how to cut butternut squash for recipes

How to Prepare Butternut Squash for Recipes

The earthy, nutty flavor of butternut squash is perfectly comforting on a cold autumn day. If you are not used to cooking with this rich, delicious squash, it can be difficult to know what to even do with it. Follow these simple steps to cutting and prepping a butternut squash and you’ll be on your way to pro squash chef status in no time!

How to cut and prepare butternut squash for various recipes

The steps outlined in this post can be used on other kinds of squash as well. The only one that you need to treat very differently is spaghetti squash, which must be roasted with the skin still on.

When you have mastered these basic steps for prepping butternut squash, you’ll be able to easily cook it in a ton of different ways—roast it in the oven, cook it on the stove, add it to soups, stews, and even baking.

Step one is knowing which squash you are buying in the first place. Butternut squash have very pale skin and are oblong in shape with one end fatter than the other. Choose a squash that feels firm and has no soft spots or noticeable damage on the outside.

You will need a large cutting board to work on and a sharpened chef’s knife. Be sure that the knife is sharp, as dull knives are both more difficult and more dangerous to work with.

Lay your squash out onto the cutting board and slice off the two “eyes” of the squash, one at the top and one at the bottom.

How to cut and prep butternut squash the easy way

Stand up the squash so that the cut bottom side is facing down. Slice straight down through the whole squash from top to bottom so that it is in two equal halves.

How to cut a butternut squash like a pro.

The wider bottom end contains the seeds. Scoop them out and scrape the soft membrane out of the squash so that it looks clean and only the firm flesh is left.

How to cut and prep butternut squash for recipes.

Remove all of the skin from each half using a vegetable peeler.

How to prep butternut squash the easy way.

You may bake the squash like this if you want to, or you may want to cut it into smaller cubes. To do this, slice both halves evenly and then cut the slices into small chunks.

Slicing butternut squash to size before roasting it.

 

Cut butternut squash into small cubes to roast it

Now you are ready to prepare the squash in any way you please, but the most common and simplest thing to do is to roast it. Lay the pieces of squash out on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper to taste and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the squash feels soft throughout.

Organic Baked Butternut Squash with Herbs and Spices

Eat the roast squash as is or add it to any dish you like.

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

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