How to Cut Butternut Squash

By Rena |

Cutting a Butternut squash may seem confusing to some, but this post will walk you through all you need to know about butternut squash and How to Cut Butternut Squash.

Butternut squash on a cutting board.

Butternut squash, also known as butternut pumpkin, is such a delicious and versatile vegetable. It is a winter squash that is a beige-yellow color and is shaped like figure 8. Due to the round shape, it can seem difficult to cut. There are so many different ways to cook butternut squash whether you are making a savory or sweet recipe, but when it comes to cutting it, it may deter you! So don’t panic, we will be showing you a step-by-step process on how to cut a butternut squash like a pro.

Why you should eat more butternut squash?

  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • Low calorie food: Yes you heard it right. Each up of butternut squash has only 63 calroies with zero grams of fat.
  • Good for hydration: Butternut squash contains about 87% water and is great for hydration.
  • High in fiber: This vegetable is loaded with fiber which helps in promoting healthy digestion.

How Does Butternut Squash Taste? 

Butternut squash has a nutty sweet flavor to them. When cooked, their texture is similar to cooked sweet potatoes. 

Is Butternut Squash Healthy?

Yes! Butternut squash is a delicious and healthy vegetable. The squash is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. On top of that, butternut squash is low in calories while being super filling. One cup of cooked cubed butternut squash only has 82 calories.

How to Pick Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is sold year-round but is in season in the winter and fall. Here’s how to select the best one at the store: 

  • Avoid any squashes with green patches.
  • Look for butternut squash that is a darker shade of beige.
  • Uniformed in color.
  • Feels dense/heavy for its size.
  • The skin is matte and not shiny.

Here is How to Cut Butternut Squash like a pro

  • Slice off the top and bottom of the butternut squash.
  • Lay the squash on its side and using a vegetable peeler, peel the squash from end to end.
  • Cut the squash in half.
  • Turn each half upright and split it down the middle.
  • Scoop out the seeds using a spoon.
  • Place them cut-side down and slice into your preferred thickness.
  • Then cut the slices into small cubes.
Cut butternut squash on a cutting board.

How to Store Butternut Squash

Store uncut butternut squash in a cool dark place like the basement or pantry where sunlight won’t speed up the ripening process. It should last for at least a month. 

Once peeled and cut, the butternut squash has to be stored in the fridge. Place the cubes in an airtight container and store them for up to a week.

Benefits of butternut squash

  • they are rich in antioxidants
  • low in calories and high in fiber – one cup of butternut squash has only 63 calories with 0g of fat, 2.8g of dietary fiber, and 16g of carbs.
  • Loaded with vitamins and minerals: Vitamins A and C, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
  • Good for hydration and immunity

Ways to Cook Butternut Squash

There are so many ways to cook butternut squash! Here are ways to cook butternut squash:

  • Boil them: You can boil cut up butter squash in a pot of water to use in soups and make into puree.
  • Bake them: One of the easiest and best ways ro prepapre butternut squash. After you’ve cut the butternut squash up, place on a sheetpan, add some oil, salt and pepper, any additional seasoning, and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes. Stir them half way through. If you like butternut squash on the sweet side, 10 minutes in before turning them over, add either brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey. So good!
  • Sautee them: You can cook butternut squash right on your stovetop in a pan with a little bit of salt, pepper, and oil.
  • Roast them: Have an outrdoor grill? Slice your butternut squash and roast them over medium heat until they are cooked through. Season any way you like.
  • Air-fry them: With air friers being so popular now who even uses their oven or fry anything? Pop you seasoned butternut squash in the air-fryer at 360 F for 8-10 mins.
Cut butternut squash on a cutting board.

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How to Cut Butternut Squash

Butternut squash may seem confusing to cut at first but this post will walk you through all you need to know about butternut squash and How to Cut Butternut Squash.
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Course: ingredient
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Rena

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash

Instructions

  • Slice off the top and bottom of the butternut squash.
  • Lay the squash on its side and using a vegetable peeler, peel the squash from end to end.
  • Cut the squash in half.
  • Turn each half upright and split it down the middle.
  • Scoop out the seeds using a spoon.
  • Place them cut-side down and slice into your preferred thickness.
  • Then cut the slices into small cubes.

Notes

  • be sure to use a sharp knife
  • use a hard heavy feeling butternut squash. Check it to make sure non of its sides are soft 
  • Store pre-cut butternut squash in the fridge for up to one week. Place in an airtight container.
  • You can freeze pre-cut butternut squash for up to 3 months and use it in soups.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 2640mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 79725IU | Vitamin C: 158mg | Calcium: 360mg | Iron: 5mg
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