You can cook butternut squash in many ways: it can be roasted, sautéed, pureed or boiled. Whatever cooking method should you choose, we will give you cooking times and temperatures ! Translation in French: courge butternut.
How do I cook butternut squash?
- Preparing butternut squash
- Cooking butternut squash in an oven (roasted)
- Oven-cooking butternut squash in halves (roasted)
- Cooking butternut squash in a microwave oven
- Cooking butternut squash in a pan (sautéed)
- Cooking butternut squash with a pressure cooker
- Cooking butternut squash in a pot (in water)
- Mashing butternut squash (pureed)
What to pair butternut squash with?
Butternut squash goes well with pork chops and beef cuts. You can also pair it with onions, mushrooms and bleu cheese! Butternut squash can be used in several dishes, such as soups, stews, and roasted or pureed side dishes.
Preparing butternut squash
To prepare a butternut squash for cooking: peel, seed (discard the seeds) and cut one small butternut squash into small chunks.
Cooking butternut squash in the oven
Cooking butternut squash in the oven. Baking butternut squash in an oven (aka roasting it) is a very easy way to cook it.
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
2. Prepare the butternut squash cubes (1-inch) and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper, and toss to coat the squash evenly.
3. Spread the squash out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
4. Bake the squash in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tender and caramelized.
5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and serve the butternut squash hot. You can also store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy!
Oven-cooking butternut squash in halves
Oven-cooking butternut squash in halves. Another way of preparing butternut squash is to cook it in the oven in halves. To do so, simply rinse it, cut it in halves, discard the seeds and pop it in the oven.
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Wash the butternut squash and pat it dry with a paper towel. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, using a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Scoop out the seeds and discard them.
3. Place the squash halves cut-side up on the prepared baking sheet.
4. Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil over the squash halves, using a pastry brush (or your fingers, if you don’t have a pastry brush). Sprinkle the salt over the top.
5. Bake the squash for 45-60 minutes, or until it is tender and easily pierced with a fork.
Cooking butternut squash in a microwave oven
To cook butternut squash in a microwave oven, you should:
1. Prepare your butternut squash and place chunks in a microwave-safe dish and add butter or olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap and microwave on high for 5-7 minutes, or until the squash is tender.
3. Remove the dish from the microwave and test the squash for doneness. If it is not yet tender, microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until it is cooked to your desired level of tenderness.
Cooking butternut squash in a pan
Cooking butternut squash in a pan or a skillet. If you want to sauté diced butternut squash, here’s what to do : that makes for a quick and easy side dish.
1. Heat 3 tb of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add the butternut squash cubes and cook for 15 minutes, until tender and lightly brown.
Cooking butternut squash with a pressure cooker
Cooking butternut squash with a pressure cooker. To boil butternut squash with a pressure cooker, here’s what you should do:
1. Prepare the butternut squash and cut the flesh into chunks
2. Place the butternut squash chunks in the pressure cooker and cover with water. Close the pressure cooker lid and turn the heat to high.
3. Once the pressure cooker reaches pressure, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 6-8 minutes.
4. Turn off the heat and use the quick release method to release the pressure. Be careful when opening the pressure cooker as steam will be released.
5. Use a fork to test if the butternut squash is tender. If it is not fully cooked, close the pressure cooker lid and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Cooking butternut squash in a pot
Cooking butternut squash in a pot. Boiling butternut squash in water is really quick! Here are the simple steps to follow to do so:
1. Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.
2. Prepare your butternut squash and cut in in cubes. Add the cubes to the boiling water.
3. Cook for 5-6 minutes, then drain.
Mashing butternut squash
Mashing butternut squash. If you like butternut squash purée, here’s what you shloud do:
1. Prepare and cook your butternut squash chunks (preferably in water or with a pressure cooker : that should take betwen 5-8 minutes depending on the size of your chunks).
2. With a hand held blender, mash until smooth. Add cooking water if you have any or plain water. Season to taste.
Butternut squash is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.