam, so allow the steam to go before pouring into a dish.
Thanks for reading how to steam butternut squash in microwave on Recipe This. We have many more microwave recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious ideas to serve with your steamed squash, do check out our air fryer lemon chicken breast.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 1320mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 39869IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 3mg
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