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The Lazy Way to Cook Squash

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always scared I’m going to chop a finger off while cutting a large squash in half. I was bemoaning my fear to my mom at Thanksgiving and she said, “Why do you cut it in half?”

“Because everyone does.”

She said, “I don’t.”

My mom just sticks the whole darn thing in the oven then cuts and scoops out the seeds after it’s cooked.  It takes a little bit longer that way but nothing noteworthy.  It only added about 15-20 minutes which was totally worth saving my fingers.

I took it a step further.  I stick the whole squash (if it fits) in my pressure cooker.  Instead of 1-1.5 hours, it only takes about 15-20 mins.

You can also do this in a slow cooker.

Bigger squash take longer than small squash so you’ll want to test poke occasionally.

The Lazy Way to Cook Squash

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash

  • 1 spaghetti squash, small enough to fit in your pressure cooker (or squash of your choice)
  • 1 cup water

Place water in your cooker, set spaghetti squash on the bracket to keep it out of the water. Bring to pressure and cook for 17 mins.  Quick release the pressure (according to your cookers directions), do not open until the pressure valve is open.  Test squash with a fork.  If it’s not soft enough for the fork to enter easily, bring back to pressure for another 3-5 mins (it’s already hot so it shouldn’t take too long to bring back up to pressure).

Once your squash is soft, cut in half and scoop out seeds.


Whole Cooked Squash in an Oven 

  • 1 squash
  • olive oil or coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat squash with oil.  Place on a cookie sheet. Cook squash for about 1 hour or until soft enough to pierce with a fork.  A larger squash will take longer than a smaller squash.

Once soft, cut squash in half and scoop out seeds.


Whole Cooked Squash in a Slow Cooker

  • 1 squash (small enough to fit in your slow cooker)

Set squash on top of a wire bracket (or anything to keep the squash out of the water).  Add about 2-3 cups water, just enough so that it doesn’t quite reach the squash.  Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.

For some great ideas on how to use your squash now that it’s cooked, check out my Winter Squash Round Up.

14 comments to The Lazy Way to Cook Squash

  • Echo

    At last! I’m glad to see I’m not the only one cooking like this! I cook sweet potatoes and yams in my slow cooker, I bake pineapple/coconut upside down cakes, of course, squash!

  • Tara

    I think I love you! I loathe cutting into the hard squash and scooping out the seeds. I tried to cook it in the pressure cooker already halved and seeded, but can never get it to fit. Thank you!

  • Mary Huber

    This is a great idea. I never thought of it with squash, but I do use it with rutabagas (sometimes known as turnips). Rutabagas are those large, rock-hard yellow-orange guys. Extremely hard to cut. Once, I washed the vise and my husband’s woodchopper’s maul, clamped the rutababa in the vise and, with a mighty swing, I clobbered the rutabaga with the maul. Breaking it into pieces worked very well–TOO well, in fact. We had shards of rutabaga on the garage ceiling!

    Will try your squash trick with the pressure cooker tonight; thank you!

  • Kenwyn

    I’m big on saving time, but are the seed’s still able to planted after cooking them or sprouting. the question is does it kill the seeds or not?

  • Sue

    I have been cooking my squash in the oven for years, but I love the idea of the pressure cooker and/or the crock pot. One other way would be in my 6 qt. Nesco cooker, I bet, for maybe 2 hours on 250. Thanks for the great ideas.

  • Tania

    Ok..I was totally looking to see if anyone had done answered my question. I am delighted and I can’t wait to try this! My hubby just got my an electric pressure cooker and he was so surprised when I told him I could cook our squash this way. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Tammie

    How do you do it in the crock pot and for how long? Also, how do I get started on all the fermenting process? Do I need to biuy specific gadgets or can things around the kitchen work? My 7 yr. old has severe gut issues and I’ve been told to get him on fermented foods and I really just don’t know where to start. We’ve done all the eliminating of foods for a celiac too because he has food specific allergies too. Feeling a little overwhelmed and crazed cause nothing is really helping. Any chance you could email me personally some pointer to get me going? thanks!

  • Tammie

    Whoops saw thew slow cooker version, other questions still apply though!

  • Really want to incorporate more squash into my diet so thanks for this. Less work is always better :)

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